Magazine article Screen International

Benicio del Toro Talks Escobar

Magazine article Screen International

Benicio del Toro Talks Escobar

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Actor discusses his portrayal of the Colombian drug lord alongside Hunger Games star Josh Hutcherson at Zurich Film Festival.

Benicio del Toro has said that he tried to capture the contradiction in Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar while portraying him in thriller Escobar: Paradise Lost:

"The film is clear. Escobar had two faces. He was a family man. He seduced a whole country but at the same time he brings it down. That was Pablo. He became a Robin Hood who also bled the country out."

Speaking at a Zurich Film Festival press conference, the Che star said he had mixed feelings about the infamous Escobar:

"I have pity for him. I don't like what he did. He was a talented man who wasted his talnet. But he brought a lot of suffering to a lot of people. He isn't someone to emulate. …

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