Benicio Del Toro Talks ‘Sicario’, Roger Deakins, and More

     October 12, 2015


If you want to see one of the best films of 2015, I suggest going to your local theater to watch director Denis Villeneuve’s Sicario. Loaded with great performances, a fantastic script, and tremendous cinematography by Roger Deakins, it’s one of those rare films where everything works perfectly and you walk out remembering why you love cinema.

While at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival I landed an exclusive video interview with Benicio Del Toro. He talked about memorable moments from filming, working with Roger Deakins, how they filmed a sequence with only one or two lights and how he didn’t think it would come out, but in the finished film was “incredible”, and more.

Finally, for those that don’t know anything about Sicario, the film stars Emily Blunt as an FBI agent who’s assigned to assist in the war on drugs on the border between the U.S. and Mexico. She sets out on a top-secret mission under the leadership of a questionable consultant (Del Toro) whose actions make her rethink what she’s committed herself to. Josh Brolin, who plays an elite government task force official, also stars alongside Jon BernthalVictor Garber, and Jeffrey Donovan. For more on Sicario,  read Adam’s review and why he thinks it’s a serious awards contender in a number of Oscar categories.

Here’s what Benicio Del Toro had to say. You can also watch my video interview with Roger Deakins for Sicario here.

Benicio Del Toro:

  • Memorable moments from filming.
  • What was it like to work with Roger Deakins?
  • How they filmed certain sequences at specific times of the day and has he ever done that on other films?
  • Talks about filming a sequence with only one or two lights and how he didn’t think it would come out but in the finished film it was “incredible.”


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