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6 August 2015 8:35 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news»
Varèse Sarabande will release the Sicario – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack digitally and on CD September 18, 2015, the same day that the Lionsgate film premieres in limited release, before opening wide on September 25.
The album features original music by Academy Award nominated composer Jóhann Jóhannsson (The Theory Of Everything, Prisoners).
Sicario debuted at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year, earning rave reviews for both the film and the score. Vanity Fair Magazine called the score “rumbling, evocative” and “he (Jóhannsson) has a wonderful knack for balancing eye-popping technical flourishes with more organic texture and mood.”
Sicario is Jóhannsson’s second collaboration with director Denis Villeneuve, for whom he scored the 2013 film Prisoners.
“Denis didn’t use temp music while editing, so I began writing the music with a completely blank slate. This was both daunting and exhilarating,” said Jóhannsson. “Like Prisoners, it’s quite tense and has a certain sense of dread,»
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"Obviously it's because of our times, if I'd been an actor in the '30s it might have been alcohol or bootlegging. That's the way the cookie crumbles. I've played a junkie, a casual user, the supplier, the one who has gone after a drug dealer, I've played them all."
The 48-year-old has two more drug-related roles coming up on the big screen.
He is playing the most notorious drug lord in history - Pablo Escobar - in Italian director Andrea Di Stefano's crime drama Escobar: Paradise Lost.
Del Toro's other film, Denis Villeneuve's Sicario, is centred on the border conflict between Mexican cartels and the FBI.
The drama was acclaimed at Cannes and stars Del Toro as a mysterious hit man, said to be a former Mexican prosecutor, who is working with the Feds to smash a smuggling ring.
He delivers a typically haunting performance that leaves us unsure of his motives.
Del Toro is remarkably studied on the drugs trade within the Americas. His acquaintance with it on screen ranges from very early roles as drug dealers in Miami Vice and Drug Wars: The Camarena Story to his Oscar-winning turn in Steven Soderbergh's 2000 film Traffic, playing a Mexican police officer who makes a deal with the DEA.
"In 15 years, I don't think anything has changed," he says.
What does he think the politicians should do about it?
"I think legalisation. That road needs to be explored more. In the United States they are legalising marijuana in some states, so instead of fighting fire with fire, that road needs to be explored."
Del Toro has been open about his own past drug use, but when I bring it up, he reverts to humour. "Yes, I just did some now. You got some?" He raises an eyebrow and gives a look with that glint in his eye that says "enough already".
It's a look that, with slight adjustments, he's used in films to let the audience know he either wants to kill someone, or make love to them.
He put on weight to play Pablo Escobar but has lost it again, and looks as devilishly handsome as ever. His reputation as a ladies man precedes him. He's been attached to a plethora of co-stars and had a daughter with Rod Stewart's daughter Kimberly in 2011 - an infamous press release at the time of Stewart's pregnancy confirmed that they were not a couple.
"Every day becomes more real," he says of parenthood.
"I think about her in a way that is not so much right now, but I'm always looking ahead, like 10 years down the line."
Although he's tended to steer away from blockbusters in the past, it's clear that he's become more amenable to them recently. He took a starring role in last year's Marvel Studios' smash hit Guardians of the Galaxy, an experience that he describes as "Halloween, every day you want".
He says he'd happily jettison all the drug movies he's made because "I like the characters that get the girl in the end - one way or another."
Sicario opens nationally on Thursday.
Stars: Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro, Josh Brolin, Jon Bernthal.
Director: Denis Villeneuve
Rating: MA 15+
Reviewer's last word: Emily Blunt and Benicio Del Toro are in top form in this compelling and gritty crime thriller about an idealistic FBI agent who is forced to question her beliefs in a cross-border drug war.
Star profile: Emily Blunt
Quirky fact: Acting and adopting new accents helped her to overcome a debilitating speech impediment (stammer) at age 12.
Best known for: The Devil Wears Prada, Edge of Tomorrow, The Young Victoria.
If you like this movie you'll like these: Black Mass, Macbeth, Escobar: Paradise Lost.
Quote: "I couldn't talk as a kid because I stammered all the time, so I would just watch. I'm fascinated by human behaviour. People surprise me all the time. And I love being able to morph into different characters."
Sep 21 15 10:31 PM
By Pam Grady
Sep 22 15 5:02 PM
Lionsgate is developing Sicario sequel around Benicio Del Toro's character.Richard Foreman)
Posted September 21 2015 — 8:12 PM EDTThe crushing crime thriller Sicario has only popped up in a handful of theaters since its Friday release, but the reception has been so positive that Lionsgate is already planning a follow-up.The studio is developing a sequel to Denis Villeneuve’s film centered around Benicio Del Toro’s character. The Oscar winner plays Alejandro, a mysterious assassin who teams up with FBI agent Kate Macer (Emily Blunt) in trying to take down a Mexican drug lord.WANT MORE EW? Subscribe now to keep up with the latest in movies, television and music.“Before the release of this movie, I was talking to Denis and I said, ‘What happened to this character?’” Lionsgate co-chair Patrick Wachsberger told Variety. “Where is Benicio going?”Taylor Sheridan, the film’s writer, is driving the project. Villeneuve is involved, but whether he’ll direct again remains to be determined.Variety first reported this development. Sicario is set for a wide release Oct. 2.http://www.ew.com/article/2015/09/21/sicario-sequel-benicio-del-toro
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By Ken Guidry | The PlaylistOctober 5, 2015 at 1:00PM
“Sicario” was released in theaters nationwide over the weekend, and the reception so far has been very positive. The movie features excellent performances from Emily Blunt and Josh Brolin, but it’s the outstanding acting work from Benicio del Toro that has really gotten people talking in particular. Del Toro stopped by The Landmark Theater in Los Angeles after a screening last Saturday evening for a fascinating Q&A session.
READ MORE: Cannes Review: Denis Villeneuve's 'Sicario' Starring Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin & Benicio del Toro
For twenty minutes, del Toro gave the audience some insight into his working relationship with director Denis Villeneuve, the chemistry he developed with co-stars Blunt and Brolin, and how he prepared himself before playing such a violent, complex character in Alejandro Gillick. **There are quite a few spoilers and major plot points discussed below** in the Q&A so, if you haven’t seen the movie yet, you may want to tread lightly. You can also listen to audio of the entire interview at the bottom of the last page. Check it out.
Congratulations on another great movie. You’re one of those actors where your ratio between hits and misses is pretty high. Are you picky about screenplays?I’m actually picky about —well, screenplays— but also the team. The team that makes movies. The movies are put together with a group: director, actors, and in this case, the cinematographer [Roger Deakins]. Usually, the script is the first thing that calls your attention when it’s original. Usually, if I read the script, I look at it and I go like, “Do I believe this?” and if I don’t, "Could it happen?"
How did Taylor Sheridan’s script find its way to you?It went through my agency but it came in with Denis [Villeneuve]. I read it and quickly met with Denis and he was really enthusiastic and very prepared. His vision was kinda clear and there was a sensibility about the subject too. He was someone who’d done his homework, so that was really what convinced me.
It’s funny because he tends to make these very, very dark movies... and yet he’s the sweetest, funniest, gentlest man. You would know better than I do, maybe he’s hiding [his dark side].No, he’s good. I think that what he has is that he gets really good people around him. He manages to push everybody to give 110% and then he manages to take all that [and] goes into post and does a great job of telling the story.
You’ve obviously made films before that sort of deal with this area of drug cartels. Was there any hesitation in playing this part again?Well, I haven’t played this part. I’ve played characters in this world before, but I’ve never played that guy who’s main engine is revenge. So that was new, for me to go out and play that kind of character.
In preparing for this role, you probably knew some [of these characters] from “Traffic” and “Pablo Escobar.”Before that, one of the first things I did was a TV mini-series called “Drug Wars” and it was based on the true story about a DEA agent called Kiki Camarena that went into Mexico and he was killed. The mini-series had a great cast, and through that I met several DEA [agents] that I’m still friends [with] to this day. And so, because of the films like that and “Traffic,” I’ve stayed in contact with them and been kept updated with what’s going on with the war on drugs. So that’s part of the preparation for it, but usually the preparation for this film was based on the script.
Was there any additional preparation that was new for Alejandro?Not really. I mean, my thing was —because he’s the Sicario, the hitman— that was kinda like, you know, how do you play a hitman? And I remember a story that I read about a Japanese samurai, and he was given an order to go and kill this evil lord on assignment. And as he went, he found him and had him cornered and pulled out his sword. Just as he was about to strike him, the evil lord spat at him and this caused a feeling of anger. Having those emotions, he put down his sword and walked away. He never killed the evil lord. To me, what that story was saying was that in order to be a hitman, you can’t have feelings. They have to be compartmentalized. So that was my approach to this character. Then again, you can’t play him completely without feeling, because otherwise you’re playing a mannequin. So that was the balance to play in there and that was my initial approach.
Was the film shot at all chronologically or all over the place? All over the place. But people think when you go do movies that it’s kinda like a party or something, but it really isn’t. You have to be on your toes. Everytime you finish, you go home and you gotta make sure you know where you’re gonna be tomorrowiIn the story. And sometimes you have to re-read the script back and forth just to see where you’re gonna be tomorrow. Like, “What scene is that? 67B and D?” and it jumps all over the place. It’s kind of boring, kinda like going to school.
Is it tough to be in this character’s headspace, or are you able to turn it off at the end of the day?I’ve been doing this for awhile, so I turn it off pretty quick. That’s one of the things as an actor that you learn —that you have to have a short-term memory and it starts early. It starts when you’re going to auditions and you get rejected all the time. So you train your short-term memory to be really efficient and you do that with characters as well.
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Oct 10 15 2:23 AM
By Lucia I. Suarez Sang
Lucia I. Suarez Sang is the Entertainment Editor for Fox News Latino. She can be reached at [email protected]@luciasuarezsang
Dec 16 15 6:13 AM
Another interesting article/video:http://deadline.com/2015/12/sicario-benicio-del-toro-the-contenders-video-1201636286/#
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