Benicio Del Toro's film worries
- Bang Showbiz
- 13 December 2008
Benicio Del Toro was worried his film 'Che', a biopic of Cuban revolutionary Che Guevara, would be a complete disaster
Benicio Del Toro was worried his film 'Che' would be a complete disaster.
The Puerto Rican-born actor convinced himself his biopic of Cuban revolutionary Che Guevara, who was born in Argentina, would be too complex to be a coherent work.
He said: "I am pleasantly surprised by what is up on the screen. At one point I thought it was a total disaster that was never going to end, that would never turn into a movie and never end up as a cohesive. It was like a painting that I thought was going to end up looking like mud."
Benicio - who takes the lead role of Che and produces the film -
Can understand why the heavily political film was not an attractive prospect for movie investors.
He explained to Britain's Independent newspaper: "Potential investors were like, 'So it's about a communist revolutionary and it's five hours long, and it's in Spanish - ummmm. But it would have been stupid to do the movie any other way in another language or any shorter."
'Che' received a 10-minute standing ovation from a 2,000 strong audience when it was screened earlier this week in Havana, the capital of Cuba.