‘Star Wars: Episode 8’: Benicio Del Toro May Not Be Playing the Villain After All
The first reports of Benicio Del Toro’s casting in Star Wars: Episode 8 described the actor’s role as villainous, and when Del Toro himself later confirmed the casting, he said he’s “like the villain,” suggesting that there’s much more to this character than simply good or evil. In a new interview, the actor backtracks a bit on the whole villain thing, leaving us completely in the dark.
While promoting his role in Denis Villeneuve’s Sicario on Entertainment Tonight, Del Toro was asked about his villainous role in Star Wars: Episode 8. You can watch the interview below, but Del Toro says “I don’t know if he’s a villain. People are saying that, but it’s like they read a different script than I read.”
That doesn’t necessarily mean that he’s not playing an antagonistic character — Del Toro obviously can’t divulge any concrete details about Star Wars: Episode 8, especially this far out from the film’s production. Perhaps Del Toro is being clever in his choice of words and suggesting that the concept of good and bad, and heroes and villains, is all subjective. Maybe he’s a sympathetic bad guy. Who knows.
Del Toro goes on to say that “It’s nice to keep people in the dark” and that “a little bit of mystery is good,” and you can hardly argue with that opinion. Disney and Lucasfilm have taken a calculated and very measured approach to how much they reveal about the new Star Wars films and when, giving fans just enough info to keep us excited without over-exposing us to the point where there’s no mystery left.
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