Friday, 24 October 2008

Benicio Del Toro

Tonight I'm going to check out coyly smug-mug Benicio Del Toro at the BFI Southbank.

It's going to be rad, short for radical.

From row G his husky voice will be the only sound byte I hear and that's more than okay with moi. He'll be laying out the facts of (his) life/career and his most recent producing project Che (premieres this Saturday). Visions of pending ignorance have encouraged me to delve a little bit deeper into the guerilla life that was Argentinian revolutionist Che Guevara.
If only to bring me a little closer to Benicio himself.

Above: Del Toro doin a damn fine impression of Che.

L: Che & Castro

While you wait for me to post back, feast your beedy eyes balls on Alberto Korda's famous photograph of Che.

Titled, Guerrillero Heroico it was taken on March 5, 1960, but seen on nearly every t-shirt this side of Hong Kong. Google his name and you'll know what I mean.

Guevara was 31 when this picture was taken in Havana, Cuba at a memorial service for victims of the La Coubre explosion.

This image may as well be the symbol of pop-culture. Hell, the first place I saw it was on my younger brother's wall, and I still had no idea who it was. This is defintely one of those images that has made it through time, but the story that comes with it is no longer taught in class or in history books but through the film industry. 2004 saw the writer's book on his motorcycle travels through Latin America be turned into the movie, The Motorcycle Diaries. Go figure.

And this l'il doozy the one that really did breed like a rabbit was originally created by Jim Fitzpatrick in 1967.

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