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Hey Disney, Benicio Del Toro Deserves Better Roles!

Okay, maybe its not entirely Disney’s fault that an Oscar winning actor like Benicio Del Toro now has two disappointing roles in cinematic universes under their corporate umbrella. It takes two sides to strike a deal. Perhaps Del Toro simply did it for the paycheck, because an actor of his caliber is struggling to find work in today’s industry. Perhaps Del Toro, like many veteran actors, wanted to be a part of something their children can enjoy, so they can see their father play an “awesome character” in an awesome movie. Whatever the case maybe, this blogger is not happy with what Del Toro has been given thus far by the Disney owned studios, and someone needed to say something.

First, there was The Collector in Guardians of the Galaxy. This character is a pretty big deal in the Marvel comics, with a vast collection of living beings (including at one point superheroes) and artifacts. There was a lot of hype and potential when Del Toro was cast to play The Collector, however that quickly disappeared thanks to a post-credits scene in Thor: The Dark World that was negatively received by fans, as well a much smaller than expected role in Guardians of the Galaxy. The basically serves as exposition on the macguffin, and is quickly done with afterwards.

The upcoming Avengers: Infinity War offers us a chance to see more of The Collector, especially since he owns one of the six infinity stones, so maybe there’s a chance for him to do more, and leaving a lasting impression (see Jeff Goldblum as The Grandmaster). But as it stands now, Del Toro was wasted in an otherwise awesome film. Now lets venture to a galaxy far, far away.

Hey now, I borderline love Star Wars: The Last Jedi. However, a major problem involved one of its several thinly written characters in DJ, an underworld code breaker. In retrospect, why cast someone like Del Toro to play a such a useless character in the overall grand scheme? It wouldn’t have been so bad if Lucasfilm didn’t build up so much mystery surrounding him. Hell at one point fanboys had me convinced that Del Toro could end up being that Boba Fett-esque villain in this trilogy. You know since that chrome armored what’s her face disappointed in TFA.

Instead the character of DJ ended up being a stuttering, rotten nobody. Even Daniel Craig in a cameo role made a lasting impression, meanwhile I never want to see the character of DJ again in Star Wars. Yes, the character provided moments of interest, especially his perspective on good and evil, but in the end he was what we all thought after one scene with his character.

I don’t mean to sound melodramatic over this, just in case I am. Its just something that I’ve been wanting to talk about ever since watching The Last Jedi for a second time. Hopefully Del Toro finishes strong as The Collector in the upcoming Avengers films, and never appears in Star Wars again, at least as DJ. Leave your thoughts on this matter below!

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