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Benicio Del Toro Going Undercover in 'Making Jack Falcone'

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March 4, 2010
Source: Deadline

Benicio Del Toro

Even though The Wolfman turned out to be a tragic disappointment, not much blame, if any, can be placed on Benicio Del Toro, who turned in a decent performance. Now Del Toro's moving to a more recent past as Deadline reports he has signed on to portray real-life FBI undercover agent Jack (or Joaquin) Garcia in the crime drama Making Jack Falcone focusing on the agents exploits in taking down no less than 39 members of New York's Gambino crime family. Crime stories are a dime a dozen, so what do Del Toro and producers Steven Soderbergh and Peter Buchman (Che) find so interesting about this one? Read on!

Unlike the focus of countless other undercover police dramas highlighting the dilemma of loyalty and the stress of pretending to be just one fake criminal, Garcia had the difficult task of keeping several undercover identities straight. He would go from the New York case to Miami, where he posed as a New York capo in a sting against crooked cops, to Atlantic City, where he pretended to be a drug dealer in another case. Garcia's undercover tactics under the alias of Jack Falcone were so convincing, that despite his Cuban ethnicity, he had the mob so convinced that he was Italian that he was about to be "made" before the FBI stepped in.

This makes another in a series of interesting role choices for Del Toro who also has a completely surprising and unexpected comedic turn in the works as Moe in the Farrelly Brothers long-gestating Three Stooges film. However, this role might prove a challenge for him physically since Garcia, ironically enough, didn't have the most conspicuous frame coming in at 6'4" and 390 pounds. That'd probably be quite an unsafe amount of weight to gain so I'm sure there will be some make-up involved, but who knows. Either way, I'm always up for an intense crime drama and this one is no exception. However, we'll have to wait and see how soon this one gets off the ground, especially if Three Stooges is coming first, so stay tuned as things develop.

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  • dex
    I'm up for anything that's Benicio Del Toro. I don't care if his recent movies failed to burn up the box-office one thing we can always be certain is he'll deliver the goods. He's one the handful of sincere and dedicated actor in hollywood. i'm so excited to see this.
  • Cody
    Yeah #1 pretty much took the words outta my mouth, I mean everyones looking for money but Del Toro always gives me this sense that he actually has a lot of passion and care for what hes doing and that I can respect A LOT!
  • Mony
    Interesting. I agree with # 1 & 2. His movies might not make tons at the box office but he is dedicated and a good actor. Simialr to why I love Cate Blanchett, some of her ovies might not make a lot, but she delivers all the time.
  • Jimmy
    After reading "Making Jack Falcone".. Mr. Garcia makes Donnie Brasco look like a Choir Boy..and we all know waht a big hit that was. Even the 60 minutes interview said that Garcia was by far the best undercover agent they ever had. And yes the fact that Garica pulled off many roles at the same time gives it the unique twist that other undercover crime stories don't have. I say Oscar potential here especially if Bonito can pull off the weight issue!
  • killerglove
    Well Dr. Gonzo wasn't 390lbs but he sure was a fat bastard. I'm sure del toro won't have any problems being amazing.
  • That project sounds like a future classic mob movie. Have you guys seen the interview with the real Jack Garcia on 60 minutes? http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/10/09/60minutes/main4512252.shtml

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