How the ever-present Josh Brolin and meticulous Benicio Del Toro constantly improved ‘Sicario: Day Of The Soldado’
Director Stefano Sollima also reveals Denis Villeneuve’s super kind gesture prior to filming
There are many reasons to be excited about Sicario: Day Of The Soldado.
The original film was an intense and hugely original slice of Hollywood cinema, which while contained still left plenty of room for the characters and the world to grow.
One of the most enjoyable aspects of “Sicario” was seeing Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin and Benicio Del Toro combine, because together they created an energy and spark that was just riveting to watch.
But while Emily Blunt was unfortunately unable to return for “Sicario: Day Of The Soldado,” the combination of Brolin and Del Toro is more than enough to immediately make any film indispensable.
I recently had the chance to talk to Stefano Sollima, who directed the pair in “Sicario: Day Of The Soldado,” and he went into specific detail about what Brolin and Del Toro brought to the thriller, and how they constantly made it better and better with each day of production.
“They are two amazing actors and two incredibles human beings. They are different. Just to give you an example, Josh is one of the few actors I know that understands exactly where his character is in any point of the story.”
“It is like he has an overall point of view that is really amazing. It is always really helpful and he is always in exactly the moment that you need it, he’s there.”
“Then Benicio to watch him going deeper when he plays his character it is incredible. Benicio studied a lot. A lot. And then for example he creates an environment around him.”
“I am talking about props, costume, everything he chooses to have makes sense for his performance. He brought millions of things. From small details on great ideas to how to slightly change a scene. It is not just one thing.”
“As a director I control everything, which is part of my job, but working with him is to create a team where you can have a great idea and then he can add something that make your great idea even better.”
“In my job, essentially, I love the script and the actors. So to work with them was an incredible experience. I think that overall that was a really great experience, because I think we created a really cool team altogether.”
It was essential that Brolin and Del Toro returned for “Sicario: Day Of The Soldado,” as Solima was tasked with replacing the original film’s director Denis Villeneuve, who was widely lauded for his work on “Sicario.”
There was absolutely no animosity between the duo, though. In fact, Solima revealed that Villeneuve reached out to him just before production started on Day Of The Soldado with a “super kind” gesture.
“He wrote me a super kind email wishing me the best. Because I was working with something that was huge pressure. It was really kind. But we haven’t talked about the movie yet.”