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How Benicio Del Toro Uses Sign Language in ‘Sicario: Day of the Soldado’ | Anatomy of a Scene


I’m Stefano Sollima, and I’m
the director of “Sicario: Day of the Soldado.” This scene is the
main moment in which we see something
changing in Alejandro, played by Benicio Del Toro. It’s a sort of reminder
of his past, of his loss, of his family that was
killed, of his own daughter. And then, of course,
having Isabel next to him during this reminiscence
plays a key role in their relationship. And this is sort of
a switch of emotion. Because until now,
Isabel has only being a sort of pawn
in Alejandro’s hand to win this dirty war,
to get his vengeance. I feel interested in this scene, because it’s the
first scene ever where we introduce a skill
of Alejandro that has nothing to do with his vengeance. I felt it was important
to bring down the volume after one of the
biggest action set pieces in the movie. I felt that there was a big
need of a quieter moment. Because by listening to the
silence in this sequence, and feeling the humanity
and the normal life of this deaf, mute
man, we are able to put the loudness and the
violence of the action a bit in perspective. In the original
script, it was spoken. And it was Benicio’s
idea to change it into sign language exchange. I think it’s really smart. Because in this way, we
create an immediate bond between the two guys.

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