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BENICIO DEL TORO AS… BRET EASTON ELLIS?

By / 04.28.09

Question marks in the headline can mean only one thing: it’s time to prognosticate! If you came here for answers, you’re in the wrong place, bub. Now, who wants to get stabbed in the dark?  Ouch, I’m bleeding! Yay!

MTV recently talked to American Psycho/Rules of Attraction/Less Than Zero author Bret Easton Ellis, whose 2005 book Lunar Park will soon become a movie.  The protagonist of the book is a fictionalized version of the lily-white Ellis, who says the lead candidate for the role is noted Puerto Rican Benicio Del Toro.  It’s a strange book – it starts with Ellis raising a family after gaining literary fame in the 80s, and eventually becomes a Stephen King-style supernatural thriller.

“Benicio would actually be playing Bret Easton Ellis,” the author said of his new, unlikely doppelganger. “It’s a strange bit of casting.”  According to Easton Ellis, it was their physical differences that attracted the “Traffic” star to the role. “I think he’s interested just because he’s rarely offered Anglo parts. I think that’s one of the reasons it was very exciting to him. I don’t even think he read the book; I just think he read the script and said ‘Oh, this is an Anglo writer and you’re not casting a white dude? You’ve come to me?’ And I think that rarely happens for him. I think he’s offered a lot of Spanish characters and ethnic types, and I think it’s very rare for him to get offered Anglo parts.” [MTV]

Of course he didn’t read the book – he’s Puerto Rican. I kid, I kid. But in all seriousness, if they ever make a movie about my life, I’m going on record that I want Danny Trejo for the lead.  Mira, puto – deed ju come here for some pinche movie news? (*fires shotgun at camera*)


TAGS3-NAMED PEOPLEbenicio del torobret easton ellisDanny TrejoLUNAR PARK

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