‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’: Benicio Del Toro Maxes Out As The Mysterious DJ

Does Benicio Del Toro ever play obvious characters anymore? I don’t know if we’d ever want him to. In Star Wars: The Last Jedi he plays the mysterious DJ, who sadly isn’t scratchin’ on the wheels of steel in some alien-infested cantina, he’s a “slicer” of dubious morals who gets mixed up with Finn (John Boyega) and Rose (Kelly Marie Tran) in the gambling city of Canto Bight.

Del Toro has a little bit to say about DJ in the latest edition of Empire, which features the above image of DJ maxin’ out on the couch like he’s in the club VIP room. He doesn’t reveal much, but his descriptors for DJ are interesting nonetheless because they speak to the actor’s clear influences…

“This character could come straight out of a Bob Dylan or Tom Waites song, or even a Dostoyevsky novel. He’s like something out of Dickens; there have been characters like him in all kinds of literature.”

Ok, cool. So what’s that “slicer” label about? Del Toro says, “He’s like a knife: if you grab him by the blade, he’ll cut you. If you grab him by the handle, he can be very, very useful.”

Count me in. DJ might be the breakout character of Star Wars: The Last Jedi when it opens on December 15th.

Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.