BENICIO Del Toro can’t understand why people find him attractive.
The 42-year-old actor — who was rumored to have had a brief romance with Scarlett Johansson — is always bemused when he finds himself mentioned in Sexiest Actor polls, but is pleased with the attention.
“I don’t know, what is sexy? It’s part of the game and I’m not complaining,” he told Parade magazine. “But I have never seen myself in a magazine and gone, ‘Whoa, he’s a hunk.’ I’m just an actor and I make movies. I’m not kidding.”
Benicio plays a werewolf in new horror movie The Wolfman and has revealed he drew on his mother’s death when he was just nine years old to fuel the anger felt by his lycanthropic character.
“Anger is not a hard emotion to get to as a male actor,” added Benicio, who appears alongside Sir Anthony Hopkins and Emily Blunt in the film.
“Where does it come from? Life, I guess. I remember the anger I felt when my mother died of hepatitis when I was nine. It was a terrible time in my life and I still feel it.
“I guess it helped make me something of a rebel when I was in school. And I did get into some trouble. I didn’t get good grades, and a lot of teachers turned their backs on me.”
Del Toro recently admitted he doesn’t have a good track record when it comes to relationships.
“I haven’t had a good track record in terms of my relationships because I’m into doing my own thing,” he said in December.
“I like having a lot of time to be by myself and read and be kind of in my own world. So that’s often not easy for women to accept and I can understand that.
“But I’ve learned to be more giving of myself in general over the last few years and it’s made things less complicated in some ways.”