while benicio del toro's character is frequently silent in the movie, he initially had more lines. "in the original script, the character explained his background several times to kate," del toro says. "and that gave me information about who this guy was, but it felt a little stiff to have someone you just met 15 minutes ago suddenly telling you what happened to him and who he is." working with director denis villeneuve, del toro began cutting some of his dialogue to preserve the mystery of who his character is; villeneuve estimates they cut 90% of what del toro was originally intended to say by screenwriter taylor sheridan. like del toro, villeneuve saw power in stripping the character down to a brooding silence, stating that dialogue belongs to plays and "movies are about movement, character, and presence, and benicio had all that."
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