8 Genius Ways Actors Made Sure You Noticed Them In Movies
8. Benicio Del Toro Adopted A Highly Unusual Voice For The Usual Suspects
In an effort to make the most of his limited screen time in 1995's The Usual Suspects, Benicio del Toro decided to try and make his character pop by giving him a weird accent and speech pattern.
Upon reading the script for Bryan Singer's Oscar-winning mystery, del Toro realized that the ultimate purpose of his character - quirky crook Fred Fenster - was to die, without having a meaningful impact on the story. As a result, he decided to have a bit of fun with the role.
Talking to Singer about just how inconsequential Fenster's actions and dialogue were, the actor asked if he could play around with the character to try and make him more memorable. This led to him deciding to play Fenster as a half-German, half-Chinese oddball, who grew up in Harlem.
The accompanying accent and garbled dialogue were both intentional, with del Toro trying his best to deliver an entertaining character, despite his lack of importance to the story.