Del Toro's Career Almost Crushed By Bad Reviews

BENICIO DEL TORO's screen career was nearly ruined by the media's scathing response to his appearance in FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS seven years ago (98).

The Oscar-winning actor found it impossible to find acting work after the film flopped, but his profile suddenly rocketed again when the HUNTER S THOMPSON adaptation garnered a cult status.

He recalls, "The reviews came out and they were some of the worst you've read in your life. The movie sank without trace.

"For a while I couldn't get a job. I even thought about quitting and doing something else.

"Then, just as suddenly, the film became a cult classic on video and I was back in again."

04/07/2005 05:19

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