Today is "No More Che Day" on campuses nationwide. This column by Young America's Foundation speaker Humberto Fontova was published in Human Events:
The U.K. Guardian last year interviewed Oscar-winning actor
Benicio del Toro regarding his Cannes-winning role as Che Guevara in
Stephen Soderbergh’s movie Che. “Dammit This Guy Is
Cool!” was the interview title. “I hear of this guy, and he’s got a cool
name, Che Guevara!” says del Toro. “Groovy name, groovy man, groovy
politics! So I came across a picture of Che, smiling, in fatigues, I
thought, ‘Dammit, this guy is cool-looking!’”
Well, there you have
it. In effect, Benicio del Toro, who fulfilled an obvious fantasy by
starring as Che Guevara in the four-and-a-half-hour movie he also
co-produced, revealed the inspiration (and daunting intellectual
exertion) of millions of Che fans.
As a celebrity-hipster fan of Che Guevara, del Toro has plenty of company.
Read the full column