In Contention's Top 10 Performances in Steven Soderbergh Films
With 'Magic Mike' on the way, a look at the actors who excelled in the director's work
9. Benicio Del Toro in "Che" (2008)
Soderbergh's vast two-part, four-hour biopic of the iconic Argentine-Cuban revolutionary Ernesto 'Che' Guevara remains, particularly on a second glance, something of a curate's egg: alternately inert and invigorating, it stacks exciting reams of information without really interpreting them, fixing its gaze strictly at arm's length. That we come away understanding something of what made Che tick is thanks largely to Benicio Del Toro's superbly detailed and self-scrutinizing performance, which dwells on vocal and behavioral quirks where the script is less inclined to sweat the small stuff. The one element of the film that united widely divided critics, Del Toro won a hard-earned Best Actor prize at Cannes.