Benicio Del Toro channeled the rage he felt upon losing his mother as a child to portray a vicious werewolf in "The Wolfman". The Puerto Rican actor plays a nobleman who transforms into a monster in the new remake of the 1941 classic, and admits he used his childhood trauma to help him get into character.
He says, "Anger is not a hard emotion to get to as a male actor. Where does it come from? Life, I guess. I remember the anger I felt when my mother died of hepatitis when I was nine. It was a terrible time in my life and I still feel it. I guess it helped make me something of a rebel when I was in school. And I did get into some trouble. I didn't get good grades, and a lot of teachers turned their backs on me."
But he insists the suffering was completely momentary, adding, "Hopefully, you're really feeling it in a dramatic scene, but I'm just acting. I'm not really feeling it. I remember when my character was going through drug withdrawal, throwing up and everything in (2007 movie) 'Things We Lost in the Fire'. I looked horrible. But, I'd hear 'Cut!' and I was ready to go out and eat a cheeseburger. You're not experiencing the reality, you're just portraying it. At least I am."