Benicio del Toro has appeared on several shows, such as Late Night with Seth Meyers and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to promote his new film, Sicario: Day of the Soldado, which will be in theaters on June 29. Among the many topics covered, he spoke about Puerto Rico’s slow recuperation from Hurricane María and his belief that nothing will change until the island receives equal representation in the U.S. Congress. The Times of India reports:
‘Sicario’ and ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ actor Benicio Del Toro has called for more representation of Puerto Ricans in the U.S. government. The actor was born in San German, Puerto Rico and grew up on the island until he moved to Mercersburg, Pennsylvania at the age of 15 with his father and brother.
During an appearance on a show, Del Toro shared that the territory was slowly recovering from the devastation of Hurricane Maria September 2017 but he wanted to see US officials do more, according to a report.
“They’re getting back to normal. I was there about two weeks ago. Everything is getting back to normal, it’s taking a while. The bottom line is, every American citizen that lives in Puerto Rico, if they don’t get a right to vote or to have representation in Congress, nothing is really going to change.” While Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens and may move freely between the island and the mainland, Puerto Rico does not have a vote in the U.S. Congress, which governs the territory. They have one non-voting member of the House of Representatives called a Resident Commissioner. During the interview, the host also asked actor if he had considered a political career, to which he responded, “Not at all. Are you going to endorse me?”
Also see http://www.phillyvoice.com/pennsylvania-native-benicio-del-toro-talks-sixers-seth-meyers/ and http://www.indiewire.com/2018/06/sicario-day-of-the-soldado-benicio-del-toro-stefano-sollima-taylor-sheridan-sequel-1201976155/