Benicio del Toro sees shades of Jesus in Che Guevara

December 20th, 2008 - 5:46 pm ICT by ANI  

London, December 20 (ANI): Puerto Rican actor Benicio del Toro has revealed that he sees shades of Jesus Christ in the world-renowned guerilla fighter Che Guevara viewed by many as a ruthless executioner who practiced brutal militarism for many years.

Guevara, the Argentinean Marxist revolutionary, became a counter-culture symbol worldwide in specifically political contexts and as a wide-ranging popular icon of youthful rebellion.

Over forty years past his execution, many people have come to hail the politician-author as a hero, for his many accomplishments, such as those during the Cuban revolution a theme explored in Che: Part 1 and Che: Part 2.

Conversely, others view him as a spokesman for a failed ideology and as a tormenter who supported an actual system of tyranny, reports the Sun.

However, the Oscar-winning Del Toro rebuffed such allegations and compared the guerrilla leader to Jesus Christ, saying: I think Che had perseverance and morality.

Being the underdog and fighting against injustice and standing up for the forgotten moved him so hard. Kind of like Jesus, in a way only Jesus would turn the other cheek. Che wouldnt.

The actor further added that anyone supporting a Guevara T-shirt would be in his good books.

He said: I think anyone who buys a T-shirt of Che has gotta be cool. If I see someone with a Che T-shirt, I think, Hes got good taste. (ANI)

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