The Puerto Rican actor spoke with Evo Morales about his new films that deal with Che Guevara

By People Staff
December 04, 2007 02:00 PM

Wearing a winged hat similar to those worn by rural Bolivians, Benicio del Toro visited the presidential palace in the South American country on Monday to meet with President Evo Morales.

The presidency’s press team told the Associated Press that the conversation between the actor, 40, and the 48-year-old leader lasted between 15 and 20 minutes, and that the two discussed Del Toro’s upcoming films, Guerrilla and The Argentine. The pair of flicks from director Steven Soderbergh both deal with the life of Argentinean revolutionary Ernesto “Che” Guevara, who was executed by the Bolivian army 40 years ago following a failed political in the eastern jungle of the country.

At the meeting, Morales presented the actor with a charango, an instrument made out of Andean leather. The Oscar winner for his role in Traffic – also directed by Soderbergh – was also given various books wrapped up as gifts.

No further detail was provided about the meeting, but Bolivian director Rodrigo Bellot, who’s in charge of the movies’ production locally, hinted that filming for The Argentine (Guerrilla already wrapped) was recently finished. The movies will premiere in 2008.