A Washington Times interview with Benicio del Toro about Steven Soderbergh's new movie "Che," in which he plays the Cuban revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara, ended with the actor storming out.
"I'm getting uncomfortable," the Times quotes del Toro, after fielding a question about the film's portrayal of the Bolivian and Cuban revolutions. "I'm done. I'm done, I hope you write whatever you want. I don't give a damn."
The Oscar winner then walked out of the D.C. restaurant in which the interview was being conducted last week.
The film is no stranger to debate and has been met with mixed reaction. The over 4-hour biopic portrays Che as a reviled figure who spread armed rebellion through Latin America.
However some have criticized the film for glossing over Guevara's stance on capital punishment, and glorifying the romantic notions of his legacy while ignoring his darker side.
"He took joy in killing counterrevolutionaries and was one of the most hard-edged, most Stalinist, pro-Soviet communists of the whole leadership," Ronald Radosh, a Hudson Institute adjunct fellow, told the Times.
Soderbergh defended the film at the Toronto International Film Festival, the Times reported.
"I've had people ask me: 'How can you make a movie about a murderer? A terrorist?'" he told reporters. "What they don't understand is that I'm in support of everyone who appears on screen. I have to be. I take the position of everyone who's on screen. I'm not judging them one way or another."
Guevara helped create Cuba's forced labor camps, and del Toro became agitated in the interview when the prisons were described as "concentration camps."