So why did Del Toro finally reveal the truth? He won an Oscar -- for his performance as the Mexican cop in Traffic!
["My family knew I was acting every now and then, but they thought it was just one of several jobs I was doing to finance my studies," he recalled. "They kept asking me when I would finally get my degree. But I think I won them over with the Oscar and now they're, I hope, just a little proud of me."]
[Del Toro (only 21 years old when he landed the role of the vicious henchman in Licence to Kill) was the youngest actor ever to portray a Bond villain.]