Sauncho Smilax

Sauncho Smilax, Esq

Benicio Del Toro as Sauncho Smilax in Inherent Vice (2014). Image taken from the Inherent Vice IMBD Page [1]
  • Sauncho: variant of Sancho (Latin), meaning Saint, Sanctified, Sincere, Truthful. Also, 'Sancho' is a mexican slang that refers to the person a girl is cheating his boyfriend with. And, of course, who could forget Sancho Panza, Don Quijote's Squire in The Ingenious Nobleman Sir Quixote of La Mancha (1605), by Miguel de Cervantes.
  • All species of Smilax are climbing vines with sharp spiny thorns, forming dense impenetrable, invasive thickets. Common names include catbriers, greenbriers, prickly-ivys, sarsaparilla and smilaxes. The word Smilax derives from the Greek, for "bindweed." Smilax is very resistant to eradication.
  • From Greek mythology the nymph Smilax was slighted by the boy Krokos and transformed into the vine. Another version states that the gods having pity on the grief-stricken boy Krokos who witnessed the death of his lover, the nymph Smilax, changed him into a flower—the saffron crocus and Smilax into the bindweed, forever entwining the two.
  • He was played by Benicio Del Toro in the 2014 adaptation of Inherent Vice by Paul Thomas Anderson.
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