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Rendez-vous 28.05.22 . 10:45 AM Update :29.05.22 . 08:23 AM

Rendezvous with Javier Bardem

Rendez-vous 27.05.22 . 7:32 PM

Rendez-vous with Javier Bardem

Winner of the Best Actor Award for his role in Alejandro Iñárritu's Biutiful in 2010, the actor Javier Bardem enchanted the public during a master class. "Call me Master!", he joked during this energetic session during which he passionately talked about his exceptional journey as an actor. Selected highlights.

Beginnings   
When I started out, making a film was something sacred. At the time, films stayed in theatres longer. And now, everything is so quick. It's a different space-time. When I look now at these films from the 90s, I realise that there was real risk taking. For my first film, I had accompanied my sister to a casting call. They asked me to take off my t-shirt and then gave me a role. I started out as a piece of meat and little by little I became an actor.
 

Artistic family
I saw my mother doing theatre, my uncle making movies. That gave me a respect for the team. I knew this world, but at the same time I told myself, "If you want to do something in that world, you've got to earn it."
 

Taking on a role
I try to understand who the character is, his psychology. In real life, I also like drawing. And I always draw faces, the expression of bodies. I'm addicted to observing people. The problem is that I'm well known and I like to do this on the street. I also always think of the message my character relays. For example, I know the extent to which the role of Ramón Sampredo, in Alejandro Amenabar's Mar adentro in 2004, affected the vote on the law on euthanasia in Spain. It's extraordinary.

 

As part of a couple with Penélope Cruz
I had to sleep on the couch one day. She could no longer tolerate my Pablo Escobar moustache in Loving Pablo (2018)!
For Asghar Fahradi's Everybody Knows, everything in the film takes place over a few days, but in reality it was several months of very emotionally intense filming. Sometimes I forgot that she's my ex-wife in the film, and I behaved as though I were her husband who felt bad for her.

 

"We all have to consider the feminine aspect that we have in us, our sensitivity, our weakness. I want my children to understand that."

Blockbusters or independent films

It's the same stress when they say "Action!" or "Cut!" But with blockbusters, you can be waiting around for ten hours, and then suddenly they'll tell you, "let's go, your turn!" The challenge is to remain concentrated. When shooting Pirates of the Caribbean, with the props everywhere, I said to myself, "this isn't a bad office."

 

Woody Allen's Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)
Among the technicians, everyone was jealous of me. Imagine being the man that Scarlett Johansson, Rebecca Hall and Penélope Cruz desire. I talked to Penélope only at the very end of shooting, a little like when you like someone in your class but you don't dare say anything. I remember having kissed Penélope in the film and the kiss lasted so long that the technicians had disappeared by the end. Woody Allen gave us the rushes of this kiss as a wedding gift.

Meeting 28.05.2022 . 10:51 AM

Javier BARDEM

Written by Charlotte Pavard

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Rendez-vous 28.05.22

Rendezvous with Javier Bardem

Winner of the Best Actor Award for his role in Alejandro Iñárritu's Biutiful in 2010, the actor Javier Bardem enchanted the public during a master class. "Call me Master!", he joked during this energetic session during which he passionately talked about his exceptional journey as an actor. Selected highlights.

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Rendez-vous28.05.22

Rendezvous with Javier Bardem

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