Javier Bardem’s biographyJavier Bardem is a Spanish actor who has made an intoxicating career in Hollywood, where he is known primarily for his roles as typical villains. They are Anton Chigurh from No Country for Old Men by Coen brothers, the terrorist Silva from the next part of Bond film series, Lorenzo from the Goya’s Ghosts and, of course, the evil Captain Salazar from the fifth film of Pirates of the Caribbean. However, he escaped the fate of playing the template Latino villains who are so loved in American cinema. Each of his antiheroes absolutely does not look like the previous one. Macho and gigolo roles, as well as tragic heroes, are not alien to him.
Childhood and familyJavier Angel Encinas Bardem was born on the first day of spring 1969 in the Spanish city of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Canary Islands).
The young man was surprisingly versatile: he devoted a lot of time to sports, in particular, he was keen on boxing and weightlifting, and even was in Spain rugby team. In addition, he toured with an independent theater troupe and studied painting at an art school.
Career in homelandViewers saw Javier Bardem’s first great work in 1990 ‒ the actor played in Bigas Luna’s erotic drama called The Ages of Lulu, telling viewers about all the diversity of sexual experiments through young Lulu’s eyes.
Then a number of films with unequivocal names followed, such as Huevos de oro, Boca a boca, Entre las piernas, Éxtasis, La teta y la luna, The Bilingual Lover with Ornella Muti, Amo tu cama rica.
Career in HollywoodThis film became a warm-up before a more glaring work, thanks to which Javier loudly announced himself far beyond the borders of his native Spain. In 2000, the biographical film Before Night Falls directed by Julian Schnabel was released, in which Javier got the role of the Cuban dissident Reinaldo Arenas, a homosexual poet who was to become the leader of Fidel Castro revolution, but fell into disgrace due to his orientation, was driven out from the island and died of AIDS at the age of 47.
I realized that death can be natural. It is not necessarily full of injury and drama.He spent most of the filming in bed. Every day he was made up lying down for five hours, followed by a ten-hour working day that ended in sleeping at the home bed. Even on the weekend, Javier did not allow himself to leave the house. And all this in order to get used to the role ‒ Bardem’s character was bedridden for 30 years.
I hate violence. I like to talk about love, about important things that unite us, not separate.A little later, the work in the drama Eats Pray Love directed by Ryan Murphy was finished, in which Javier played together with Julia Roberts.
Javier Bardem’s personal lifeJavier Bardem is happily married to actress compatriot Penelope Cruz. The loving couple knew each other for many years, worked together on some films, but the relationship did not go beyond friendship. Passion flared up in 2008, on the set of the film Vicky Cristina Barcelona when each had several unsuccessful love-affairs behind them: in Penelope’s past anamnesis there was her ex-husband Tom Cruise, Nicolas Cage, Matt Damon, and Matthew McConaughey, and Javier had already lost the count of the beauties seduced by him.
Javier Bardem nowIn 2020 the premiere of the mini-series "Home Movie: The Princess Bride" took place with the participation of Bardem, as well as the film "Unelected Roads", in which Elle Fanning and Salma Hayek starred with him.
At the same time the actor was working on the filming of the film "Dune" – the long-awaited Denis Villeneuve film starring Timothee Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson and Jason Momoa. His character is the brave and cunning Stilgar, the leader of the Fremen tribe from Arrakis.