Javier Bardem seems to be everywhere these days but that is expected when a man has two movies to promote, and for Javier, talking about Love in the Time of Cholera and the new Coen Brothers film No Country for Old Men seems to be a full-time job. Javier opened up to Mean Magazine about the Coens, meeting the author of the book on which their film is based, and what he brings to a movie. Here's more:
- On the Coen brothers: "The Coens are by far my favorite directors... Something happened to me the first time I saw Blood Simple, Fargo, Miller's Crossing. It was like, 'Who the hell are these guys? How are they able to create such unique characters and make them so enjoyable to watch, even when they are the most cruel m************ of all time?'"
- On meeting Cormac McCarthy: "I would have been able to overwhelm him with thousands of questions, except that the thing was flowing already. It was like, don't be too anxious to control the character, because the controls are in someone else's hands. So don't worry. Trust. Like Bruce Lee said: 'Be like water.' Which is a beautiful way to say, 'Flow man.'"
- On what he brings to a role: "I have this big bulldog face, this broken nose, and I thought, okay, let me use it to my advantage. If I play against it, then it works like a visa — I can always get back to this place."
While we wouldn't go so far as to say Javier's face resembles a bulldog, there is definitely something offbeat about his charm. And apparently we're not the only ones who like it, as Penelope Cruz seems to be holding on tightly to her man.
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