Javier Bardem

Javier Bardem


3/1/1969, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Canary Islands

Birth Name

Javier Ángel Encinas Bardem



Also Known As

Javier Encinas Bardem
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Javier Bardem was born in Las Palmas, Canary Islands, Spain on March 1, 1969. He grew up in a family of actors and directors. As a young boy, he used to go to the theater to watch her mother, a stage actress. Although the influence to become an…more


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    • Javier: I am always saying, 'I don't believe in God; I believe in Al Pacino.' And that's true. If I ever get a phone call saying "Would you like to work with Al Pacino?" I would go crazy.

    • Javier: I think we are living in selfish times. I'm the first one to say that I'm the most selfish. [Laughs.] We live in the so-called "first world," and we may be first in a lot of things like technology, but we are behind in empathy.

    • Javier: (on being named one of People Magazine's Sexiest Men Alive in 2007) When they told me that, I thought, 'That's funny. Every time I wake up, I see myself like somebody beat me up.'

    • Javier: I have this problem with violence. I've only done one movie in almost 20 years where I killed people. It's called Perdita Durango. It's a Spanish movie. I'm very proud of the movie, but I felt weird doing that.

    • Javier: The personal thing is something I have never talked about. And I never will. That is prohibited. My job is public. But that's it. When you're not working, you don't have an obligation to be public.

    • Javier: I used to be a good party boy. I'm old. I'm an old man. You pay the consequences. I'm just fine with a couple of drinks, no more than that.

    • Javier: (on choosing roles) I just look for the same thing I've been looking [for] always, which is characters that are interesting to watch, that they are going through any kind of struggle with themselves or with their circumstances. That talk about us as human beings.

    • Javier: (on the Church's reaction to his movie "The Sea Inside") The church always goes over, you know, every word. Yeah. I mean, they basically condemned the movie before even [seeing it]. They haven't seen it. So I don't have any respect about their opinion. I mean, I do respect their opinion but I don't share it.

    • Javier: (on his Oscar nomination for "Before Night Falls") It's great, it's an honour, I feel flattered being nominated. But once you are nominated, you go there to make the campaign... I felt like a whore. I felt like a political campaigner, asking for votes, like saying "Hey, excuse me! Vote for me, I am the best."

    • Javier: (on the difficulty of portraying a role based upon a real person) You feel responsible for trying not to betray that person, and what his life was, and also not betray the people who knew him - especially when you are playing a contemporary character like this one.

    • Javier: (on having worked with great directors in Spain and worldwide) I always saw it like a gift but also like a big duty like when you have the chance to work with people that are that good. You have to really go far and put yourself upside down.

    • Javier: (when asked on which director, dead or living, would he want to work with) Fellini and Mastroianni. If I could work with Fellini and Mastroianni, that would be the ultimate acting orgasm.

    • Javier: (on being labeled the next Antonio Banderas) That comparison is inevitable and very flattering. But if I ever heard an actor being described as the next Javier Bardem, it would bother me, because it would mean that I was being replaced.

    • Javier: Everybody in Spain is sick of me. But in America, there's curiosity about the new kid on the block who doesn't speak English very well. The attention makes me feel vulnerable, which is something I hadn't felt in a while. But I like it.

    • Javier: My dream as an actor is, when I'm old, to stick all the characters I've ever played into a room, and hopefully they would all be so different they wouldn't be able to understand each other.

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