Javier Bardem

Javier Bardem

Oscar nominee for 'Before Night Falls' (2000)
Javier Encinas Bardem was born on March 1, 1969 in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Canary Islands). Long considered one the best of Spain’s new batch of movie actors, he started gaining international recognition in 2000. Unlike Antonio Banderas, whose ascent into Hollywood circles has been a slow and steady process of increasingly bigger roles in mainstream movies, Bardem has made himself known among American film cognoscenti with a few crucial roles - most noticeably, as the homosexual Cuban poet and disident Reinaldo Arenas in Before Night Falls, shot in Mexico and directed by the artist Julian Schnabel, which was a complete departure from the macho image he portrayed in the first of his major Spanish films, Jamón, Jamón. Bardem was nominated for the Oscar for Best Actor for Before Night Falls.The Spanish actor had already caught the eye of American film makers, but most of the roles he was offered was to play the perennial Latino bad guy. Bardem - who played rugby and boxed as a youth - turned the offers down, to avoid being slotted forever as the stereotyped baddie. Following his appearance in Before Night Falls, his next big project was a starring role in The Dancer Upstairs, the directorial debut by actor John Malkovich, a story revolving around the Peruvian guerilla group Sendero Luminoso filmed in Spain in 2000.After the success achieved, Javier Bardem returned to the Spanish cinema starring in "Los Lunes al Sol" (2002), a social criticism on a group of unemployed Spanish shipyards, that achieved a great l success in Spain. He has won the prize to best actor in the Festival of Venice with his last movie "Mar Adentro", directed by Alejandro Amenávar. Mar Adentro, that probably will be the Spanish representative for the Prizes of the Academy in Hollywood, has been rewarded in Venice with the "silver lion". Bardem's next jobs, in the phase of postproduction or on the verge of being premiered, they are Che (Steven Soderbergh) or Killing Pablo (Joe Carnahan) among others.Bardem comes from a family of showbiz people. His mother, Pilar Bardem, is a respected actress, and his uncle Juan Antonio Bardem, was one of the few bright lights in Spanish film directing during the dark Franco years.His parents separated when he was two, and his mother moved with the children to Madrid. When he was four his mother secured her young son a minor role in the Spanish television series, El Pícaro. As a youth, Bardem studied painting in the Escuela de Arte y Oficios art school, at the same time playing small roles in more TV series, but it was when his friend Spanish film director Bigas Luna offered him a part in Las Edades de Lulú (1990) that his acting career began in earnest. Bardem made his name in 1992 with a leading part in Jamón, Jamón, also directed by Bigas Luna and co-starring Penelope Cruz. Bardem was nominated for Best Actor Award at the San Sebastián Film Festival for that film, but the award would have to wait for another two years (Bardem won it for his portrayal of a Basque terrorist in Dias Contados).In 2000, Bardem won the American National Society of Film Critics' award for best actor for his role in the film Before Night Falls and at the beginning of 2001 he was nominated for the prestigious Golden Globe, though the award ultimately went to Tom Hanks, for Castaway. That was followed by an Academy Award nomination.Source: spainview.com
I do respect people's faith, but I don't respect their manipulation of that faith in order to create fear and control.More Javier Bardem quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I look at myself, and I see a Spanish person who's trying to be understood by an English-speaking audience and is putting a lot of energy into that, instead of into expressing himself freely and feeling comfortable.More Javier Bardem quotes [04/24/2008 12:04:00]
I'm not the kind of actor that gets crazy with [directors'] names, what draws me toward a project is the material itself.More Javier Bardem quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
When you put gas in your car you are making a political statement, because you are supporting the empires that control and continue the destruction of some countries.More Javier Bardem quotes [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
I think we are living in selfish times. I'm the first one to say that I'm the most selfish. 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.More Javier Bardem quotes [03/12/2018 02:03:32]

Quotes of the month

Eugeny Antonuk Obviously, prosthesis is needed for a limb, but at first the body tries to use prostheses as living legs. "It will suit almost everyone", while the new idea always turns out to be in the minority. [09/01/2018 11:09:53] More


Anatoly Yurkin If there are no other reasons, then digital capital motivates to move away from losses, inaction and error-free. [09/13/2018 12:09:40] More


Anatoly Yurkin Better money solipsism as the culmination of digital selfishness than any form of procrastination brought into virtual reality. [09/15/2018 12:09:17] More


Eugeny Antonuk And there is no choice but the price of bread. [09/01/2018 10:09:31] More


Dylan Moran At least I’m not American fat, I’m interesting European delicatessen fat! [09/07/2018 02:09:31] More