Javier Bardem

Javier Bardem

Javier Bardem
Bardem at a ceremony to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on November 8, 2012
Born Javier Ángel Encinas Bardem
(1969-03-01) 1 March 1969 [1]
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain
Residence Madrid, Spain
Occupation Actor
Years active 1990–present
Spouse(s) Penélope Cruz (m. 2010)
Children 2
Parent(s) José Carlos Encinas (father)
Pilar Bardem (mother)

Javier Ángel Encinas Bardem (Spanish pronunciation: ;[2][3] born 1 March 1969) is a Spanish actor. In 2007, he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as psychopathic assassin Anton Chigurh in No Country for Old Men. He has also garnered critical acclaim for roles in films such as Jamón, jamón, Carne trémula, Boca a boca, Los Lunes al sol and Mar adentro. He portrayed the main antagonist Raoul Silva in the 2012 James Bond movie Skyfall, for which he received both a BAFTA and a SAG nomination for Best Supporting Actor.

Bardem has also won a Golden Globe, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a BAFTA, five Goya Awards, two European Film Awards, a Prize for Best Actor at Cannes and two Volpi Cups at Venice for his work. He is the first Spaniard to be nominated for an Oscar (Best Actor, 2000, for Before Night Falls), as well as the first Spanish actor to win an Academy Award. He received his third Academy Award nomination, and second Best Actor nomination, for the film Biutiful.

Contents

  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
  • Personal life 3
  • Filmography 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Early life

Bardem was born in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, in the Canary Islands, Spain. His mother, Pilar Bardem (born María del Pilar Bardem Muñoz), is an actress, and his father, José Carlos Encinas Doussinague (1931–1995), was a businessman involved in environmental work. The two separated shortly after his birth.[4][5] His mother raised him alone.[6] Bardem comes from a long line of filmmakers and actors dating back to the earliest days of Spanish cinema; he is a grandson of actors Rafael Bardem and Matilde Muñoz Sampedro, and nephew of screenwriter and director Juan Antonio Bardem.[7] Both his older brother and sister, Carlos and Mónica, are actors. He also comes from a political background, as his uncle Juan Antonio was imprisoned by Franco for his anti-fascist films.[6] Bardem was brought up in the Roman Catholic faith by his grandmother.[8][9]

As a child, he spent time at theatres and on film sets.[6] At age six, he made his first film appearance, in Fernando Fernán Gómez's El Pícaro (The Scoundrel).[6][10] He also played rugby for the junior Spanish National Team.[11][12] Though he grew up in a family full of actors, Bardem did not see himself going into the family business. Actually, painting was his first love.[13] He went on to study painting for four years at Madrid's Escuela de Artes y Oficios.[11][14] In need of money he took acting jobs to support his painting, but he also says he was a bad painter and eventually abandoned that career pursuit.[13] In 1989, for the Spanish comedy show El Día Por Delante (The Day Ahead), he had to wear a Superman costume for a comedic sketch, a job that made him question whether he wanted to be an actor at all.[15] Bardem has confessed to having worked as a stripper (for one day only) during his struggling acting career.[16]

Career

Bardem came to notice in a small role in his first major motion picture, The Ages of Lulu, when he was 20, in which he appeared along with his mother, Pilar Bardem. Bigas Luna, the director of Lulu, was sufficiently impressed to give him the leading male role in his next film, Jamón Jamón in 1992, in which Bardem played a would-be underwear model and bullfighter. The film, which also starred a teenaged Penélope Cruz, was a major international success.[11] He then starred again in Luna's next film Golden Balls (1993).

Bardem's talent did not go unnoticed in the English-speaking world. In 1997, John Malkovich was the first to approach him, then a 27-year-old, for a role in English, but the Spanish actor turned down the offer because his English was still poor.[12][17] His first English-speaking role came that same year, in with director Alex de la Iglesia's Perdita Durango, playing a santería-practicing bank robber. After starring in about two dozen films in his native country, he gained international recognition in Julian Schnabel's Before Night Falls in 2000, portraying Cuban poet Reinaldo Arenas.[11] He received praise from his idol Al Pacino; the message Pacino left on Bardem's answering machine was something he considers one of the most beautiful gifts he has ever received.[6] For that role, he received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actor, the first for a Spaniard. Immediately after, he turned down the role of "Witwer" in Minority Report which eventually went to Colin Farrell.[18] Instead, in 2002, Bardem starred in John Malkovich's directorial debut, The Dancer Upstairs. Malkovich originally had the Spanish actor in mind for the role of the detective's assistant, but the movie took so long to obtain financing it gave Bardem time to learn English and take on the lead role of the detective. "I will always be grateful to him because he really gave me my very first chance to work in English," Bardem has said of Malkovich.[12][17]

Javier Bardem and the Coen brothers at the Cannes Film Festival 2007

Bardem won Best Actor at the Venice Film Festival for his role in Mar Adentro (2004), released in the United States as The Sea Inside, in which he portrayed the quadriplegic turned assisted suicide activist Ramón Sampedro. He made his Hollywood debut in a brief appearance as a crime lord who summons Tom Cruise's hitman to do the dirty work of dispatching witnesses in the crime drama Collateral. He stars in Miloš Forman's 2006 film Goya's Ghosts opposite Natalie Portman, where he plays a twisted monk during the Spanish Inquisition.[19] In 2007, Bardem acted in two film adaptations: the Coen Brothers' No Country for Old Men, and the adaptation of the Colombian novel Love in the Time of Cholera with Giovanna Mezzogiorno by Gabriel García Márquez. In No Country for Old Men, he played a sociopathic assassin, Anton Chigurh. For that role, he became the first Spaniard to win an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.[20] He also won a Golden Globe Award and Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award for Best Supporting Actor, the Critics' Choice Award for Best Supporting Actor, and the 2008 British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Award for Best Supporting Actor. Bardem's rendition of Chigurh's trademark word, "What business is it of yours where I'm from, friendo?" (in response to the convenience store owner's query, "Ya'll gettin' any rain up your way?"),[21] was named Top HollyWORDIE of 2007 in the annual survey by the Global Language Monitor.[22] Chigurh was named No. 26 in Entertainment Weekly magazine's 2008 "50 Most Vile Villains in Movie History" list.[23] Bardem's life's work was honored at the 2007 Gotham Awards, produced by Independent Feature Project.

Bardem with co-stars for the film Biutiful at Cannes 2010

Francis Ford Coppola singled out Bardem as an heir to, and even improvement on, Al Pacino, Jack Nicholson and Robert De Niro, referring to Bardem as ambitious, hungry, unwilling to rest on his laurels and always "excited to do something good."[6] Bardem was attached to play the role of Tetro's mentor in Coppola's film Tetro, but the director felt the character should be female, so he was replaced by fellow Spaniard Carmen Maura.[24][25] Bardem was originally cast to play fictional filmmaker Guido Contini in the film adaptation of the Broadway musical Nine, but dropped out due to exhaustion.[24][26] The part eventually went to Daniel Day-Lewis.[27] He went on to star alongside Penélope Cruz and Scarlett Johansson in Woody Allen's Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008). In 2010, he was awarded Best Actor at the Cannes Film Festival for his performance in Biutiful directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu, who specifically wrote the film with Bardem in mind.[13] After being overlooked by the Globes and SAG, Bardem was the unexpected Oscar nominee on 25 January 2011, becoming the first all Spanish-language Best Actor nominee ever.[28][29] He won his 5th Goya Award, this time for Best Actor in Biutiful, dedicating the win to his wife, Penélope Cruz, and newborn son.[30][31] Around this same time he was offered the lead role of "Gunslinger" Roland Deschain in Ron Howard's adaptation of Stephen King's Dark Tower novels. If he had signed, he would have starred in the TV series as well. Then Eon Productions offered him a role in the James Bond film, Skyfall.[32] With Universal deciding not to go forward with the ultra-ambitious adaptation of the Stephen King 7-novel series, and to end months of speculation, Bardem officially confirmed his role in Skyfall during an interview with Christiane Amanpour for ABC's Nightline.[33][34]

Bardem received the 2,484th star of the Hollywood Walk of Fame on November 8, 2012. The star is located outside the El Capitan Theatre.[35]

Bardem at the 83rd Academy Awards, 27 February 2011

With his movie Sons of the Clouds: The Last Colony[36] he demonstrated the suffering of the Sahrawi people in refugee camps.[37] He publicly denounced the UN as unwilling to definitively resolve that human crisis.[38] Bardem will portray the main antagonist in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, scheduled for a 2017 release.[39]

Personal life

Bardem's native language is Spanish and he is also fluent in English. He is also a stated fan of heavy metal music, with a particular penchant for the band AC/DC.[13] Bardem cannot drive, only getting behind the wheel for film roles,[11][40] and he consistently refers to himself as a "worker", and not an actor.[40] Bardem was raised as a Catholic, but is now an atheist.[41] Following the legalization of same-sex marriage in Spain in 2005, Bardem incited controversy when he stated that if he were gay, he would get married "right away tomorrow, just to screw the Church" (mañana mismo, sólo para joder a la Iglesia).[42] In May 2011 Bardem teamed up with The Enough Project's co-founder John Prendergast to raise awareness about conflict minerals in eastern Congo.[43]

In 2007, Bardem began dating Penélope Cruz, his co-star in Vicky Cristina Barcelona. Bardem and Cruz have maintained a low public profile.[44] They are famously private and will not talk about their personal lives.[13] The couple married in July 2010 in The Bahamas.[45] They have two children: a son, born in 2011,[46] in Los Angeles; and a daughter, born in 2013, in Madrid.[47]

During the 2014 Israel–Gaza conflict, Bardem, along with his wife, signed an open letter, denouncing Israel's actions as a "genocide",[48] a letter that was criticized by actor Jon Voight.[49]

Filmography

Year Film Role Notes
1990 Las edades de Lulú Jimmy
1991 High Heels (Tacones lejanos) Regidor T.V.
1992 Jamón, jamón Raúl CEC Award for Best Actor
Sant Jordi Award for Best Spanish Actor
Nominated—Fotogramas de Plata Award for Best Movie Actor
Nominated—Goya Award for Best Actor
1993 Huevos de oro Benito González Fotogramas de Plata Award for Best Movie Actor
Nominated—Goya Award for Best Actor
1993 El Amante Bilingüe Shoeshiner
1994 Running Out of Time (Días contados) Lisardo San Sebastián International Film Festival Award for Best Actor (also for El detective y la muerte)
Goya Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Fotogramas de Plata Award for Best Movie Actor (also for El detective y la muerte)
1994 El detective y la muerte Detective Cornelio San Sebastián International Film Festival Award for Best Actor (also for Running Out of Time (Días contados))
Nominated—Fotogramas de Plata Award for Best Movie Actor (also for Running out of Time (Días contados))
1995 Boca a boca Victor Ventura CEC Award for Best Actor
Fotogramas de Plata Award for Best Movie Actor
Goya Award for Best Actor
Ondas Award for Best Actor
Premio ACE Award for Best Actor
1996 Éxtasis Rober Nominated—Fotogramas de Plata Award for Best Movie Actor
1997 Love Can Seriously Damage Your Health Camillero
1997 Airbag José Alberto
1997 Carne trémula David Fotogramas de Plata Award for Best Movie Actor (also for Perdita Durango)
Nominated—European Film Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Goya Award for Best Actor
1997 Perdita Durango Romeo Dolorosa Fotogramas de Plata Award for Best Movie Actor (also for Carne trémula)
1998 Torrente, el brazo tonto de la ley Cameo
1999 Entre las piernas Javier
1999 Second Skin Diego Fotogramas de Plata Award for Best Movie Actor
1999 Washington Wolves (Los Lobos de Washington) Alberto Ondas Award for Best Actor
2000 Before Night Falls Reinaldo Arenas Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead
National Board of Review Award for Best Actor
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor
Premio ACE Award for Best Actor
Southeastern Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Volpi Cup for Best Actor
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
Nominated—Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Nominated—New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor
2001 Don't Tempt Me Tony Graco Uncredited
2002 Dancer Upstairs, TheThe Dancer Upstairs Agustín Rejas
2002 Mondays in the Sun Santa CEC Award for Best Actor
Fotogramas de Plata Award for Best Movie Actor
Golden Kikito Award for Best Actor
Goya Award for Best Actor
Premio ACE Award for Best Actor
Nominated—European Film Award for Best Actor
2004 Collateral Felix
2004 The Sea Inside (Mar adentro) Ramón Sampedro CEC Award for Best Actor
European Film Award for Best Actor
Fotogramas de Plata Award for Best Movie Actor
Golden Kinnaree Award for Best Actor
Goya Award for Best Actor
Sant Jordi Award for Best Spanish Actor
Volpi Cup for Best Actor
Nominated—Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
Nominated—Premio ACE Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
2006 Goya's Ghosts Brother Lorenzo
2007 Love in the Time of Cholera Florentino Ariza
2007 No Country for Old Men Anton Chigurh Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Austin Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Central Ohio Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor
Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor
Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
National Board of Review Award for Best Cast
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor
Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
Santa Barbara International Film Festival – Montecito Award
Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Southeastern Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Toronto Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Vancouver Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast
Nominated—Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast
Nominated—MTV Movie Award for Best Villain
Nominated—National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture
2008 Vicky Cristina Barcelona Juan Antonio Gotham Award for Best Ensemble Cast (tied with Synecdoche, New York)
Nominated—ALMA Award for Best Actor in a Film
Nominated—Gaudí Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Nominated—Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead
2010 Biutiful Uxbal Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actor
CEC Award for Best Actor
Fotogramas de Plata Award for Best Movie Actor
Goya Award for Best Actor
Palm Springs International Film Festival – International Star Award
Premio ACE Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Alliance of Women Film Journalists Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Ariel Award for Best Actor
Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated—Rembrandt Award for Best International Actor
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
Nominated—St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
2010 Eat Pray Love Felipe
2012 Sons of the Clouds: The Last Colony Himself
2012 Skyfall Raoul Silva MTV Movie Award for Best Latino Actor
Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Villain
Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominated—Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—MTV Movie Award for Best Villain
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominated—London Film Critics Circle Award for Supporting Actor of the Year
Nominated—Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
2012 To the Wonder Father Quintana
2013 The Counselor Reiner
2013 Alacrán enamorado Solís
2014 Autómata Blue Robot Voice
2015 The Gunman Felix
2015 The Last Face Post-production
2017 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Captain Salazar Filming

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