You grew up in Madrid, loving American as well as Spanish films.
Thatâ€™s true: I donâ€™t believe in God, but I believe in Al Pacino. The other day I was watching â€˜â€˜Dog Day Afternoonâ€™â€™ again, and I see a man who is so true, so interesting and I understand more about the world from his performance. And you go, â€˜â€˜Câ€™mon, itâ€™s only acting.â€™â€™ Well, wouldnâ€™t you say that a good book or a good painting allows you to see the world in a different way? When I see a great performance, I feel more alive.
Portrait of a Lady Killer: Javier Bardem – New York Times
Quick, fascinating interview with Javier Bardem on acting and playing two very different roles in No Country and Vicky Cristina Barcelona. Full of good tid-bits like the one above, as well as:
With Chigurh, I saw him as a man with a mission that was beyond his control. Someone chose his fate for him. I thought of him as a man who never had sex. He doesnâ€™t like human fluids, even his own. [Pauses] I donâ€™t want to get into too many details, but I even imagined how Chigurh would masturbate.