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Javier Bardem: Great Cast, Great Dialogue & Great Scenes

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For Javier Bardem. it's another movie written by Cormac McCarthy (No Country For Old Men) and another crazy hairdo.

Bardem won a supporting-actor Oscar as the deranged hit man in No Country, and he's also getting great reviews for this one, The Counselor."

"In No Country, I was the hunter — Anton Chigurh is the worst force of destiny you could think of," Bardem says. "Now I am the hunted. In a very different world."

Bardem's character gets in way over his head with a drug cartel, along with a respected lawyer (Michael Fassbender) engaged to a beautiful woman (Bardem's real-life wife, Penelope Cruz).

"There are links to No Country here," Bardem tells USA Today. "It's the same author. And there are consequences and lies and human nature at its worst."

Oh, and that hair.  When Scott sent Bardem the script for "The Counselor," Bardem says he was immediately inspired to create a look that's nearly as outlandish as his appearance in No Country. That meant adopting splashy, expensive clothes, opulent sunglasses ("he changes the color depending on his mood, and it brings a detachment"), and crazy, spiked hair.

Javier speaks with Steve Edwards and Maria Sansone on Good Day LA.

Fun Facts About Javier Bardem (Source: Wikipedia)

1)  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.

2) 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 Coppa Volpis 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.

3) 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. Both his older brother and sister, Carlos and Mónica, are actors. He also comes from a very political background, in which his uncle Juan Antonio was imprisoned by Franco for his anti-fascist films.

‘The Counselor' opens Friday, October 25th.

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