Javier Bardem's full life at 50

He decided to be an actor 35 years ago while he saw Robert de Niro in Toro salvaje and then began to study with devotion the work of Al Pacino. Today, De Niro and Pacino are among their many admirers. That detail portrays, better than almost nothing, how far Javier Bardem has come.

Pilar Bardem's son is about 50 years old – he meets them on March 1st – at a very luminous moment. He has long been acclaimed as one of the great and some of the filmmakers that he most respects have directed or aspired to do. But it is his life with Penelope Cruz and her two children which, every day, gives her the greatest joys.

The films that premiered in 2018 –Loving Pablo de Fernando León de Aranoa, all know of Asghar Farhadi – synthesize certain things: his desire to work with Penelope, the desire to combine Spanish and foreign directors who inspire him Confidence and the almost infinite variants of his talent, which allow him to embroider powerful, very marked characters – Pablo Escobar – and others as vulnerable and tender as the Paco of all know. For the latter, particularly appreciated, he is a candidate for all Spanish film awards. Now Rueda, between Almeria and London, a film directed by Sally Potter with Salma Hayek-intimate Penelope-as a roommate.

There are several Javier Bardem inside Javier Bardem – the actor, the friend, the son, the brother, the husband, the father, the committed citizen – but they all seem, in their deep sense of loyalty to their roots, their values and the decisive people.

The words of gratitude the night of the Oscar for it is not a country for old people did not have waste: "Mamma, this is for you, for your grandparents, for your parents, Raphael and Matilde, for the comedians of Spain, who have brought like you, the dignity and the pride to Our trade. This is for Spain and for all of you. " Pilar Bardem, sitting at the gala next to him, looked at him in a state of maximum happiness. He had transmitted to his children his love for the profession but also the enormous zozobras associated with it. Pilar passed them canutas to get ahead of theirs and the Oscar of Javier represented much more than a prize of bells. Complicity with his mother met a very funny episode when he was a child. One day, Javier, obsessed with the idea that the world was over, insinuated that what he would most feel if that happened was that he would die without having made love. His mother reassured him that, if they saw the catastrophe coming, she would lend herself to fulfilling her desire.

The example of his mother, a red of Solera, left a natural rage towards injustices and abuses and a resounding sense of solidarity with the weakest, concretized in his involvement with NGOs (Doctors Without Borders, Open Arms) or the production of documentaries ( Invisible, children of the Clouds). It seems that, in recent years, has sent something the fury towards "Los Bardem" of Spain more cafre and reactionary. Do not underestimate the ability of the miserable to fire their bile to the minimum of change-especially, camouflaged in anonymity that guarantee social networks-but gives the impression that, among the overwhelming majority, has imposed evidence that people like Javier Bardem or Penelope Cruz is the one that makes Spain shine in the world for something decent.

When it does not roll, its day to day is quite placid: house, family, sport, cinema, music and friends, which unleash its more hooligan and amusing side. In his hard core of friendships are classmates of the school and his time as a rugby player – aged 16 was international youth – and others he has found in the profession, such as Luis Tosa, Juan Diego Botto, Eduard Fernandez, Fernando León or Juan Carlos Vellido.

Although he does not work, he goes almost daily to the study of interpretation of Juan Carlos Corazza, his teacher, with whom he loves to explore his resources and limits as an actor. His desire not to stop growing leads him to want to continually rediscover and to impose challenges that excite him. One of the next, if all goes well, will play Hernán Cortés in the series produced by Amazon and Steven Spielberg that he himself has driven from an idea of his brother, actor and writer Carlos Bardem.

His story with Penelope is a separate case and has an unlikely story, with a very happy ending. 28 years ago, in 1991, they are known in ham, Ham, the film of Bigas Luna that threw them. Then, for years, they barely see each other, but they always ask for each other's common friendships. In 2007 Woody Allen reunites them in Vicky Cristina Barcelona and bursts the love between them, so long crouched. In 2008 Javier and in 2009 Penelope, they become the first Spanish and the first Spaniard to achieve an Oscar of interpretation. In 2010 they get married and then have two children who give the big turn to their lives.

In the days of ham, Ham, Bigas Luna said: "Penelope and Javier will end up together and be two of the best actors in the world." He nailed it. Everybody knows that.

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