Javier Bardem has been through a lot of change since 2008. He won an Academy Award that year and reconnected with Vicky Cristina Barcelona co-star Penélope Cruz, whom he later married and started a family. One constant since 2008 has been Bardem’s untiring work on the documentary Sons of the Clouds, available on iTunes today. Joined by Clouds’ co-producer Lilly Hartley and director Álvaro Longoria, Bardem sat down with EW to discuss the passion project that he considers a matter of “moral and historical responsibility.” READ FULL STORY
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Is Javier Bardem playing the first gay Bond villain in 'Skyfall'? Bardem and director Sam Mendes weigh in
Bond villains have always flirted with homoeroticism. You could say it’s as much a part of of the franchise’s 50-year-old formula as all of the girls, gadgets, and glamor. Whether it’s Goldfinger aiming his laser at 007’s royal jewels, the coy cat-in-his-lap quips of Blofeld, or even Lotte Lenya’s butch villainess Rosa Klebb in From Russia With Love, the Bond films have subtly toyed with a sexual subtext. But in the latest Bond installment, Skyfall, Javier Bardem pushes the gay envelope farther than it’s ever been pushed before.
The Spanish actor dons a blonde wig as the latest 007 nemesis, Silva — a cyberterrorist who has a complicated history with Bond’s boss at MI6, M (Judi Dench). And his first encounter with Daniel Craig’s license-to-kill agent is sure to get fans squirming in their seats. Which, according to Bardem, was exactly the point.
Asked if his character has an interest in Bond beyond just world domination, Bardem admits, “You could read it that way. That option was there in the script. The word that [director Sam Mendes] kept using was ‘uncomfortableness’. Beyond the sexuality, he wanted it to feel like you don’t know if Silva’s joking or not.”
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When you think of Javier Bardem as a sadistic villain, a certain hair-do likely springs to mind. Anton Chiguhr’s page-boy locks in No Country for Old Men became part of that character’s terrifying menace. Skyfall director Sam Mendes — wisely methinks — is going in a completely different direction for Bardem’s baddie in the next James Bond film due this fall. In a recent Daily Mail snapshot from the film’s set in Whitehall, Bardem was dressed as a London Metropolitan cop, with straw-blond hair poking out from under his cap.
Of course, the blond hair could be as much a part of his disguise as the badge and uniform. Bardem’s criminal, reportedly named Silva, could conceivably have another unsettling ‘do under that hat and/or wig. Or he could be completely bald, a look that’s worked for Bond’s nemeses in the past and seems to be coming back en vogue, what with Batman’s latest challenge, Bane. I’m hoping, though, that the blond hair is real, and that when he’s not wearing a hat, he styles it just like Max Zorin from A View to a Kill.
After months of speculation about who would play the villain in the next James Bond installment, we finally have an answer, friendo: Javier Bardem. During an interview with Christiane Amanpour on Nightline, in which the Spanish actor talked about his involvement with a charity to help west Saharan refugees, Bardem confirmed that he would be playing the bad guy in Bond 23. “I am very excited. My parents took me to watch the movies and I saw all of them. So to play that is going to be fun,” Bardem said about his joining the 00-franchise. “They chose me to play this man, but I cannot give you many details.”
You can check out Bardem’s interview after the jump. READ FULL STORY
Universal has said no to the quest.
The studio and filmmaker Ron Howard announced last year an ambitious plan to make three movies and two seasons of television based on Stephen King’s The Dark Tower — an epic, seven-part (so far) series of novels that fuse westerns and sci-fi/fantasy in the tale of Roland the Gunslinger and his journey through surreal and treacherous territories to a mythical structure that binds the dimensions of existence.
Here’s what went wrong: READ FULL STORY
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