Skyfall's Javier Bardem Will Not Father Your Child, Remains a Handsome, Spooky James Bond Villain
"It all came together," he tells us. "How does he look? Well, we tried different things. Nothing specific. We brought some pictures and this idea that when you watch the movie and rewind, you understand why this guy looks like that. That had to be here in the physicality. And we tried different things and then one day (he snaps) it happened. It could be something else. It could always be something else. But let's try it and see if it works."
Which begs the question, if the look in the photo above is what he chose, what did he reject?
"I cannot say."
But if we suggest a few, perhaps he'll tell us if we're right? He winks. A redhead with pigtails from the Wendy's hamburger logo?
Ever-coy Javier Bardem shakes his head. Something like Donald Trump?
"Donald Trump," he chuckles, a laugh into which we choose to infer as much amusement as horror. Spray-on hair?
"The spray-on hair?"
Like John Travolta.
"Oh, yeah," he says with very clear recognition of that strange, strange stuff on John Travolta's skull. "No. It was quite easy. We looked for it. Again, you need a good hair and makeup artist."
It doesn't hurt to be soooooooo good-looking, though. Minor spoiler alert, but there's a moment in the film when Silva removes a metal plate from behind his cheek, causing half of his face to casually cave in. And even in that moment, he's still probably one of the best-looking people in the world.
"That is insane," he tells us, handsomely. Like, reallyreallyreally handsomely. At which point, we zoned out as he told us important things about craft and creation. Things like:
"The character represents, as well as we tried, the theme of the movie, which is the renovation between the classic and the new. They confront each other and there's a contradiction: do we have to renew ourselves? What do we sacrifice? And in the name of what? Everything has to be implied in the character in that we imply something classic in him and open it to a new world."
The thing is, though, Bardem is predictably amazing in the film. To watch him in Skyfall is to question why it's taken so long for people to realize that that no one can do evil quite like Bardem. But that's as much Bardem's choice as anyone else's.
"I'm not a huge consumer of action movies," he says. "I've seen all the James Bond movies but that's different. I've seen them since I was 12.
"I wanted to be Luke Skywalker, I wanted to be Indiana Jones. I wanted to be James Bond. I wanted to be Jaws. When you're a kid, you want to be everything. That's the magic of being a kid, no? Then you relax once you're older and you can't do shit. You are are what you are and that's fair enough. To embrace that is not easy."
Skyfall opens in theaters everywhere today.
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