Javier Bardem is a 'huge fan' of 007 - has yet to read the script
Oscar nominee Javier Bardem is notoriously difficult when it comes to getting him to commit to a film, but he admits he has just been offered a part that will be hard to turn down -- blogs Glenn Whipp for the LA Times
Bardem recently met with director Sam Mendes to talk about playing the villain in the next James Bond film, temporarily titled âJames Bond 23â and set for a Nov. 9, 2012, release.
The actor, who is Oscar-nominated for his lead work in the Spanish-language drama âBiutifulâ and who won in 2008 for another villainous role in "No Country for Old Men," hasnât said yes to Mendes -- yet. He wants to read the screenplay first. But, judging from the grin on his face when we spoke on Monday, heâs very open to the idea.
âIâm a huge fan of the James Bond saga,â Bardem says. âWhen I was little, I went watching Mr. Connery doing James Bond with my father. Who in the world would think Iâd be in one of those movies?â
The deal breaker for him, if there is one, will be, as always, if the material doesn't hold up. But Bardem says he was intrigued by what Mendes told him at their meeting.
âTheyâre changing the whole thing, the whole dynamic,â Bardem says. âIâd be playing Bondâs nemesis, yes, but itâs not that obvious. Everything is more nuanced. Itâs very intriguing.â
And the escapism of the Bond franchise would seem a solid fit for an actor newly determined to leave his work behind when he goes home at night.
âBut who knows? Maybe I will go back home saying, âI have the world in my hands,ââ Bardem laughs. âEvil can be very seductive.â
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