My Javier Bardem fetish

So, this is not a celebrity gossip blog, but let me indulge in a confession: I have a Javier Bardem fetish.

And that’s before I even get to see the Coen brothers’ No Country for Old Men.

I find the man exceedingly handsome. It must be no coincidence that, before acting professionally, Bardem was a member of the Spanish national rugby team. I have been known to show a weak spot for rugby players.

Some of Bardem’s filmography:

  • He has starred twice with Francesca Neri, one of the most beautiful women of the 1990s, in a supporting role in The Ages of Lulu and in a leading role in Carne Trémula (Live Flesh) by Pedro Almodovar – ah, the things paraplegics can do in bathtubs.
  • In Before Night Falls by Julian Schnabel, he portrayed Cuban dissident poet and novelist Reinaldo Arenas.
  • In The Sea Inside, he was a tetraplegic, Ramon Sampedro, who fought a 28-year campaign in favor of euthanasia and his own right to die.

Confinement and constraint seem to be a recurring theme in his work: in jail, on a wheelchair, in bed. The more constrained he is, the more charisma he exudes. One wonders why the Coens ever decided to let him loose, and with a cattle gun.

One thought on “My Javier Bardem fetish

  1. I saw No Country a couple of months ago. Can’t pronounce myself on Bardem’s manhood but I was mesmerised by the sheer power of his performance. He gave life to one of the most disturbing sociopath ever appeared on a movie. His utter lack of humanity and his autistic sense of purpose made Schwarzenegger’s Terminator look like a stoned boy scout.

    Anton Chigurh (pronounced Ant-on-Sugar) is such a totalitarian character that the Coens perhaps wanted a novel face to the American audience, a guy with no strings attached to familiar roles in other movies, someone who could be fully and completely only Chigurh. If besides novelty you also want a great performer with star charisma, then your choice is quite limited and Bardem is arguably the best of the lot. Provide him with a pneumatic stungun and a Prince Valiant haircut and you get an outlandish angel of death presaging the dissolution of whatever decent is left of the American way of life.

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