It is our last day in Los Angeles, but it is the day we have all been waiting for! Today we get to interview some of the talent from Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales! Our first interview is with the talented, handsome, charming, artistic, and humble and when he talks about his family in that accent …swoon …Javier Bardem. This is a good reason to get up early on a Saturday morning.
Javier Bardem plays the part of Captain Salazar in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. He has a long standing hatred for Captain Jack Sparrow and is out for revenge. Off the screen seems nothing like the villains he portrays, especially as he is surprised by a room full of 25 women ready and waiting to ask him all sorts of questions. He may need a second cup of coffee before the interview is over. But it was a delight to see him so surprised and thrilled as we clapped and cheered both him and his performance as he entered the room.
Bardem comes from a long line of actors in the Spanish cinema. He first acted at the age of 6 and during his teenage years he acted in several television series as well as played rugby for the Spanish National Team. He is possibly best well known for his performance the persecuted Cuban writer, Reynaldo Arenas, in Before Night Falls (2000) where he first met Johnny Depp, more on that meeting in our interview. But that wasn’t his only encounter with Johnny Depp. They competed against each other for the role of Florentino Ariza in Love in the Time of Cholera(2007) He received five Best Actor awards and a Best Actor Oscar nomination for his portrayal of Arenas in Before Night Falls. He is noted for his ability to appear almost unrecognizable in films, for example spending up to five hours in make up for The Sea Inside (2004).
Q. How long did it take you to get your make up on for the part of Captain Salazar?
JAVIER BARDEM: Way less than it takes to you all. [LAUGHTER] Three hours.
Q. How was it talking through the black goo coming out of your mouth?
JAVIER BARDEM: That was like colored monkey poo. [GROANS] It was a liquid. They told me it was supposed to be like chocolate, chocolate my ass. [LAUGHTER] That taste worse than that, so, and they was supposed to put it on the teeth. I said give me that, so I drank it and then I went to play the first scene, I think it was with Geoffrey Rush and it starts to pour out of my mouth and he was very disgusted. [LAUGHTER] And I thought it was like a rage pouring out, right? It’s not blood. It’s like the rage of the character coming out, like-like something more physical, like a bull. I’d always thought the character was like a bull, like a wounded bull with the blood and like moving like wounded and breathing like out of, out of breath and with a very strong idea for revenge.
Pirates of the Caribbean was not the first or only time that Javier and Johnny Depp have crossed paths.
Q. What’s it like working with Johnny Depp and what was the chemistry like on set?
JAVIER BARDEM: I met him in 1999 in Mexico in Vera Cruz doing a movie called “Before Night Falls” by Julian Schnabel, and it was an inventive movie, a beautiful movie about a gay, Cuban poet that was imprisoned by the Castro regime and then he came to states and a very important figure in the Cuban culture, also in the gay community, and there was two scenes that he came down to play for us as a favor to Julian, because he knows Julian Schnabel.
I was in a trailer and I went out of the trailer, I saw this beautiful blonde hair and a beautiful ass [LAUGHTER] and I said that’s a beautiful ass, and they said it’s Johnny’s, it’s a beautiful ass. I don’t care! [LAUGHTER]
I said I don’t know you, but you’ve got a great butt. [LAUGHTER] And then since then, we’ve been good friends [LAUGHTER] and he was a gentleman then. He was super nice, very caring, very funny, and don’t give himself too much importance at all.
He continues to share with us another experience with Johnny Depp . . .
JAVIER BARDEM: I remember that it was so hot, we were sitting on a roof and it was summertime. It was 3 p.m. We were all — people were like fainting out of the heat, and there was only one umbrella and of course the production went running to watch him with the umbrella and he was like no. The umbrella is not for me. The umbrella is for Javier because that’s the guy who has to keep shooting when I leave. You need to protect him. And that was without making too much noise about it, but I saw that and I thought that was — that talks a lot about him.
Fun Facts about Javier Bardem:
- He’s a father and former Captain of a National Rugby Team.
- He loves rugby, hopes his son will play, but his mother may not agree.
- He compares his experience with rugby much like being an a movie set.
Like in rugby, you are one of the team and that’s the same like a movie set. I’m always saying that because I played rugby for almost 20 years, I know what a movie set is. You are part of the team and in the moment where you think of yourself more important than the rest, everything is going down. The goal, the aim is destroyed.
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PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES opens in theaters May 26th, 2017 in 3D, RealD 3D and IMAX 3D! Like PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES on Facebook and follow Walt Disney Studios on Instagram and Twitter . Purchase your tickets in advance from Fandango and don’t get sold out!
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