Written by Richard Flynn
Javier Bardem must be the happiest man on the planet! Not only has his wife, actress Penélope Cruz, just given birth to their first child, he’s also been nominated for the Best Actor award at this year’s Oscars for his role in the Spanish-language production ‘Biutiful’ (released in UK cinemas last Friday).
Bardem’s list of recent successes don’t stop there. It was reported last week that he’s been offered the lead role in the high-profile adaptation of Steven King’s ‘The Dark Tower’. This ambitious project, helmed by Ron Howard, will span three movies and a TV series.
It’s also been announced that Bardem was offered a significant role in the new Bond movie, expected to begin production in the latter half of 2011. No official word yet on who he’ll play, but best guess is he’ll be squaring up against Daniel Craig as the new Bond villain. It seems Hollywood can’t get enough of the Spaniard!
Javier Bardem is no stranger to awards success. The multiple Oscar-nominee, and one time winner (Best Supporting Actor in 2007′s ‘No Country For Old Men’), has won many international awards including a Golden Globe, a BAFTA and four GOYAs. He gained critical acclaim in his home country with the 1992 breakthrough international comedy hit ‘Jamón, jamón’, also starring Penélope Cruz. The film’s success catapulted Javier into the limelight.
His latest movie, ‘Biutiful’, is a look at the dark underbelly of Barcelona. The story follows Uxbal (Bardem) as he struggles to look after his family when his world is crumbling around him. A dark and disturbing tale of redemption, Bardem delivers a powerful performance, proving once again that he’s one of the greatest contemporary actors of our time. Recommended if you liked ‘21 Grams’, the film appeals to an adult, up-market audience.
Distributed by Optimum Releasing, ‘Biutiful’ is playing in cinemas now.
Richard Flynn is Senior Research Executive with Digital Cinema Media. Favourite film genres: World cinema, Thrillers, Comedy. Favourite films: Lost In Translation, The Dark Knight, The Darjeeling Limited, There Will Be Blood
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