Javier Bardhem’s recent role in the new James Bond movie, Skyfall, was one of his biggest English-speaking roles so far. But how did he get so good at English? How did Javier Bardem learn English? Let’s have a look!
Why did Javier Bardem learn English?
In 1997, John Malkovich (a famous actor) approached Javier and asked him if he would be interested in a film role. However, Javier did not feel confident in his English ability and rejected the role. Later that year his first English-speaking role arrived, with director Alex de la Iglesia’s Perdita Durango, playing a santería-practicing bank robber.
In 2002, when Bardem’s English was better, he starred in John Malkovich‘s directorial debut, The Dancer Upstairs. Malkovich originally had the Spanish actor in mind for the role of the detective’s assistant, but the movie took so long to obtain financing it gave Bardem time to learn English and take on the lead role of the detective.
Question: “Is rehearsing for an English-speaking role any different from rehearsing for a Spanish-speaking role?” Leslie Allan Lugo, MONTREAL
Javier’s Answer: “Totally. It needs more work. I’m much more comfortable with English now than I was four or five years ago. But I still need to work hard in order to own the language, own the words. It’s a matter of sitting down with a great dialect coach and learning little by little. And it takes time, but I love the work. I’m not lazy. I can be everything, but I’m not lazy.”
Javier Bardem: “It’s very difficult to talk a lot, especially when it’s in English, to get specific images in people’s heads, so they can understand what you’re talking about. I don’t know if I’m making myself clear.”[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XELAvSY3h2Y] [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0pmV_sWyhc] [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPd8jIuAR74?list=PLF91AABF73E5B5276&hl=en_GB]