I attended a film junket with Disney who provided all of my expenses.
The room lit up when Javier Bardem walked into the room. He walked in to a robust applause from our group and his personality definitely met that enthusiasm. Bardem plays “Captain Salazar” in Disney’s new film Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. He seeks revenge on pirates – specifically one – Jack Sparrow. Talking with him you could tell he is a kid at heart and had a lot of fun and passion working on this film. There was so much laughter during this interview.
Q&A with Javier Bardem:
Q: You portray such strong emotions in the movie – was it difficult to show that in your face because of all the makeup?
A: “I was concerned about it. Once I had the mask on my face I realized I could express myself through it. Special effects brought magic into the performance without killing it like the hair. The people doing the special effects, they are in the right place.”
Q: What was that black goo spewing from your mouth during the film?
A: “It tasted like monkey poo! They were supposed to give me chocolate! They wanted me to dab it on but I just grabbed the bottle and started guzzling it. It was oozing out of my mouth and spitting everywhere. I felt like a wounded bull blowing stuff out of his mouth.”
Q: How did you become involved in the project?
A: “In about 2010 when Penelope was in Pirates 4 I went to the set and was very envious and jealous of the amazing production. Sword fighting – it all looked so cool. I asked Jerry (Bruckheimer) sort of as a joke if I could be in the production and got a call 5 years later. As a movie goer I love the franchise. I knew production wise and experience wise it would be great. I loved that 1 character could be played in 2 ways.”
Q: What was it like working with Johnny Depp?
A: “Depp was so friendly and didn’t give himself much importance. It was so hot and people were fainting. There was only one umbrella for shade. Depp made sure I got the umbrella so I could keep shooting the scene and keep the ball rolling. He’s so funny to watch. He will do and say anything and he is brilliant. Sometimes I had to cut the scene because I was laughing so hard.”
Q: Did you pull any inspiration from previous villain roles?
A: “I wanted to bring some Spanish flavor into the audience.”
Q: I understand you are an accomplished artist. Do you ever go home after filming and paint what you saw or something that inspired you during the filming process?
A: “Yes, I studied painting and found that I wasn’t good at brushes but better at pencil and ink. I really am fascinated by and love drawing faces and bodies. I like to bring that part into process. I do go home a paint what inspires me on the set.”
Q: We know you like to play rugby. How do you relate rugby to film work?
A: “Rugby is a great philosophy on the field. There are rules to follow and there is no room for stars. You are ONE of the team – the same is like a movie set. You are part of a team. The moment you think yourself more important than the rest everything is going down. Bring the ball to the other side of the court.”
Q: Did you get to see any of the film before it came out?
A: I was working a little bit in the darkness so I couldn’t really tell what the film would look like. Most of the shots were done in the studio except one scene which was at Whitehaven Beach in Australia.
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