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“Sean Penn boos, it was a disaster but they served” – Corriere.it

from Stefania Olivi, sent to Cannes

The Spanish actor in a meeting with the audience of the festival. “In the first test they only took me because I was a handsome boy. Then I learned how to act. Obligation? Duty”

“The first test? I had it because I was bland beef. I learned to act later.” So amused at the idea of ​​calling the festival up for master classes (“Last night Asghar Farhadi was making fun of me. Please, call me all in the chorus ‘Maestro,’ so I showed him the video”), Javier Bardem was awarded an honorary degree in fidelity. “I am from a family that has cinema in its DNA – his grandfather was the anti-Franco director Juan Antonio and his mother the great actress Pilar – but I started by chance. I accompanied my sister to an audition, and they suggested that I try too. The director told me to take off a shirt. That was enough: He gave me the part. But then I started studying.” He came to Cannes a lot, was a jury member, and won Best Actor in 2010 for biology by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu. But he doesn’t find it difficult to remember disappointments either. It’s not a country of old Queens men left empty-handed (but then triumphant at the Oscars, with a statuette of him too). Even worse, booing and shouting at the press show of your last look By Sean Penn, in 2016. “It was a disaster, and there’s no other way to put it. After this film, the festival changed the rules, prioritizing official screening over the film for journalists. However, in our profession, we also need whistles. I laughed at him » .

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On the set of Woody Allen

With an open heart also about his wife Penelope Cruz. “Besides being an amazing woman, she’s an amazing actress. I’ll never finish saying thanks to Bigas Luna for pork Where did we meet? It’s not always easy to work together, it depends on the movie and the character. For Loving Pablo, my Escobar was so annoying that he made me sleep on the sofa one evening.” He says there are also nice surprises. “in Vicki Cristina BarcelonaThere was a scene where we had to kiss, we repeated it several times. Once, we turned around and there was no one behind the camera anymore, they were all gone. Then Woody sent us the snaps as a wedding gift. Motivated by the audience, he relives the stages of his career between authors’ cinema and blockbuster films. “I am lucky in life and work. Giant directors chose me, for characters I hold in my heart like the Cuban dissident poet Rinaldo Arenas before nightfall by Julian Schnabel. Or Ramon Sampedro, the protagonist Into the sea By Alejandro Amenabar Who Fought for the Right to Euthanasia, Which Finally Made Law in Spain». Commitment, like cinema, also carries it imprinted in the genetic code. “Like brown eyes. I think it is right to express an opinion, to stand by, as I do, for example, side by side with Open Arms struggling to prevent the Mediterranean from being just a graveyard. Cinema can make a difference.” His hardest moment? A profession that has nothing to do with him. When I lost my mother months ago, I was very attached to her. He was devastated, but I realize now that he was not as present as he is now, every day with me.”

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