He received a Best Actor Oscar nod for his role in 2010’s Biutiful— the first entirely Spanish language performance to be nominated for that award… And, now Javier Bardem plans to return to Spanish cinema.
The 43-year-old Spanish actor will play a neo-Nazi ideologue in Alacran enamorado (Scorpion in Love), a film based on a novel by his brother Carlos.
Spanish director Santiago Zannou says Bardem, who won a best-supporting-actor Oscar for his turn in No Country for Old Men, will play a secondary character named Solis, a role distinct from the purely villainous one he has in the upcoming James Bond film.
“In my film (the character) is more realistic, not a wicked villain who wants to destroy the world, but an ordinary person. Those are the ones who truly frighten me, for having a type of ideology that separates people, that engenders violence,” Zannou told Efe.
Alacran enamorado tells the story of Alyssa, a seductive Latin American immigrant who had fallen victim to a prostitution ring and now makes a living cleaning houses, and Julian, alias “El alacran” (The Scorpion), a member of a neo-Nazi group.
Alex Gonzalez and Judith Diakhate have the starring roles, while Carlos Bardem plays a boxing trainer and former boxer Rudo Hovic plays the owner of the gym.
This will mark the first time Bardem has worked with a Spanish director since he won a Goya award for his performance in Alejandro Amenabar’s Mar adentro (The Sea Inside).