As the psychotic hit man in “No Country for Old Men”.
I am amazed at how Javier Bardem can re-invent himself in a persona completely different in each movie, as a Bond villain, or passionate artist.
The actor is a credit to his craft, whether you like the role or not.
In my opinion, a good actor can assumes a role that is believable to the audience, even if it is markedly different from previous roles. As the hitman in “No country for old men”, I found Bardem to be psychotically creepy – intentionally so – because that is how the character is written.
I confess that I am a fan, and did not realize some of the other roles I have seen him in; most recently in the James Bond Movie, Skyfall. Bardem was also in Woody Allen’s “Vicky Christina Barcelona” (2008).
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