Bardem on his ‘No Country for Old Men’ fears
Javier Bardem has revealed he did not feel up to the role in “No Country for Old Men” that got him a slew of awards including an Oscar.The Spanish actor told Austrian showbiz news mag Live today (Fri): “When the Coens (directors Joel and Ethan Coen) called and described the role (of ruthless hitman Anton Chigurh) to me, I told them: listen, you got the wrong guy!”Bardem admitted he felt out of place to star in the acclaimed thriller – which drew the crowds all over the world in 2007 – “because I cant drive, speak poor English and hate violence. And the Coens told me: yeah, thats why were asking you.”The Hollywood star who has a child with wife and “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” star Penelope Cruz also tried to explain how much he adores award-winning actor Al Pacino. Bardem said: “I used to say: I dont believe in God, I believe in Al Pacino. Id go mad if he asked me to take a role in one of his upcoming films.”Bardem said it was currently “feeling pretty cool” to be Spanish. “We won the (Football) World Cup (in 2010) only because none of you can play though. No competition!” he bragged.