Javier Bardem is about as good an actor as it gets. Of course, this goes without saying. Whether he’s playing a James Bond villain in Skyfall or a real life character, he captivates. His Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, given for his iconic turn in No Country for Old Men, is just one example of this. So, any opportunity to talk with Bardem is one you don’t pass up. With more promotion going on for Being the Ricardos and his work, that actually came to fruition earlier this week over Zoom. Previously, I discussed Being the Ricardos with filmmaker Aaron Sorkin (here), co-star Nina Arianda (here), and cinematographer Jeff Cronenweth (here). Now, it’s Bardem’s turn.
Below, you can see my chat with Bardem. While the occasion for this discussion was Being the Ricardos (as well as his good year in general, with Dune and The Good Boss), I had to mention other works like mother! and Skyfall. However, the focus is, of course, his work in Sorkin’s latest. We spend a lot of time on his process, which is utterly fascinating. However, once we find a rhythm, a lot of laughter and some silliness ensues. So, this is not just an interesting conversation, but a pretty entertaining one as well. Go figure, he’s a great guy, in addition to being a great actor.
This is some of what I had to say about the acting in Being the Ricardos, courtesy of my review:
The cast may not look exactly like their real life counterparts, but this quartet deliver four of the year’s best performances. Anyone who doubted Nicole Kidman and her ability to ace the role should have remembered just how talented she is. Kidman never does an impression, instead just finding the dramatically compelling character within. For my money, it’s her best performance to date. She’s note-perfect. So too are Nina Arianda and J.K. Simmons, who have pivotal interactions with Kidman throughout. Javier Bardem is terrific too, playing into how people at the time perceived a Cuban man. He’s charming and funny, but has some dynamite scenes with Kidman. The four are legitimately all fantastic here.
Here now is my interview with Being the Ricardos star Javier Bardem. Enjoy:
Being the Ricardos is available to watch now on Prime Video!