Javier Ángel Encinas Bardem (born 1 March 1969) is a Spanish actor. Bardem won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as the psychopathic assassin Anton Chigurh in the 2007 Coen brothers film No Country for Old Men. He has also received critical acclaim for roles in films such as Jamón, jamón, Carne trémula, Boca a boca, Los Lunes al sol, Mar adentro, and Skyfall, for which he received both a BAFTA and a SAG nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
Bardem has also won a Screen Actors Guild Award, a BAFTA, five Goya Awards, two European Film Awards, a Prize for Best Actor at Cannes (ex-aequo with Elio Germano) two Volpi Cups at Venice for his work. He is the first Spanish actor to be nominated for an Oscar (Best Actor, 2000, for Before Night Falls), as well as the first Spaniard to win one. He received his third Academy Award nomination, and second Best Actor nomination, for the film Biutiful.
Always loved Javier Bardem. With Palestine against Israel’s slaughter war; in 2003, with the Iraqi people (see pic). pic.twitter.com/kGamxGlzeb
— Vijay Prashad (@vijayprashad) August 3, 2014
Dozens of Spanish film stars, directors, musicians and writers, led by Oscar winners Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem and Pedro Almodovar, have denounced Israel’s incursion into Gaza. In an open letter referenced by Europa Press and other Spanish media, they described Israel’s actions as “genocide.”
The letter, which was published by Spanish news service Europa Press today, goes on to lament the ‘physical, moral, psychological’ impact the bombings are having on the people of Gaza, and also called for an end to an Israeli blockade that restricts what can be taken from Israel into the territory.
It is not the first time Bardem, who is married to Cruz, has spoken out in support of Gaza.
In an article for Spanish newspaper El Diario on Saturday, he called the conflict ‘genocide’, adding that it amounted to an ‘occupation and extermination against a people without means, confined to a minimum of land, without water and where hospitals, ambulances and children are targets’.
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- Hall, John.() “‘You can’t call it self-defence while you’re murdering children’: Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz lead the celebrity revolt over Gaza genocide.” Daily Mail.