The self-proclaimed emotional actor knows what it means to be a full person. As he explained to GQ, “I was raised not to be afraid to show emotion or imagination… I have a man and a woman in the same body; I have the male and female values in the same body. ‘Be a man’ — what do you mean by that?”
It helps to be secure in your masculinity when you are married to a woman as lovely as Penelope Cruz. Bardem spoke of his love life by saying, “I’m happily married. I breathe and stay in peace. I truly thank whoever’s up there for giving me the opportunity to be loved.”
One area where his confidence might lack is when it comes to watching himself onscreen. “The fact that I like to make characters doesn’t mean that I like to watch my characters being made, my performance. I can’t even watch that f*cking nose, that f*cking voice, those ridiculous eyes. I can’t handle that. But when I’m doing it, I don’t see my nose or hear my voice; it’s like there’s something stronger, bigger than that. And I need to express it.”
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