We got more than we bargained for when Javier Bardem sat down to chat with us about his role as Captain Salazar in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. Not only did we get to see how sweet and funny he truly is but he also shared the funny story of how he and Johnny Depp became friends. Our interviewed involved lots of laughter and some juicy tidbits that I cant wait to share with you below.
I think he was a bit scared when he walked into a room of applauding moms, he even went on to say “I’m a daddy so don’t be too tough on me”.
Here’s what Javier Bardem had to say…
Getting involved with the film
“I got involved back then, 2010, because Penelope was shooting “Pirates 4” so I went to the set in Hawaii, a beautiful place, and Los Angeles it was, and London, and I was very envious. I was very jealous because I was seeing all this amazing production taking place, the water, the special effects, the boat, the sword fighting. I wanted to be one of those. So, I said to Jerry, Jerry please, give me a job. [LAUGHTER]…I thought that he was going to say yeah, right, but then he called me five years after and I was so surprised and honored because as a movie goer, I love the franchise. So, I knew that production wise and experience wise it was going to be great. Now it was a matter of what’s the story and what can I bring to the character, and when they gave it to me, I thought it was this great thing about one same character played in two ways, 1) he’s alive and it’s all about pride and it’s all about honor and when he’s dead, which he’s like it’s all about betray and pain and revenge. I liked it. And it’s a Disney movie. You have to bring it up. You have to lay it up because it’s a family movie but even though I think it’s very powerful. It has some powerful moments, the movie itself.
Meeting Johnny Depp for the first time
I met him in 1999 in Mexico in Vera Cruz doing a movie called “Before Night Falls” by Julian Schnabel…there was two scenes that he came down to play for us as a favor to Julian, because he knows Julian Schnabel. In one, he’s playing this very strong Cuban general, and another one, he plays a drag queen bon-bon…I was in a trailer and I went out of the trailer, I saw this beautiful blonde hair and a beautiful a** [LAUGHTER] and I said that’s a beautiful a**, and they said it’s Johnny’s, it’s a beautiful a**. I don’t care! [LAUGHTER]
Then I said “I don’t know you, but you’ve got a great butt”. [LAUGHTER] And then since then, we’ve been good friends [LAUGHTER] and he was a gentleman then.
Thoughts on Johnny Depp
“…He was super nice, very caring, very funny, and don’t give himself too much importance at all. I remember that it was so hot, we were sitting on a roof and it was summertime. It was 3 p.m…people were like fainting out of the heat, and there was only one umbrella and of course the production went running to him with the umbrella and he was like no. The umbrella is not for me. The umbrella is for Javier because that’s the guy who has to keep shooting when I leave. You need to protect him. And that was without making too much noise about it, but I saw that and I thought that talks a lot about him.” – referring to the first time they had met on set in 1999
“…when I do the movie now, in 2015, he was the same guy except that he’s playing Jack Sparrow which is an iconic character…he’s so funny to watch and he will do and say anything and he will be brilliant so I had to cut sometimes the scene because I was laughing [LAUGHTER], I cannot hate you, but he’s a great colleague and a beautiful guy.
Talking with the black goo coming out of his mouth
“That was what I called it monkey poo. [GROANS] It was a liquid. They told me it was supposed to be like chocolate, chocolate my a**. [LAUGHTER] That taste worse than that…I was supposed to put it on the teeth. I said give me that, so I drunk it and then I went to play the first scene, I think it was with Geoffrey Rush and it starts to pour out of my mouth and he was very disgusted. [LAUGHTER] And I thought it was like a rage pouring out, right? It’s not blood. It’s like the rage of the character coming out, like something more physical, like a bull. I’d always thought the character was like a bull, like a wounded bull with the blood and like moving like wounded and breathing like out of breath and with a very strong idea for revenge…”
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales sails into theaters May 26th!
Johnny Depp returns to the big screen as the iconic, swashbuckling anti-hero Jack Sparrow in the all-new “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.” The rip-roaring adventure finds down-on-his-luck Captain Jack feeling the winds of ill-fortune blowing strongly his way when deadly ghost sailors, led by the terrifying Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem), escape from the Devil’s Triangle bent on killing every pirate at sea—notably Jack. Jack’s only hope of survival lies in the legendary Trident of Poseidon, but to find it he must forge an uneasy alliance with Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario), a brilliant and beautiful astronomer, and Henry (Brenton Thwaites), a headstrong young sailor in the Royal Navy. At the helm of the Dying Gull, his pitifully small and shabby ship, Captain Jack seeks not only to reverse his recent spate of ill fortune, but to save his very life from the most formidable and malicious foe he has ever faced.
* I was invited by Disney to the #PiratesLifeEvent to share my experience with my followers. However, All opinions are my own.