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Javier Bardem is a Spanish actor, and the first Spaniard to be nominated for an Oscar. He played lead roles in Vicky Cristina Barcelona and Eat, Pray, Love.
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He had a role in Love in the Time of Cholera, derived from the best-selling novel by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. While Love in the Time of Cholera received mixed reviews, Bardem has received an enormous amount of praise for his work in No Country for Old Men, adapted from the Cormac McCarthy novel. Made by Ethan and Joel Coen, the dark film is a modern western of sorts with Bardem playing Anton Chigurh,
a hitman who lives by his own code. Tommy Lee Jones plays the sheriff on trying to solve the string of murders he leaves in his wake. After stealing money from the scene of a drug deal done bad, Josh Brolin gets tangled up with Chigurh as one of his intended victims.
One of the most striking physical features of Chigurh was his haircut. And Bardem even referenced it during his acceptance at the 2008 Academy Award ceremony during which he won the award for Best Supporting Actor. "Thank you to the Coens for being crazy enough to think I could do that and for putting one of the most horrible haircuts in history over my head," Bardem told the audience.
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