Javier Bardem Discusses Playing Pablo Escobar in Loving Pablo

In Loving Pablo, Javier Bardem plays the notorious Drug Lord, Pablo Escobar. The film chronicles the love affair between him and Colombian journalist Virginia Vallejo, played by his wife, Penelope Cruz. We got to sit down with Javier and talk to him about the film, the culture of idolizing people like Pablo Escobar, working with his wife, and the possibility of playing Darkseid in the DCEU.

Check out the video or read a transcript of the interview below:


Javier Bardem Discusses Playing Pablo Escobar in Loving Pablo

THS:

Let’s get right into it. Pablo Escobar is taking the spotlight in pop culture a little bit recently, what makes him such a fascinating character and what drew you to that role?

Javier Bardem:

Well this is the movie that are going to stop that. Mainly, like there’s not anything iconic or glamorous about him and maybe some of the readings of him has been a little bit of that. . . and that when we were shooting in Colombia people were coming to us to say make sure that there is nothing glamorous about him, because we don’t want our teenagers to want to be like him and that’s a danger of focusing on what is cool about that kind of life and that’s why we want to make our take of it and that’s . . . this is it, Loving Pablo, and I think while we try to make it different is to bring the human being into it. And by human I mean the darkness and the pain that he not only inflicted on others but the pain that he suffered to himself and not to use to follow him but to understand that . . . we . . . when we do things like supporting governments that are corrupt or we consume the product, we gave power to people like him and the pain that they create.

THS:

When you see a figure like public Escobar being glorified saying in rap songs in the same way that Tony Montana does, how does it make you feel?

Javier Bardem:

Bad. I’m a father and I don’t think there’s nothing cool, you can understand and you have to understand where they’re coming from, what is there the surroundings. . . social, economical, political, surroundings of people like Pablo Escobar, of course you understand many things about the poverty and misery they want to escape from, but there’s nothing cool about being like him and  making money in that way, because at the end of the day, you’re going to inflict so much pain in the people that are around you, the money, if it’s family, friends. . . And you’re going to die, I don’t know if you’re going to die, but you’re going to have a very bad painful ending, for sure, and if that’s worth it, some people may choose that as a way of living, but I don’t think that’s going to make you any happier.

THS:

So this story is, it’s a pretty well-known story, we know how it ends for Pablo, do you think he knew how it would end for himself or was he so high on himself he thought he could win?

Javier Bardem:

Yah, and also he didn’t have any reference, like he had the reference is a fog upon him, he glorified like Al Capone, he was dressed as Al Capone, and Zapata as well, but you can not compare Zapata to Al Capone. But he thought of himself as a figure, but he wasn’t. So at the same time, you have a reference as we have now from him and he thought he was immortal, he thought he would never secede and he would never be . . . he would never end, and not only his life, the power. That what he will bring to the world and in one way he was right, because what he created and could traffic was more person than ever.

THS:

You’ve been very famously private in your relationship with your wife, you’re a famous couple, now you’re on screen together, you’re on the movie poster together, what is that transition been like for you guys?

Javier Bardem:

Well we know. . . I mean she’s an actress, I’m an actor, and we work together, we’ve done two movies actually together, this one. . . I mean Pablo and anther one that will come next year. Well, I mean it’s not something that we would want to do every day, but if the script is good and the conditions are good, and the characters are great like in this case, yes why not?

THS:

 One last question for you, I’m not sure if you’re familiar with what the people are saying on social media and stuff, but in the comic book world, you’ve been fan cast as Darkseid for D.C. Have you considered playing a superhero in the future and has anybody . . .

Javier Bardem:

 I don’t even know who that guy is. I think, I’m very bad at that . . . but listen, if they make a movie and they want to play that guy I would read it.

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