Bardem hadn’t heard of the Gotham Awards prior to news of his tribute, but he promises, “I’ll be there.”This year, auds will have seen him go from totally love-struck, in “Love in the Time of Cholera,” to soft-spoken agent of the Spanish Inquisition, in “Goya’s Ghosts,” to an icon of death, in “No Country for Old Men.” “It’s a coincidence, all these films coming out at the same time. Which is good,” says Bardem. “It’s a way to show my work, and it’s nice that they are quite different from each other. I’m happy about it.” The actor had a month break between “No Country” and “Cholera,” and he enjoyed the challenge of making the switch from a character who hates to one who loves. “In my body I was feeling the fickleness of pulling that out of me and bringing in just the opposite,” he says of the emotional range. “That’s what I love about this job. Because now I’m forced to see the world with different eyes, the opposite eyes.”
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