They’ve been married for seven years and share two children, but Javier Bardem thought twice about dating Penelope Cruz.
The 48-year-old Oscar-winning actor tells British GQ Cruz’s fiery nature and explosive passion made him question getting involved with the actress. The pair met and fell in love on the set of 2008’s Woody Allen film, “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”.
The actress, who won an Oscar for her role as the emotionally unstable Maria Elena in the film, shares many of the same characteristics of her wild and unpredictable character, according to Bardem.
“Oh, boy. She has that feistiness. There are those scenes where we are arguing, she’s throwing plates and so on,” he tells the magazine, saying he questioned whether she was right for him. “I had to wonder, ”Do I really want this?’ She has what I call the loving blood. Passion for everything.”
Her passion is what attracted Bardem to Cruz, 43, who finds her fiery nature beautiful and sexy.
“That’s what I find attractive. There is beauty and there is being sexy. Penelope has both,” he explains. The couple tied the knot two years after “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”, welcoming son Leo in 2011 and daughter Luna in 2013.
Bardem, who plays an undead sea captain in the upcoming “Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales”, says he has an aversion to on-screen violence, despite often playing the bad guy.
The actor, who played the menacing James Bond villain in “Skyfall”, explains that a terrible fight in his youth left him unable to watch violence on-screen.
“From that moment on, I couldn’t stand violence. I still can’t even watch it. I can’t bear it,” the star says, whose nose was broken in the bar fight.
The actor even jokes about taking on his Oscar-winning role as the psychopathic villain Anton Chigurh in the Coen brothers’ violent Western, “No Country For Old Men”.
“So if I hate violence so much why did I do ‘No Country For Old Men’, right? I know, I know,” Bardem jokes. “But you should have seen me off camera, playing Anton on that movie … when the camera stopped rolling I would beg the Coen brothers, ‘Please take that gun out of my face guys, please…'”
“Man, they would be laughing their asses off. I love them, they’re geniuses. But it was tough,” he says, adding, “And I’ll never forgive them for that damn haircut.”