Actor Javier Bardem has revealed he once dressed in drag to celebrate his Skyfall co-star Daniel Craig‘s birthday.
The two actors, who became close friends while filming Sam Mendes’ 2012 James Bond film, reunited for Variety’s Actors on Actors, presented by Amazon Studios. Bardem, 52, and Craig’s birthdays are a day apart in March (March 1st and March 2nd) so they decided to throw a birthday party together.
“I remember you were in drag, but I know that’s a whole different story,” Craig said.
“Coming out of a cake. I was supposed to be the Bond girl that night and oh my god I was,” Bardem added.
Discussing Bardem’s latest role in Aaron Sorkin’s Being the Ricardos, Craig, 53, said he had no idea the Oscar winner could sing. “Well, besides coming out of the birthday cake dressed like a Bond girl,” Bardem told Craig. “I sang ‘Happy Birthday to You’ in my best Marilyn Monroe impersonation. When (the ‘Being the Ricardos’ team) told me to sing, I was like, ‘Are you sure about that? Are you sure you want me to sing?’ And then I tried.”
Craig suffered a small cut on his forehead during the Zoom interview, but didn’t appear to be aware of it until Bardem pointed it out.
“Let me ask you this last question, my friend. What happened to you here,” Bardem said, pointing to the injury. Craig wondered if it was from a sandwich and found a mirror.
“You’re right. I cut my head!” said the Bond star.
“So they sent me this beautiful ring flash that I set up with an iPad in the middle. And I was walking like this (he leans forward) and it just fell on my head. Do you see how accident prone I am? That’s why I get bloody hurt every time I make a movie,” Craig said, hinting at all of the accidents he’s had playing James Bond in five films, from Casino Royale to last year’s No Time. . to die”.
The actors also spoke about balancing family and acting, which has taken them away from home for months and sometimes a year. Bardem said he’s had one of his busiest years despite the pandemic, as he felt guilty about turning down a job when so many were facing work problems.
But after making three consecutive films, he wasn’t sure if he wanted to repeat that experience.
“I enjoyed it, but it was exhausting. I can’t do that anymore because of my family. In my nervous system, I have two weeks at most to be away from my family. After two weeks I can no longer operate,” said Bardem.
Craig agreed, saying it was difficult to do.
“One of my things about Bond was always that fight. It takes you so long to shoot. It’s basically a year. And that makes it very difficult. And of course you are very dedicated to your job like all talented people are dedicated to their job. And there is a certain amount that pulls you in and my 3 year old just doesn’t get it. So if you have the opportunity and the luxury to do it, you have to try to balance it,” he said.