I was so happy to learn that on our Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Men Tell No Tales press junket in Hollywood, we would get to meet and interview Actor Javier Bardem who plays the role of “Captain Salazar!” His character almost took me outta here watching him on the big screen lol! He is very frightening indeed and I had nightmares from all the monkey poo that oozed out of his mouth in a scene that you will love to hate, ha! Check out our one-on-one with him in Los Angeles, he is my new most scariest villain of all times besides Hannibal Lecter/Silence of the Lambs lol.
How did you get involved with Pirates of the Caribbean?
Javier: I got involved back then, 2010, because Penelope was shooting “Pirates 4” – so I went to the set in Hawaii, a beautiful place, and Los Angeles, and London. I was very envious. I was very jealous because I was seeing all this amazing production taking place, the water, the special effects, the boat, the sword fighting. I wanted to be one of those. So, I said to Jerry, Jerry please, give me a job.
He called me five years after and I was so surprised and honored because as a movie goer, I love the franchise. So, I knew that production wise and experience wise it was going to be great. Now, it was a matter of what’s the story and what can I bring to the character?
With all that makeup, was it difficult to portray the emotions through all of the makeup?
Javier: That was one of my concerns to see if my facial expression can go through the mask, but…once I had the mask on the face, I realized that I could express myself through it, which is important. Otherwise, your performance is killed by it”. “One of the things that these special effects people have done so well in this movie is that they brought magic into the performance without killing it, the hair, it’s fantastic.
The special effect of the black goo how was that like talking through and being in his mouth, what did it taste like?
Javier: Monkey poo… They told me it was supposed to be like chocolate…. That taste was worse than that, I was supposed to put it on the teeth. I said give me that, so I drunk it and then I went to play the first scene, it starts to pour out of my mouth and he (Geoffrey Rush) was very disgusted. I thought it was like a rage pouring out. It’s not blood. It’s like the rage of the character coming out, something more physical, like a bull. I’d always thought the character was like a wounded bull…out of breath with a very strong idea for revenge.
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