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Clearly, as the most well-known and feared drug lord to have probably ever existed, Pablo Escobar is a very notorious figure and an individual whose story is ripe for exploration in books, documentaries, TV shows and films. Javier Bardem stars as Pablo Escobar in Loving Pablo and, in an interview with Collider, he had the chance to speak about the movie as well as giving an update on the Cortés television miniseries.
Here is what Javier Bardem had to say on what it was like to play someone like Pablo Escobar in Loving Pablo:
“Well, you have to get into some dark places, for sure. You go there and enjoy it. You have to remind yourself that you’re doing this because you love it. One of the greatest things about performing is that you are obliged to face all of your dark corners.”
“You get in there and see them and identify them, and you have to be at peace with them being there. I’m not saying that I am Pablo Escobar, but we all have things that can trigger our emotions, for us to become violent, for us to have rage, and for us to have sensational greed. We have that.”
“Whether it’s heated or not, and whether we are at peace with that or we just pretend that we are not that kind of person, it’s up to us. An actor has to be in tune with all of that and say, ‘Okay, that’s my job.’ It’s good, if you can go there and identify that space and play with that.”
As I previously said, Javier Bardem also gave an update on the development of Cortés:
“Yeah, that is a passion project of mine, as well, like Loving Pablo has been. I’ve been working close to Steven Spielberg for a long time, and that’s going to happen. I’m hopeful that it’s going to happen next year, and I can’t wait to start shooting.”
“Still, there are things to be decided, like the director and other things, but Amazon and Amblin and I are very, very highly excited, along with Steve Zaillian, who wrote the script. It’s going to be something very unique because this story hasn’t been told yet.”
“It’s a very powerful story with so much relevance to it because it’s speaking of greed and religious fanaticism, and the horror of what people can do to others, in the name of greed and religion.”
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