Cruz and Bardem to team up again
Penelope Cruz will star opposite her husband Javier Bardem in Ridley Scott’s new film The Counselor. The Hollywood Reporter suggests that Cruz is favourite to land a lead role in the project, with Bardem already cast with Brad Pitt and Michael Fassbender. The couple were recently seen out in London dining with Scott.
The Spanish stars have made some memorable films together, ranging from the shocking low budget Spanish black comedy Jamon, Jamon in 1992, when Cruz was just 18, to Woody Allen’s recent comedy Vicky, Cristina, Barcelona.
Both owe a great deal to the Spanish director Pedro Almodovar, who cast Cruz in major roles in All About My Mother, Volver and Broken Embraces, and Bardem opposite Cruz in Live Flesh.
Bardem is now one of the most in-demand actors in the world, thanks to his iconic role on No Country For Old Men. Initially he was reticent about taking roles in English-language movies, because he found it difficult to grasp the language. He reportedly learned English mainly from listening to AC/DC records. He is currently working on the latest James Bond movie, Skyfall.
Both have won Academy Awards, Cruz for Vicky, Cristina, Barcelona and Bardem for No Country For Old Men. Bardem and Cruz knew each other and were friends for nearly 20 years before marrying in 2010. They have a son, Leo, born in 2011. Although Cruz was constantly in the limelight during her relationship with Tom Cruise, she and Bardem keep a low profile, keen to preserve their family privacy.