Javier Bardem is either trying extraordinarily hard to make up for Eat, Prey, Love or he just has a vendetta against Jeffrey Dean Morgan and is ensuring that he takes every single role that fits their look. That would be a spectacular vendetta to watch. Bardem should start showing up to auditions that Morgan is scheduled for, maybe with a fake ID insisting that he is Morgan.
In any case, Bardem has had an extraordinarily busy weekend, reportedly offered three fairly major roles. First, he’s been offered the role of the Gunslinger in Ron Howard’s adaptation. He’s definitely got the weathered look down, and something approaching the ageless nature of Roland. I had to look up his age, and although it’s 41, I would have believed anything from early thirties to late forties. He’s built a bit bulky, and I always envisioned Roland as a wiry man, but I don’t think that’s anything like a deal breaker. Of course Ron Howard will probably wreck it by making Bardem grow back that magnificent hair from No Country for Old Men.
Second, he’s been offered a “major role” in the next Bond film that has gotten back onto some sort of time schedule. That basically means villain, which would be fantastic, or maybe he’ll be the new Q which would be more surreal than sharks with fricking laser beams on their heads. Either that or he’ll be Bond’s love interest. Which do you think will happen first? James Bond taking a gay lover or a gay President of the United States?
Third, Warner Brothers is rumored to want Bardem to play Ares in Clash of the Titans 2. Screw the Kraken, give Bardem some shiny armor like Liam Neeson with a nice mount for his captive bolt pistol and we’ll see how long Perseus lasts.
No word yet on when Bardem will return to “Grey’s Anatomy.”