Javier Bardem Is “Discovering Everything Again” With Son

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With his new movie Skyfall hitting theaters on November 9, Javier Bardem covers GQ‘s October 2012 Style Playbook issue. The actor, 43, opens up about wife Penélope Cruz, their 1-year-old son Leo, being a self-professed “atheist” and the hard economic times in his native Spain.

On fatherhood: “You feel like you know sh*t, and you discover everything again, through his eyes.”

On his marriage: “I’m happily married. I breathe and stay in peace. I truly thank whoever’s up there for giving me the opportunity to be loved.”

On hard economic times in Spain: “Many people I love and adore, who belong to my life, are going through a very horrible situation. The government raised taxes on paper and pencils. That’s f*cking crazy. The middle and working classes are paying the debt that the financial markets created. A quarter of Spaniards are -unemployed. One in ten families are completely out of work: It’s f*cking dark, it’s brutal.”

On not watching his performances: “The fact that I like to make characters doesn’t mean that I like to watch my characters being made, my performance. I can’t even watch that f*king nose, that f*king voice, those ridiculous eyes. I can’t handle that. But when I’m doing it, I don’t see my nose or hear my voice; it’s like there’s something stronger, bigger than that. And I need to express it.”

On being an atheist: “I’ve always said I don’t believe in God, I believe in Al Pacino.”

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