Do Javier Bardem’s bad hair days translate to Oscar bait? We get a feeling there’s to be a relationship between Bardem’s acclaimed roles and his hairdos … and don’ts. And we’re not the only ones, now that everyone’s singing his praises as Skyfall’s villain Raoul Silva.
The Spanish actor initially gained recognition for his performance in 2000’s Before Night Falls, but it was his turn as the bloodthirsty Anton Chigurh in No Country for Old Men that solidified his spot on the Hollywood A-list and won him an Academy Award. While his acting chops proved impressive, people seemed more consumed by the bizarre bob he sported in the film — including Bardem himself. During his Oscar acceptance speech he thanked the Coen brothers for putting “one of the most horrible hair cuts in history over my head.” And the guy was not exaggerating.
Bardem since redeemed himself with some smart, cropped ‘dos in Vicky Cristina Barcelona and Eat, Pray, Love. Though he received praises for his Latin lover role of Juan Antonio in Woody Allen’s comedy, Bardem’s Felipe in Eat, Pray, Love was limited to watching Julia Roberts do her signature Julia Roberts guffaw. Was his perfectly coiffed hair in the film to blame?
This month, Bardem has returned to the silver screen with a vengeance, playing a psychopathic killer in the latest of the Bond franchise. His sinister Silva is receiving accolades and even Oscar buzz, a rarity for a Bond film. Coincidentally, Bardem’s hair in the film is blond, combed back and utterly awful. As The Guardian wrote, “The actor looks as if an albino polecat is draped across his head.” This begs the question: Do bad hairstyles mean good performances for Javier?
Above, we’ve (very scientifically) graphed Bardem’s hair from Before Night Falls to his latest 007 role to see if there is any correlation between those luscious locks and his performances. The films’ critical responses are taken from Rotten Tomatoes, and we have quite objectively judged Bardem’s hair throughout his varied career. The results? Let’s just say Bardem’s next flick should definitely be a live action Rapunzel story.
[Photos: The Saul Zaentz Company, The Weinstein Co., Columbia Pictures, Focus Features,MGM, El Mar Pictures, Paramount Vantage]