February 2nd, 2011
10:15 AM ET
"Biutiful" star Javier Bardem is ready to get ugly as a bad guy in the next James Bond movie.
The Oscar-nominated actor tells the L.A. Times that he's met with director Sam Mendes about playing the villain in the tentatively titled "James Bond 23" and is definitely intrigued.
“I’m a huge fan of the James Bond saga,” says 41-year-old Bardem. “When I was little, I went watching Mr. Connery doing James Bond with my father. Who in the world would think I’d be in one of those movies?”
Bardem adds that Mendes is changing the dynamic between Bond and the villain, so it will be less obvious that Bardem's character is the nemesis.
While Bardem hasn't yet committed to the project—which stars Daniel Craig and is due in theaters November 9, 2012—he definitely can see himself getting caught up in the drama.
“Maybe I will go back home saying, ‘I have the world in my hands,’” he jokes. “Evil can be very seductive.”
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