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Javier Bardem: Being Famous Is Like Living in a Zoo

22nd Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala - Awards Presentation Actor Javier Bardem accepts the International Star Award onstage at the 22nd Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala at the Palm Springs Convention Center on January 8, 2011 in Palm Springs, California. (Getty Images)more pics » Javier Bardem (Getty Images) Fame isn't easy for actor Javier Bardem. And it's not always good for his career, either: Since he's recognized wherever he goes, it's tough to research roles.

The No Country For Old Men actor said: "My job is to try to portray behavior. But I can't watch behavior because people are watching me. You feel absurd, and that's not natural. You are in a zoo.

"You go to a shop and people look at you. That's the only thing that gets me a little nervous."

Javier, 41, also said he never started acting with the intention of becoming a star, but did it because he had always felt a need to express himself since he was a teenager.

He added to The Independent newspaper: "People think actors want to be famous -- but no! Well, some of them, yes -- but I'm doing this job because it's my way of expressing something. I need to do it."

The Oscar winner does, however, admit that in his younger days he was a bad student and wishes he had had stayed in education for longer.

He added: "If I could go back into my past, I would study more. You're losing the opportunity of knowing things, but when you're 18 years old, you don't want to know, you want to live."

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  • Javier Bardem in 22nd Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala - Awards Presentation
  • Javier Bardem in 22nd Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala - Awards Presentation
  • Javier Bardem in 22nd Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala - Awards Presentation
  • Javier Bardem in 22nd Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala - Awards Presentation
  • Javier Bardem in 22nd Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala - Awards Presentation
  • Javier Bardem in 22nd Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala - Awards Presentation
  • Javier Bardem in 22nd Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala - Awards Presentation



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