7. Javier Bardem
Javier Bardem’s turn as assassin Anton Chigurgh in No Country for Old Men is one of the most iconic performances of the last decade, winning Bardem an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. His characters blank expressions and intimidating manner made him one of the most memorable parts of the film. In Skyfall, Bardem created a very different but almost as impressive villain as he played ex-MI6 agent Raoul Silva, who was almost the opposite of Chigurgh in terms of mannerisms and personality.
Despite being known primarily for playing villains, Bardem has played a variety of roles during his career such as his Oscar nominated turn as a struggling father in Biutiful. Bardem has two movies coming out this year that will show off his abilities in Terrence Malick’s To the Wonder and Ridley Scott’s the Counselor.
This article was first posted on March 23, 2013