The actress, who won an Oscar for her role as the emotionally unstable Maria Elena in the film, shares many of the same characteristics of her wild and unpredictable character, according to Bardem. Passion for everything.” Her passion is what attracted Bardem to Cruz, 43, who finds her fiery nature beautiful and sexy. The actor, who played the menacing James Bond villain in “Skyfall”, explains that a terrible fight in his youth left him unable to watch violence on-screen. The actor even jokes about taking on his Oscar-winning role as the psychopathic villain Anton Chigurh in the Coen brothers’ violent Western, “No Country For Old Men”.RELATED: From Heavy Metal To Man Crushes, Javier Bardem Opens Up To Esquire “Oh, boy. There are those scenes where we are arguing, she’s throwing plates and so on,” he tells the magazine, saying he questioned whether she was right for him. “So if I hate violence so much why did I do ‘No Country For Old Men’, right? “But you should have seen me off camera, playing Anton on that movie …when the camera stopped rolling I would beg the Coen brothers, ‘Please take that gun out of my face guys, please…'” “Man, they would be laughing their asses off. When we heard about Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem's top secret Bahama's wedding earlier, we couldn't contain our excitement!
When they have finished promoting Vicky Cristina Barcelona, they plan to take a house together in London, where Cruz will spend five months rehearsing and filming the musical Nine, with a cast that includes Nicole Kidman, Daniel Day-Lewis, Judi Dench, Sophia Loren and Marion Cotillard.
Maybe the couple was inspired to tie the knot by the incredibly romantic wedding of Cruz's best friend, Salma Hayek, to French businessman Francoi Henri-Pinault in Venice, Italy, in April of 2009?
Here's Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem boarding a boat to the nuptials with U2 frontman Bono..
He has also received critical acclaim for roles in films such as Jamón, jamón, Carne trémula, Boca a boca, Los Lunes al sol, Mar adentro, and Skyfall, for which he received both a BAFTA and a SAG nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
Bardem has also won a Screen Actors Guild Award, a BAFTA, five Goya Awards, two European Film Awards, a Prize for Best Actor at Cannes (ex-aequo with Elio Germano) two Volpi Cups at Venice for his work.