Javier Bardem Is “Discovering Everything Again” With Son

With his new movie Skyfall hitting theaters on November 9, Javier Bardem covers GQ‘s October 2012 Style Playbook issue. The actor, 43, opens up about wife Penélope Cruz, their 1-year-old son Leo, being a self-professed “atheist” and the hard economic times in his native Spain.

On fatherhood: “You feel like you know sh*t, and you discover everything again, through his eyes.”

On his marriage: “I’m happily married. I breathe and stay in peace. I truly thank whoever’s up there for giving me the opportunity to be loved.”

On hard economic times in Spain: “Many people I love and adore, who belong to my life, are going through a very horrible situation. The government raised taxes on paper and pencils. That’s f*cking crazy. The middle and working classes are paying the debt that the financial markets created. A quarter of Spaniards are -unemployed. One in ten families are completely out of work: It’s f*cking dark, it’s brutal.”

On not watching his performances: “The fact that I like to make characters doesn’t mean that I like to watch my characters being made, my performance. I can’t even watch that f*king nose, that f*king voice, those ridiculous eyes. I can’t handle that. But when I’m doing it, I don’t see my nose or hear my voice; it’s like there’s something stronger, bigger than that. And I need to express it.”

On being an atheist: “I’ve always said I don’t believe in God, I believe in Al Pacino.”

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