Spanish and US movie stars at festival

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Javier Bardem, John Malkovich, Ben Stiller and Robert Downey Jr present their new films and earn awards at the San Sebastian film festival.

22 September 2008

SAN SEBASTIAN -- Javier Bardem is "the best young actor in the world", according to John Malkovich, who was at the San Sebastián film festival on Sunday to present “Burn After Reading”, the latest Coen brothers’ movie.

Malkovich described Bardem, who he directed in the 2002 “The Dancer Upstairs”, as a man with spectacular natural talent who deserves all the awards he received.

"I'm sorry I missed him", said the star of “The Killing Fields”, “Dangerous Liaisons”, “Con Air” and “Being John Malkovich”.

Bardem won an Academy Award earlier in 2008, among many other prizes, for his role in another Coen brothers movie, “No Country for Old Men”, and was also in San Sebastian last Friday to pick up the National Cinematography Award and to present “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”, Woody Allen's latest comedy, where he plays a leading role alongside Scarlett Johansson and Penélope Cruz.

War movie spoof

Ben Stiller and Robert Downey Jr. were also in San Sebastián on Saturday to present “Tropic Thunder”, a satire about a group of actors shooting a war movie who become real-life soldiers.

In the movie, Downey Jr is an actor who darkens his skin color so he can play an African American soldier during the Vietnam War. During the presentation in San Sebastián, both he and Stiller - who wrote and directed the movie - were received by fans with loud cries of admiration. Downey Jr was asked by an audience member: "Oh, so you're the black guy in the movie?"

"I don't know what the spirit of this event is, but we have seen the posters for the other movies on the street and we definitely do not fit in", said Ben Stiller.
Asked about Spanish actors Javier Bardem and Antonio Banderas, who was here on opening day to receive a lifetime achievement award, Downey Jr seemed confused.

"Who are those two? I'll look them up on Google tonight", he said. Then, after Stiller whispered something in his ear, he added: "Oh, yes. They're great. Extremely talented. And I envy their good looks".

[El Pais / Expatica]

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