Why? - Because I can.
I can't do this however without saying that I'm a big fan of this man, to the left, who has rightfully been described as one of the best actors of his generation, and weighing up pretty well against those in the 'best actors of all time' phantom category.
The Best or scariest villainous characters are made even scarier when you toss them into the hands of a sublime actor (take a look at Hannibal, The Joker, Christopher Walken, hehe).
To Javier Bardem then, and his two most infamous characters in English cinema.
Raoul Silva - aka Thiago Rodriguez, former top spy for MI6, now a vengeful sociopath.
- They'll both kill you without much thought.
- Wherever either of them goes - 'there will be blood' (hehe)
- They're both former military men (in Silva's case this is referenced through him being a former spy, and as we know, the MI6 is partial to hiring 'former SAS types'. Chigurh has a history with Carson Wells - Former Special Forces - so naturally...)
- They both have tremendous hairdo's.
- They were born (theoretically speaking) on different continents (although Chigurh's origins are admittedly vague).
- Whereas Chigurh's character is representative of 'violence' as an entity, Silva's character is slightly more (again, in theory) relate-able because he was sold-out by his government - a very dangerous man scorned, and as a result becomes somewhat demented (though he may have had such tendencies prior to swallowing cyanide).
- Chigurh is a high functioning killing machine. Silva was one, now he's a physical wreck, likely on copious amounts of medication.
- They abide by very different philosophical dynamics (more about that below) - and this is the fundamental deciding factor...
Creepy, evil, sadistic or just plain nightmare inducing; if you lucked out and somehow crossed paths with someone of either persuasion, then pray you rather meet Anton Chigurh...
Why? - Because he's more likely to kill you quickly, via bullet to to the head, or chest. Raoul Silva then is the worse of the two, simply because he's more likely to toy with you and make you feel some of his pain - which is considerable. He's also likely to kill your spirit before he takes your life, slowly...
It's a rather interesting dynamic, I thought so anyway. Chigurh has something of a skewed philosophy on life; that he is simply a tool - holding himself to the idea that he is somehow set apart from the rest of humanity, and that good or bad, your fate has already been decided. If he moves in a certain direction, he's likely to kill most he encounters, with an exception every now and then - to be decided by chance, in the form of a coin toss. Cormac McCarthy wrote the character to represent how nonsensical violence is - Chigurh then, is the personification of violence.
Silva has no such philosophy - it's kind of like when a human killing machine has been broken on the inside, and somehow restarted with a reset guidance system, targeting its 'creator', with a will to break her ("M") in a similar way. If there is one thing he abides by though, however shrouded in his demented ways it may be, it is in the principal of 'survival of the fittest' - physical wreck's they may be, but he and James Bond are the last two, and hence strongest, rats remaining... (queue chewing sounds)
On his work:
Your work cannot come from your vanity…it’s more about, how do I help this story by portraying the character as it needs to be, on every level, for this story to be told?…As actors we have the room to express as many sides of our nature as we are able or willing to show. There is no danger in that…you can get lost, of course. You have to know how to come back. The difference between a person with mental problems and an artist is that only the second one has a two-way ticket.
From the haircut and all that? It’s funny, because I saw that photo and I didn’t pay attention to the haircut because it was more of the way he was dressed as well as anything, but I guess they [Coen Brothers] pay attention to the haircut. So, I went to the trailer and they cut it and I saw it and I said, ‘What the hell is that?’ But that helped a lot actually, because in a way he gave this reality to the character this dimension of being very methodical. Everything is in place. It’s kind of mathematical. Like perfectly structured which is the way I thought the character should be. Perfectly clean. I thought this could help, but not for my private life though.
[I had to] put the person [watching] in an uncomfortable situation, where even James Bond could not resist.
"The first time I read it, I realized the character had many colors,”
“Here there is a broken person. What I like the most is there is a clear motive [to kill], We understand he is very human and this is powerful. I was attracted to the villain because I thought he was a nice guy. I could see it in his eyes.
"The character’s sexuality was part of the game... Sexuality was there as something important to create the behavior of [being uncomfortable]. From 'uncomfortableness' we brought the sense of humor."
“I was really looking forward to the set because I knew I was going to have fun"
"[At one point] I forgot my lines,” Bardem said laughing. “I realized I was in a James Bond movie! Sam (Mendes) came over and was laughing and said what happened? But he knew.”
“It’s a privilege, to be cast in the longest-running film franchise in history"
[Read more: http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/entertainment/2012/11/08/javier-bardem-on-being-james-bond-skyfall-villain-hes-broken-person/#ixzz2JYOKwB6p ]