Javier Bardem says playing an ailing father in the Spanish-language film "Biutiful" was a "very rewarding journey," but added that filming the romantic drama movie "Eat Pray Love" months later helped him get over the emotionally draining experience.
In "Biutiful," a Spanish movie set for a limited U.S. release on Wednesday, Bardem's character is involved in the underworld of Barcelona and struggles with love, spirituality, crime, mortality and sacrifice. The film has been nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film.
"It was a very rewarding journey," Bardem, 41, told OnTheRedCarpet.com. "I mean, it's great material. It's great writing, it's great directing, it's a great story."
In "Eat Pray Love," which was released in August, Bardem plays a man Julia Roberts' character falls in love with during a journey around the world, which she begins after getting a divorce.
"I finished 'Biutiful' and six months later, I was doing 'Eat Pray Love' in Bali because I needed it," Bardem said. "I really needed to go to that other situation, the opposite reaction of being more in a light place, doing something that was lighter, than 'Biutiful.'"
Bardem won an Academy Award for his role as an assassin, who sported a side-swept pageboy haircut, in the 2007 movie "No Country For Old Men." Bardem says he would love to with with directors Joel and Ethan Coen again.
Check out the trailer for 'Biutiful' below.