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OTRC: Javier Bardem talks Oscars, 'Biutiful' and bananas

Javier Bardem appears at the 2011 Academy Awards nominees luncheon on Feb. 7, 2011. (A.M.P.A.S.)

Javier Bardem says it took him at least six months to get back on his feet after starring in the emotionally complex film "Biutiful," which earned him his third Oscar nomination, and compared the experience of getting into his character to wearing a banana costume.

In "Biutiful," a film in the actor's native Spanish, Bardem plays a dying crime boss and father who is involved in the underworld of Barcelona and struggles with love, spirituality, crime, mortality and sacrifice. Bardem told OnTheRedCarpet.com in December that starring in "Biutiful" was a "very rewarding journey," but that shooting the romantic drama "Eat Pray Love" in Bali afterwards helped him get over the emotionally draining experience.

"It took me at least six months to really get back to my feet," he said at a recent luncheon honoring the nominees of the 2011 Academy Awards. "That's something that happens unconsciously. It's not that you change .. you start to act or behave or even say some words that really don't belong to yourself anymore."

"It's like, you are that person for 24 hours for six months, it's obvious," he added. "It's like if you go to a disguise party, and you stay in your disguise for more than 12 hours, dancing, there will be a moment where you will believe you are, I don't know, a banana., if that's the disguise that you choose. That's the fun part of it."

Julia Roberts, who co-starred with Bardem in "Eay Pray Love," said in January that the actor should be nominated for an Oscar for his performance in "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.

Aside from his recent Oscar nomination, Bardem also welcomed other happy news - his actress-wife Penelope Cruz welcomed their first child, a son, in January.

This year's Oscar ceremony is set to air live on ABC from the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles on Feb. 27, 2011. Check out a full list of Oscar nominations.

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