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Born: 1969-03-01
Profession: Actor
Nation: Spanish
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I was raised not to be afraid to show emotion or imagination.

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I will work with a director who has good material because at the end of the day, that's what counts.

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I'm happily married.

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I've always belonged to the street, and I always will. It's in my DNA.

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I've always said I don't believe in God, I believe in Al Pacino.

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I've always said that playing rugby in Spain is like being a bullfighter in Japan.

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Really, I don't see this heart-throb thing at all.

Tags: Chance, Movies, Quality

The award is important in order to bring people to the movie theater. That's the only principle meaning of any award.

Tags: Meaning, Movie, Order

The fact that I like to make characters doesn't mean that I like to watch my characters being made, my performance.

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The middle and working classes are paying the debt that the financial markets created.

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There is no middle ground in Hollywood; you're a failure or you're a success. That mentality is wild.

Tags: Failure, Hollywood, Success

We actors always say how difficult and physically demanding a role was. But give me a break, it's only a movie.

Tags: Difficult, Give, Movie

We live in the moment now where this whole movie business is crazy.

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You know I don't like to talk about my personal life.

Tags: Life, Personal, Talk

You want to do your job well so that people in the future say, 'OK, he's not bad, let's hire him.'

Tags: Bad, Future, Job

I was emotionally and physically punched in the stomach. This is not a place where you go and deliver the lines and then you come back. It's kind of a life-changing experience. But it can't get better than this for any actor - this is like an opera.

Tags: Actor, Experience, Place

Imagine the situation between Israel and Palestine. It's such a big mess. You can be on one side or the other. But what's clear is that there's an urgent need for a solution there and that's been dragging on for so long.

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And the whole Oscar thing, that is just surreal: you spend months and months doing promotion, and then come back to reality with this golden thing in your hands. You put it in the office and then you just have to look at it sitting on the shelf. And, after about two weeks, you go: 'What is that doing there?'

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Awards were made in Hollywood, in whatever the time it was created. They're to promote each other's movies. You give me an award, I give you an award and people will believe that we are great movies and they'll go to see them. It's still the same.

Tags: Great, Movies, Time

Bond is the longest-running franchise ever and there's a reason for that: they are action movies but they are also touched by current events without being political or too serious.

Tags: Movies, Political, Serious

But I remember the moment when my father died. I wasn't a very committed Catholic beforehand, but when that happened it suddenly all felt so obvious: I now believe religion is our attempt to find an explanation, for us to feel more protected.

Tags: Father, Religion, Remember

Everybody in Spain is sick of me. But in America, there's curiosity about the new kid on the block who doesn't speak English very well. The attention makes me feel vulnerable, which is something I hadn't felt in a while. But I like it.

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I am always saying, 'I don't believe in God; I believe in Al Pacino.' And that's true. If I ever get a phone call saying 'Would you like to work with Al Pacino?' I would go crazy.

Tags: Crazy, God, Work

I do a job and am lucky enough to do a job that I love, but it is a hard one. I'm not saying it is as hard as working in a coal mine, but it is still difficult in a different way. Sometimes you have to go through very strong emotional journeys and then come back to yourself. And that can be difficult to control.

Tags: Love, Strong, Yourself

I have this problem with violence. I've only done one movie in almost 20 years where I killed people. It's called Perdita Durango. It's a Spanish movie. I'm very proud of the movie, but I felt weird doing that.

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I live in Spain. Oscars are something that are on TV Sunday night. Basically, very late at night. You don't watch, you just read the news after who won or who lost.

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I look at myself, and I see a Spanish person who's trying to be understood by an English-speaking audience and is putting a lot of energy into that, instead of into expressing himself freely and feeling comfortable.

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My concern is to continue respecting my work as I've done since I began as an actor and I could only do that if I'm strong enough to keep on doing what I think best in an artistic way.

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Now, there are so many movies, so many festivals, and so many awards going on, each judged with each other, like your work is worse than others and that's not fair. How can you tell what's best and what's worst from these awards? We're talking about art.

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Sometimes I say to myself, what are you doing in this absurd job? Why don't you go to Africa and help people? But I cannot help people, because I am a hypochondriac.

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The only thing I can do is act, but it's not something I even feel comfortable doing. It costs me a lot, because I'm a shy person, even if I don't look it.

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The personal thing is something I have never talked about. And I never will. That is prohibited. My job is public. But that's it. When you're not working, you don't have an obligation to be public.

Tags: Job, Personal, Working

This great imperialistic world called the United States has made us believe that an Oscar is the most important thing in the world for an actor. But if you think about it for five minutes you realise it can't be.

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What does my performance have to do with Russell Crowe's? Nothing. If I play Gladiator and we all play Gladiator with Ridley Scott in the same amount of time, maybe we have a chance to see who did it best.

Tags: Best, Chance, Time

When you put gas in your car you are making a political statement, because you are supporting the empires that control and continue the destruction of some countries.

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I do respect people's faith, but I don't respect their manipulation of that faith in order to create fear and control.

Tags: Faith, Fear, Respect

I think we are living in selfish times. I'm the first one to say that I'm the most selfish. We live in the so-called 'first world,' and we may be first in a lot of things like technology, but we are behind in empathy.

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We live in a world of denial, and we don't know what the truth is anymore.

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The bad news is that only the bad people reach the news because they are noisier.

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When you know people are really at peace with who they are and what they do, they collaborate and want to help you to improve.

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I don't know how to drive a car.

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There is no good side to celebrity.

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Every time I wake up, I see myself like somebody beat me up.

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I truly thank whoever's up there for giving me the opportunity to be loved.

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Life is not perfect.

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My truth - what I believe - is that there are no answers here and, if you are looking for answers, you'd better choose the question carefully.

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People have been born in refugee camps and they are getting tired of that.

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When I see myself at 14 years old I can put my hands on my head and think: 'How could I have done that?' but at that time it had sense for me. You do the same when you're 20. And now, when you look at people who are 20 years old you ask yourself: 'Was I like that? Was I really like that?'

Tags: Done, Time, Yourself

An award doesn't necessarily make you a better actor.

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But don't call me an actor. I'm just a worker. I am an entertainer. Don't say that what I am doing is art.

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Celebrity is very weird.

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Even in the darkest regions, people have discovered their right of freedom.

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I believe in people.

Tags: Care, Making, Movies

I enjoy my job as long as I can create a character, otherwise it's boring.

Tags: Boring, Character, Job

I have a man and a woman in the same body; I have the male and female values in the same body.

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I retired from rugby because I was old and getting really slow.

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I truly don't have any formula for the choices I make.

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I used to be a good party boy. I'm old. I'm an old man. You pay the consequences. I'm just fine with a couple of drinks, no more than that.

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I want to act because I don't know how to do anything else.

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