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Javier Bardem dreaded lengthy make-up stints for Pirates of the Caribbean sequel

Actor Javier Bardem was driven crazy by the three-hour make-up sessions his Pirates Of The Caribbean villain required at the start of every day.
The No Country For Old Men star portrays zombie Captain Salazar in the new Disney sequel Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, and to look the part, Bardem had to endure long stints in the make-up chair – his least favourite aspect of the job.
“(It took) three hours every day,” he groaned on U.S. breakfast show Good Morning America. “You go through every state of mind: you start to be very impatient at the beginning, and then you lose it! At the end of the day, you’re like, ‘Take me out of here!'”
Despite having his patience tested every morning, Javier had a blast filming alongside franchise star Johnny Depp, who reprises his role as Captain Jack Sparrow for the fifth instalment of the series.
However, the Spaniard admits there were a few moments on the shoot when he missed his cue – just like his wife Penelope Cruz had warned, after she worked with Johnny in 2011’s Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.
Asked what advice Penelope had given him before heading to work on the project, Javier recalled, “(She said), ‘You’re gonna have a lot of fun and you’re gonna forget your lines when you work with Johnny, because you’re gonna see how he becomes the iconic Jack Sparrow in front of your eyes, and you’re gonna forget that you’re working!'”
Meanwhile, Javier was excited to show the couple’s six-year-old son Leo and three-year-old daughter Luna around the Dead Men Tell No Tales set, although he only allowed them to visit him at work at the start of the production, before his Captain Salazar turned into an undead pirate.
“I was lucky to bring them to the set…,” he smiled. “There’s a part where I am (his character is) alive, and that’s the part that I wanted them to see, rather than when I was in the make-up (as the zombie pirate) – that’s too scary!”
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, which also features the return of original franchise stars Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley, opens in movie theatres this week (ends26May17).

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