In any language, Javier Bardem is a force to be reckoned with. He’s been making movies in Spanish for nearly three decades, and breaking barriers since 2000, when his performance in Julian Schnabel’s Before Night Falls made him the first Spanish actor to be nominated for an Academy Award. He then became the first Spanish actor to win one, for his iconic turn as the chilling villain Anton Chigurh in the Coen Brothers’ 2007 neo-Western No Country for Old Men. The smoldering Javier Bardem oozes a masculine energy that remains at the core of his characters, whether it manifests through considered charisma or terrifying intensity. In other words, he has played his share of lovers, but his dark side has allowed him to transcend romantic lead status again and again. Bardem was in Toronto for TIFF as both a speaker and the star of two different movies: Loving Pablo! and mother! In this video, we show why he’s worth every exclamation point.