Carlos Bardem (Madrid, 1963) combines two great passions in his life: cinema and literature. The actor and screenwriter has just published his latest book, The Maverick Killer (Plaza & Janés) in which the crime novel, political satire and social denunciation come together. His latest novel stars Fortunato, a hit man who is hired to eliminate a corrupt politician for fear of what it may tell about his affairs when he was in power.
Carlos Bardem: “Podemos has kept having the entire media apparatus against him filtering lies”
Bardem explained in his conversation with Ignacio Escolar that “reality always surpasses fiction” and as an example he put some of the episodes that have been lived with the Bárcenas case and the Kitchen operation, such as the appearance of a false priest at the former treasurer’s house looking for a pendrive. “This book is a rebellion against one of the effects of corruption, which is the impunity of the powerful, who many times believe that it is above the law and sometimes moves in parallel and other times protected by it,” he added.
The writer defends the “obligation to bother” literature and culture and points out that The Maverick Killer it is “a cry against the impunity of power.” “If as a society we were to confront what corruption in this country is, it would have to act in a more furious way,” continued Bardem, pointing to the cause of this social impunity of corruption that “we have not been educated in democratic values” and that we live in a country with “authoritarian tics”. “If you add the situation in the judiciary to this, it creates that social acceptance of corruption,” he added, criticizing that “in this country it is cheap to be corrupt: it has no political cost and millions of people continue to vote for them.”
Carlos Bardem has reflected on the current political situation in our country and in response to the questions of the partners, he has defended the figure of Pablo Iglesias as “inspiring”. “At some point historical justice will be done. He was someone who, with his mistakes, put great brilliance at the service of some ideas that I share. What this man has endured is inadmissible,” he said, adding that “it would be a sign of health. of this country that there is a recognition to his figure “.
Ayuso for me is a sociopath, and whoever is offended by this is that he does not know what ‘sociopath’ means
He spoke clearly about the right and the extreme right. The actor, who actively participated in the Iglesias campaign as a candidate for the elections in the Community of Madrid, has charged against the current president: “Ayuso for me is a sociopath, and whoever is offended by this is that he does not know what it means ‘sociopath’ “.
Thus, he has been surprised by “the intellectual and moral mediocrity of some politicians in this country” and has indicated that “journalism must be held accountable for its collaboration with the laundering of the extreme right.”
“I have not been hungry at home for my mother’s ovaries”
The writer has responded to those who point to his family for being on the left having made a lot of money. “I live well, and I do not complain, but what I have or do not have I have earned by working,” explained Bardem, who recalled that at home they did not start having a comfortable situation. “My mother slept 3 hours a day to feed us. I have not been hungry at home because of my mother’s ovaries,” he said.
To the right, it seems very bad that there are people who continue to remember people who have not had the luck to access a decent standard of living and quality public services
Carlos Bardem criticized the position of the right, to which “it seems very normal that the right-wing worker exists, that is making a homeland, but it seems very bad that there are people who continue to remember people who have not been lucky enough to access a decent standard of living and quality public services. It seems that if life is going well for you, you have to mutate into a thought that defends that the one who does not do well is because he is a lazy person who does not make an effort ” he argued.
Without wanting to delve into the subject, the actor and writer acknowledged that there are projects that did not go ahead “because of who he was” but he has acknowledged that both he and his brother have been lucky enough to be able to work in other countries, which has provided them a “certain freedom”. “What they can’t stand about the Bardem is that at this point we won’t shut up,” he added.