NO COUNTRY FOR PIRATES: JAVIER BARDEM CALLS FOR UNIVERSAL ACTORS’ RIGHTS


FROM THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

In the 2007 film NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN, JAVIER BARDEM’S hitman character mercilessly collected unpaid debts with a deadly bolt gun.

When it comes to movie pirates, the ACADEMY AWARD winner is more accommodating.

“People don’t have money and movie tickets are sometimes too high,” he told reporters in Geneva on Tuesday. “I understand that.”

Still, JAVIER said freeloading off others hurts the nine in ten actors who all ready struggle to pay the bills.

“What I don’t agree with is the mentality of the people, that to do piracy is fine,” the Spanish actor said.

JAVIER travelled to Geneva to support a new international treaty protecting actors rights across the globe. He was joined by Egyptian actor ESAAD YOUNIS, British producer IAIN SMITH and Indian director BOBBY BEDI.

THE WORLD INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY ORGANIZATION is currently hosting talks on a draft treaty that is expected to be approved by governments next year.

JAVIER called for actors to get the same protection as musicians and writers, including the right to earn money from the use of their performances beyond a film’s original release. He also said he wants movie tickets to be cheaper — that way even would be pirates could go to see a film at the theatre once in a while.

Has he ever downloaded a movie or song illegally?

“I barely can put on my iPhone,” JAVIER stated.

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