Bar­dem says a bro­mance with Bono is hard to beat

Irish Sunday Mirror - - NEWS - BY SYLVIA POWNALL

Ac­tor Javier SPAN­ISH movie star Javier Bar­dem has spo­ken of his ad­mi­ra­tion for U2 front­man Bono ad­mit­ting: “I adore him.”

The con­fes­sion fol­lows Bono’s re­cent in­ter­view with Esquire mag­a­zine when he re­vealed he’d been a fan of the No Coun­try for Old Men ac­tor since 1992 movie Ja­mon Ja­mon.

Bono said: “He’d come to U2 shows, scare our au­di­ence with his air gui­tar, then steal the hearts of our wom­en­folk.”

But when Bar­dem, 48, de­cided to tie the knot with fel­low Os­car win­ner Pene­lope Cruz, 43, Bono said he had to put friend­ship to one side.

The rocker, 57, said: “Pene­lope is a friend – of course I had to make sure this man I so ad­mired on screen was up to scratch to date the ‘Bad Penny’, as she’s known in Ire­land.

“He came through that drink-off with fly­ing colours – and at the end of the night I asked him to marry me.”

When asked about the drink-off and pro­posal by RTE’S Stephen Byrne, Bar­dem replied: “That was in New York, and we had some pints.”

He con­tin­ued: “I adore him. I’m a huge, huge U2 fan and the fact that I can talk of him as some­body that I know

“I ad­mire him so much as an artist and as a guy.”

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