Javier Bardem admits it was difficult to master the voice of Desi Arnaz in ‘Being the Ricardos’.
The 52-year-old actor stars alongside Nicole Kidman in the new film – which documents the complex marriage between ‘I Love Lucy’ stars Desi and Lucille Ball – and admits he had to work to match the high tones of ‘Arnaz.
Javier told Variety: “I think Nicole and I – when we were working hard on the moments on the TV show, that was the guideline – work on it and work on it until you hear the note.
“And boom, it pushes you to get as close to the high Desi tone as possible. Because my voice is much lower than his, with the accent and all, it takes time.”
Javier is set to star as King Triton in Disney’s live-action remake of ‘The Little Mermaid’ and has been very impressed with co-star Halle Bailey – who will play Ariel in the new film.
Speaking at the Los Angeles premiere of ‘Being the Ricardos’, he said: “Her voice is out of this world. She was warming the voice around me and I was like, ‘What the hell is this? ‘was? It would take me a lifetime to be able to (hit) that note. It’s incredible.”
Javier also revealed that director Rob Marshall gave him his own song to sing – the first time he sang in front of a camera.
The ‘Skyfall’ actor said, “(Marshall) was the first one who had the courage to give me a song and give me the stage, and I love him. Working with him is a gift.”
The new film will feature songs from the 1989 animated classic in addition to new tracks from original composer Alan Menken with lyrics by “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda and Bardem has high hopes for the film.
He said, “I think from what I’ve seen and what I know, the movie is going to be something amazing.”