“An Office in Your Brain”

January 1, 2011

Bardem’s thoughts on acting in English, or something like them, have to have some relevance to singers who sing in multiple languages:

You live your life in Spanish and you’ve suffered and enjoyed and had pleasures and pains in Spanish. Words have an emotional resonance in you, huge emotional echoes, when you’re speaking in your own language. … When you’re speaking in a foreign language, there’s like an office in your brain, where people are throwing the words at you. “Give me that word — I need a verb! I need an adjective!” There’s a lot of people working in there, and you have to live with that.

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