In 1999's SECOND SKIN (Segunda Piel), Bardem bares all with friend and fellow versatile actor, Jordi Mollá. Mollá, not as known to American audiences as Bardem has become, is also a highly popular actor in Spain.
Depp had a brief role in the biographical drama that brought Bardem his first Oscar nomination. BEFORE NIGHT FALLS, released in 2000, is my favorite Bardem film performance. He played Cuban author and exile Reinaldo Arenas. A gay man and a writer, he would be persecuted and imprisoned in Castro's Cuba. Bardem and Johnny Depp worked together in BEFORE NIGHT FALLS. Depp played a prison drag queen.
By the way, that prison drag queen did more to advance the work of a new author than Oprah Winfrey ever dreamed of doing within her daytime TV book club. Trust me on this.
In the 1930s and into the 1940s, Universal became famous as the Hollywood studio of excellent monster movies, movies that made actor Boris Karloff famous. It gave us FRANKENSTEIN, BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN, THE MUMMY, THE INVISIBLE MAN and others. The studio has tapped into the classic franchise again. Tom Cruise and Russell Crowe will be seen in THE MUMMY come June. Reportedly, Javier Bardem will play the monster husband in a new BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN. Johnny Depp will play The Invisible Man.