JM: [...] Now Javier. I want to ask you about something. You possess one of my favorite qualities, which is that you're a very accomplished hypochondriac. [Bardem laughs] Could you tell me briefly about the first time you felt you had a serious illness that you didn't have?
JB: Sure. I was 14 years old, lying on the sofa watching TV, and my head started to ache. I said, "I am going to die. I'd better call my friends and say good-bye." [laughs] I called two of them, and they said, "Well, go to the doctor." So I went to the doctor's office, and they looked at me and said, "What are you doing here?" I said, "I think I'm going to die." And they told me, "You're fine. Just relax." I told my friends what had happened, and from that moment on, they've been used to me saying that I have serious health problems. I suppose one day I won't say anything and I'll disappear. [both laugh]
JM: Wasn't there also a time when you thought you had throat cancer, so you went to Luciano Pavarotti's throat doctor?
JB: Yes. I had to go to Vienna, which cost me a lot of money I didn't have, and this doctor spoke to me in German, and I didn't understand a word. I was sweating and almost crying, because I thought he had the clue to my life and I wasn't understanding his words. So I made him write down everything he thought about my throat in English, and what he wrote, basically, was, "It's fine. That'll be $500." [both laugh]
I like people who are open about their hypochondria, because it helps me realize I am not the only crazy person I know.