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Javier Bardem: I will never retire

Javier Bardem has revealed he loves acting so much he hopes to "die on the job".

The Oscar-winner - whose next big screen outing is as Bond villain Raoul Silva in new 007 film Skyfall - told The Sun that he doesn't ever want to give up his profession and ageing won't get in his way.

He said: "I will never retire because I love acting and I hope to be a very, very old actor.

"My wish is to die on the job."

Javier, who is married to fellow Spanish star Penelope Cruz, said he likes the element of disguise that comes with acting.

"You want to bring someone to the screen that people can see themselves in for a second. That they can imagine something and go, 'Hmm, what would I do in that circumstance?'" he said.

"I have something of all my roles in me, but I'm none of them. That's why I like my job - it's about disguising yourself."

The 43-year-old, who is set to walk the red carpet at the premiere of Skyfall in London on October 23, also opened up about his fame, insisting he isn't interested in being a "superstar".

He said: "I keep as low a profile as possible. When fame invaded my life in Spain I couldn't walk around without some guy telling me stupid things. So I try to avoid the celebrity trap. Oh, it was fun at first because you're only 20 years old and everyone is giving you all this attention. But after a couple of months I said, 'This is bad, there is nothing good in this' - and I still think the same. I promote a film I like but there's a moment where you go, 'Enough'.

"My job is public. I don't want to be a superstar."

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