Javier Bardem Worked As A Stripper For One Day

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    “I’m a performer, and I have my work.”

    You know Javier Bardem from tons of things — but did you know that he was once a stripper?


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    OK, OK, let’s not get out of hand here. It was only for one day. We’ll explain everything.


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    So, during an appearance on The Ellen Degeneres Show, Javier said that he once hopped out of a cake for a friend’s fiancé when he was 20 years old.

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    Later that night, he recreated his routine on the dance floor — and the owner of the club took notice immediately.


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    “The owner of the disco said, ‘Will you do that every Friday?’” he said. “And I said, ‘Yeah, of course!’ because I was drunk.”


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    “Then they hired me, and I had to perform the next Friday.”


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    But Javier got the jitters before showtime — so, he called his mom for help.


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    “I was so nervous, I called my mom and my sister to accompany me to my striptease number,” he explained.


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    So his family joined him, as he danced to Joe Cocker’s “You Can Leave Your Hat On” and wore “a tuxedo that I would open.”


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    “There was nobody — I think there were, like, three people there?” he recalled. “And it was very embarrassing, but I did it! I’m a performer, and I have my work.”


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    Watch the interview here.

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