Oscar Winner Planned to Send Cleveland Indian to Refuse his Statue
Pass the butter. Is Javier Bardem’s fate destined to mirror that of Marlon Brando’s after his similar Oscar snub? Brando’s turn in “Last Tango in Paris” began a string of sub par roles.
LOS ANGELES (Sportsman’s Daily Wire Service) Oscar winner Javier Bardem revealed after the 2008 Academy Award telecast that he had plotted to pull a Marlon Brando-type stunt at the award ceremony.
The best supporting actor for “No Country for Old Men” said he had planned to send an Indian to the podium to refuse to accept the Oscar statue, but his dear “Mama” talked him out of it.
The same stunt was pulled 35 years ago, when Marlon Brando sent Sacheen Littlefeather on stage to tell presenter Roger Moore that Brando would not be taking the best actor award for his role in “The Godfather.” Bardem said he had arranged for Cleveland Indians star pitcher C.C. Sabathia to do the same. Sabathia was going to tell the audience that Bardem was refusing the award to protest the treatment Indians receive in Hollywood. Oddly enough, that was the same reason Littlefield gave for her appearance in 1973.
“The Tribe is tired of being disrespected on the big screen,” said the Spanish actor.
Observers immediately questioned how anyone could take offense to the way the Cleveland Indians have been portrayed in Hollywood movies, because only two films have been produced that featured the team prominently — 1989’s Major League and its 1997 sequel.
Reached at the Tribe’s spring training home in Florida, Sabathia echoed Bardem’s remarks. “The Indians were portrayed in those movies as a bunch of misfits and losers,” said the pitcher, who racked up a stunning 10.45 ERA in last year’s ALCS. “When in reality, we have players like Edward Mujica, Asdrubal Cabrera and Shin-Soo Choo.”
Sabathia complained that the unfair treatment even went down to the choice of announcer Hollywood gave the Tribe in Major League. -“I mean, come on, Bob Uecker?” he asked. “At least you could have given us that ‘Holy cow’ guy or that old dude who says ‘Oh my.’”
In Bardem’s post-Oscar press conference, he told reporters just before he hit the red carpet he had confided in his mother, who convinced him that the Indians really are losers. Many speculated that the end of the actor’s acceptance speech, where he said he was going to speak Spanish to his mother, was a sweet refrain on how much she meant to him. But what sounded to the vast majority of viewers like, “Blah, blah, blah, como es, blah, blah, blah, Mama,” was actually Bardem thanking his mother for talking him out of his scheme.
When asked to comment, fellow winner Daniel Day Lewis said he fully understood why Bardem would pull that type of stunt, and that would be to secure roles like Brando did after his infamous Oscar’s rebuff, such as the butter-wielding character in “Last Tango in Paris, the man-of-steel’s dad in two Superman movies, or the title role in the blockbuster “The Island of Dr. Moreau.
If Sabathia had taken the stage, it would certainly have spiced up one of the most boring Academy Awards telecasts in recent memory.
The Sportsman's Daily tried reaching a hired focus group who’d watched the Oscars immediately after the ceremony to get their reaction to the foiled plot, but they had all fallen asleep an hour earlier.
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