Friday, April 12, 2024

Oscar Winner Javier Bardem Makes 1st Foray Into TV Playing “Monster” Jose Menendez in Series


Jose Menendez was such a monster that his sons, Lyle and Erik, killed him and his wife, Kitty.

Now Oscar winner Javier Bardem, a legit marquee star, is going to play Jose in Ryan Murphy’s series, “Monsters.” That’s a big get for Murphy, whose shows were starting to fade a bit.

Another hot movie name, Chloe Sevigny, is playing Kitty. “General Hospital” star Nicholas Alexander Chavez, is Lyle, the older brother. Cooper Koch is Erik.

“Monsters” will be on Netflix, but there’s no airdate yet. It’s an anthology series, with one season already banked and ready to go.

The Menendez brothers killed their parents while they were eating ice cream and watching TV. No word if there’s an ice cream sponsor tie-in yet, but it would be ironic if they were slurping Good Humor! (Sorry, had to do it.)

I used this picture because I’ll take any excuse to have Bardem’s SAG nominated wife Penelope Cruz on the page!

Javier, btw, won his Oscar for “No Country for Old Men” playing a seriously scary monster in the Coens’ film.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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