Javier Bardem Wants Treaty Against Movie Pirating
Oscar-winner appeals to UN for actors' rights
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 19, 2011 3:23 PM CDT
Javier Bardem called for a new international treaty to protect actors across the globe at the World Intellectual Property Organization headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, Tuesday, July 19, 2011.   (DOMINIC FAVRE)

(Newser) – In No Country For Old Men, Javier Bardem's character mercilessly collected unpaid debts with a deadly bolt gun. Thankfully, he toned down that approach a bit during his appearance today at the United Nations in Geneva, where he argued against the illegal downloading of movies. Bardem said downloading films for free hurts nine out of 10 actors already struggling to pay the bills, and that an international treaty could help protect actors' rights around the world. The Oscar-award-winning Spanish actor also suggested he'd like to see movie ticket prices drop.