In the 2008-film "No Country for Old Men" Javier Bardem's hitman character mercilessly collected unpaid debts with a deadly bolt gun.
When it comes to movie pirates, the 42-year-old Academy Award winner is more understanding.
"People don't have money and movie tickets are sometimes too high," Bardem told reporters in Geneva on Tuesday. "I understand that."
Still, Bardem says freeloading off others hurts the nine in 10 actors who already struggle to pay the bills with their work.
"What I don't agree with is the mentality of the people, that to do piracy is fine," the Spanish actor said.
Bardem traveled to Geneva to support a new international treaty protecting actors rights across the globe. He was joined by Egyptian actress Esaad Younis, British producer Iain Smith and Indian director Bobby Bedi.
Robert Gates memoirs
Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has a book deal.
The Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group announced Tuesday that Gates had agreed to two books, a memoir and a work on leadership. The memoir, currently untitled, is tentatively scheduled for 2013.
The 67-year-old Gates stepped down July 1 after serving as defense secretary for 4 1/2 years, first under Republican George W. Bush and then under Democrat Barack Obama.
He presided over the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and was involved in such key decisions as the repeal of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy for gays in the military.
Ziggy Marley's way
Ziggy Marley is proudly carrying on his father's musical legacy, but he wants to remind reggae lovers of their differences.
In a new album, the 42-year-old eldest son of Bob Marley reflects on lessons learned from his dad, who died at age 36 after contracting cancer.
On the tune "The Roads Less Traveled," he sings about his father's womanizing ways and inability to shed "yes men" in success: "My daddy had a lot of women, and my mama had a lot of grief. The bredrens (friends) that surrounded him became the enemies."
Marley said in an interview that while he's happy to expand his and his family's brand — whether with a "Marijuana Man" comic book or a Marley's Mellow Mood "relaxation drink" — he's kept his circle of friends small and purposefully avoided accumulating any sort of entourage.
Another year older
Singer Kay Starr, 89... singer Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens), 63... cartoonist Garry Trudeau ("Doonesbury"), 63... comedian-actor Robin Williams, 60... comedian Jon Lovitz, 54... actor Josh Hartnett, 33... reggae singer Damian Marley, 33... keyboardist Johan Carlsson of Carolina Liar, 27