José Sacristán looks back and always recognizes himself. “Each and every one of the films is part of my life, they were there to help me live, to help me nurture the illusion of being an actor. Thanks to that I was building my life and making my own vocation grow ”, recalls the interpreter at an event organized by the Film Academy to celebrate his Goya de Honor. A recognition of an extensive career in film, theater and television that, for now, he does not intend to leave. “Retire? No!’ Before a nun ”, he jokes.
The actor is happy and appreciates each award, he notices the warmth of the public, his colleagues and many institutions, but his goal continues to be to continue working. “There is nothing better when recognition comes so I caught you working. Continuity at work is the greatest measure of success when you practice such a trade in a country like this. If you don’t love this craft, there is no way to survive. It is reckless to live pending whether others will recognize you or not. When someone points to you or touches you, you have to be careful so that you don’t believe it ”, he warns.
Sacristán was part of the group that founded the Film Academy, which promoted the Union of Actors and has recalled how he always had to go to his friend Fernando Fernán Gómez’s house to ask him for 5,000 pesetas for these projects. “Take the 5,000 but don’t melt any more things,” he told her the last time. The actor defends that he continues to work every day with the illusion of a child. “I do not neglect the child that I was, there is no greater seriousness than that of the child when he plays, that is the priority for me, not to lose that shudder.” That passion for decades without stopping to work and his character have made him one of the most beloved artists in Spain.
The Film Academy highlights precisely his career “for being a model of dedication, passion, ethics and professionalism for all young filmmakers, for being the face and voice of Spanish cinema of the last six decades.” And he only thinks about continuing learning every day and enjoying the office. “Poor he who thinks he knows everything. This is lifelong learning. The initiative has never come from me and the phone has always rung, and how not to answer when the text that is offered to me it’s interesting. It must be a pain in the ass to be a wise man, a teacher or a know-it-all. “
Sacristán likes to get on stage or shoot new films – with young directors with whom he loves to open up to other worlds – as he likes to watch them. He has been a passionate movie buff since he was little. “I used to go to the movies with a block and a pencil. The actors and the director knew them to me, but he pointed out the script, music, and direction of the photography… I keep that booklet of the people who made the films. I am lucky to continue to enjoy it very much, both more as a spectator than as an actor. The cinema has given us life. And there are movies on the kneeler, you can’t see ‘Naked Eva’ sitting down, you have to see her on her knees ”, he said.
The actor has recalled his time at the Círculo de Lectores in the 60s, the only months that he lived in a hurry because no work came and his eldest son had been born, and also some anecdotes derived from his political commitment. “I did not go to the filming singing La Internacional, but I have never hidden my way of thinking, I have never liked that of militancy, and the problems I once had were defending my friend Pilar Miró”, he concluded.