'No country' star calls for global actors rights

By the Associated Press | July 19, 2011 | 1:14 PM EDT

Spanish actor Javier Bardem attends a news conference to discuss the evolution of the film industry in the digital environment and address the challenges of copyright at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, Tuesday, July 19, 2011. Bardem appeared to call for a new international treaty to protect actors' rights across the globe. (AP Photo/Keystone, Dominic Favre) GERMANY OUT AUSTRIA OUT

GENEVA (AP) — In "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 Oscar winner is more understanding.

Little wonder, his wife Penelope Cruz played one in the recent blockbuster "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides."

Still, the Spanish actor says downloading films for free hurts nine out of ten actors already struggling to pay the bills.

Bardem appeared at the United Nations in Geneva on Tuesday to call for a new international treaty to protect actors rights across the globe.

And he wants movie tickets to be cheaper so that even would-be pirates go to see a film at the theater once in a while.