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Bardem Portrays Quadriplegic's Struggle in 'Sea'

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Bardem Portrays Quadriplegic's Struggle in 'Sea'

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Bardem Portrays Quadriplegic's Struggle in 'Sea'

Bardem Portrays Quadriplegic's Struggle in 'Sea'

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In the new film The Sea Inside, Javier Bardem stars as Ramon Sampedro, a Spanish sailor left quadriplegic by an accident and fighting for the right to die. © Fine Line Features hide caption

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In the new film The Sea Inside, Spanish actor Javier Bardem plays Ramon Sampedro, a 55-year-old quadriplegic who fought the Spanish government for 30 years for the right to die. NPR's Renee Montagne talks to Bardem about the mental and physical challenges of the role.