This is clearly a stupid post. In Spain, the "fanaticism" over Celebrities is quite big, to the point of Gossiping and so on... Latin/Hispanic culture. He might have been under attack and he just answered with this misunderstood remark. It was obviously, obviously misunderstood.
I lived in Santa Fe (province of Granada) for my entire upbringing; the Spanish can be a little over-possessive, nationalistic and territorial at times. Joaquin Cortes, Penelope Cruz and Banderas have all been excoriated when receiving US awards or paychecks.
In most cases i agree with the Spanish press/public - that they chase nothing but the dollar. Putting yourself in his shoes - would you turn down a Coen Brothers picture?
Forget about the haters, it's not an easy job being an actor--all be it, being a star. People just have issues with those whom have more than they have. I wonder what the same people would say this if they were in that position. Sometimes you have to look at things on boths sides, rather than just using one phase of it. They're are two sides to everything--always.
His quote from the article:
"The Spanish are tough," he said. "They criticise my work and say I sold out. You want to say, ''Stop it - you're a bunch of stupid people. But you are never going to be liked by everybody."
He didn't call Spaniards stupid people.
I was going to complain that I was offended by Bardem limiting the scope of such a keen observation to only the people of Spain, when, in fact, the world is full of stupid people. But I'll have to save that for another day, when such an incident actually occurs.
"After something like the awards, you've changed a little bit, but everyone around you has changed tremendously. You have to bring them back, you have to show that you are the same stupid, limited guy and not this kind of golden boy."
It seems he's not shy about calling himself stupid either.