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How rich is Antonio Banderas?

Antonio Banderas net worth:
$45 Million

Antonio Banderas information

Antonio Banderas information

Birth date: August 10, 1960
Birth place: Málaga, Spain
Height:5 ft 8 in (1.74 m)
Profession:Actor, Voice Actor, Film Producer, Film director, Businessperson, Singer, Dancer, Guitarist
Nationality:Spain
Spouse:Melanie Griffith (m. 1996), Ana Leza (m. 1987–1996)
Children:Stella Banderas

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Jose Antonio Dominguez Banderas was born on 10 August 1960, in Malaga Spain. Antonio is one of the most famous actors, producers and directors, perhaps best known for appearing in such films as “Desperado”, “The Mask of Zorro”, “Assassins”, and “Interview with the Vampire”. During his career, Antonio has been nominated for and has won various awards. Some of them include Golden Globe Award, Primetime Emmy Award, European Film Award, Fangoria Chainsaw Award, Goya Award and others. In addition to his acting career, Banderas is also involved in various business activities. Despite the fact, that he is now 54 years old, he still continues his acting career and works on new projects. Undoubtedly, his fans soon will be able to hear more about his new work.

So how rich is Antonio Banderas? Sources estimate that Antonio’s net worth is $45 million, the main source of his wealth is, of course, his involvement in various successful movies. Antonio gained this money not only for working as an actor, but as a director as well. What is more, Antonio’s entrepreneurial activities also add to his net worth. If Antonio continues acting for a long time, there is a high chance that this sum of money will only become higher.

Antonio Banderas Net Worth $45 Million

When Antonio was just a young boy he did not think of himself as an actor: on the contrary, he dreamt about becoming a football player. These dreams shattered when he was 14 years old and experienced an injury. After some time his interest in acting grew and he became a part of the ARA Theatre-School and the College of Dramatic Art. Soon he started performing in various events and plays and even became a part of the Spanish National Theatre. In 1982 Antonio received n invitation to act in the movie called “Labyrinth of Passion”, directed by Pedro Almodovar. Antonio and Almodovar made a great duo, and Antonio appeared in many of his movies, including “Matador”, “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown” and “Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!”.

In 1991, Antonio appeared in the movie called “Truth or Dare”, which made him popular not only in Spain, but in other parts of the world as well. Soon other directors became aware of Banderas’ talent and began inviting him to play various roles. In 1995 Antonio appeared in the movie “Desperado”, in which he portrayed the main role. During the making of this movie, Antonio had an opportunity to work with such actors as Salma Hayek, Steve Buscemi, Quentin Tarantino, Joaquim de Almeida and others. The success of this movie had a huge impact on the growth of Antonio’s net worth. In 2001 Banderas appeared in the movie entitled “Spy Kids” and its later sequels. Some of his most recent works include, “Take the Lead”, “The Skin I Live In”, “Puss in Boots”, “The Legend of Zorro” among others. All these appearances added to Antonio’s net worth.

As mentioned, Banderas is also known as a director. He has directed two movies already: “Summer Rain” and “Crazy in Alabama”. Hopefully, soon Antonio will appear in new interesting and successful movies.

To talk about Antonio Banderas’ personal life, it can be said that in 1987 Antonio married Ana Leza, but their marriage ended in divorce in 1996, shortly after which Antonio married for the second time, to Melanie Griffith, and the couple has one child. Unfortunately, they divorced in 2015. All in all, Antonio Banderas is a hardworking and talented actor. In order to become famous not only in Spain, but also in other countries, Antonio had to appear in many movies and portray various roles. Now he is one of the most famous Spanish actors and still continues his career. Let’s hope that soon his fans will be able to see him in new movies and that he will also gain acclaim not only as an actor but as director as well.


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Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Stoic2017post-productionFrank Valera
Za granyu2017filming
Security2017completed
Black Butterfly2017/IIcompletedPaul
Salty2017post-productionTurk Henry
Unchained2017/IIfilming
Havana QuartetTV Series pre-productionMario Conde (2016)
La musica del silenziopost-productionMaestro
Life Itselfpre-production
Versacepre-productionGianni Versace
Finding Altamira2016Marcelino
The 332015Mario Sepúlveda
Knight of Cups2015Tonio
The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water2015Burger Beard
Automata2014/IJacq Vaucan
The Expendables 32014Galgo
Machete Kills2013El Camaleón 4
Justin and the Knights of Valour2013Sir Clorex (voice)
I'm So Excited!2013León
Ruby Sparks2012Mort
Puss in Boots: The Three Diablos2012Video shortPuss in Boots (voice)
This American Housewife2012TV SeriesJavier
Haywire2011Rodrigo
Day of the Falcon2011/IIEmir Nesib
Puss in Boots2011Puss in Boots (voice)
La piel que habito2011Robert Ledgard
Donkey's Christmas Shrektacular2010ShortPuss in Boots (voice)
The Big Bang2010Ned Cruz
Scared Shrekless2010TV ShortPuss in Boots (voice)
You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger2010Greg
Shrek Forever After2010Puss in Boots (voice)
Thick as Thieves2009/IGabriel
The Other Man2008Rafe
My Mom's New Boyfriend2008Tommy Lucero Martinez
Shrek the Halls2007TV ShortPuss in Boots (voice)
Shrek the Third2007Puss in Boots (voice)
Bordertown2006Alfonso Diaz
Take the Lead2006Pierre Dulaine
Take the Lead: Making-of Documentary2006Video shortPierre Dulaine
The Legend of Zorro2005Don Alejandro de la Vega Zorro
Far Far Away Idol2004Video shortPuss In Boots (voice)
Shrek 22004Puss In Boots (voice)
Imagining Argentina2003Carlos Rueda
And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself2003TV MoviePancho Villa
Once Upon a Time in Mexico2003El Mariachi
Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over2003Gregorio Cortez
Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever2002Jeremiah Ecks
Frida2002David Alfaro Siqueiros
Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams2002Gregorio Cortez
Femme Fatale2002Nicolas Bardo
Original Sin2001Luis Antonio Vargas
Spy Kids2001Gregorio Cortez
The Body2001Father Matt Gutierrez
Play It to the Bone1999Cesar Dominguez
The White River Kid1999Morales Pittman
The 13th Warrior1999Ahmed Ibn Fahdlan
The Mask of Zorro1998Alejandro Murrieta Zorro
Evita1996Ché
Two Much1996Art
Never Talk to Strangers1995Tony Ramirez
Assassins1995Miguel Bain
Four Rooms1995Man (segment "The Misbehavers")
Desperado1995El Mariachi
Miami Rhapsody1995Antonio
Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles1994Armand
Of Love and Shadows1994Francisco
Philadelphia1993Miguel Alvarez
The House of the Spirits1993Pedro
Outrage1993Marcos
Il giovane Mussolini1993TV Mini-SeriesBenito Mussolini
Cuentos de Borges1993TV SeriesRosendo Juárez
Una mujer bajo la lluvia1992Miguel
The Mambo Kings1992Nestor Castillo
Burbujas de Navidad1992ShortAntonio Banderas
Terra Nova1991Antonio
Contra el viento1990Juan
La mujer de tu vida1990TV SeriesAntonio López
El acto1989Carlos
Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!1989Ricky
La blanca paloma1989Mario
Si te dicen que caí.1989Marcos
Going Down in Morocco1989Alberto
Baton Rouge1988Antonio
El placer de matar1988Luis
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown1988Carlos
Así como habían sido1987Damián
La ley del deseo1987Antonio Benítez
Delirios de amor1986Amante de Jaime (segment "Delirio 3")
27 horas1986Rafa
Puzzle1986Andrés
Matador1986Ángel
Caso cerrado1985Gasofa
La corte de Faraón1985Fray José
Réquiem por un campesino español1985Paco
Los zancos1984Alberto
Fragmentos de interior1984TV Mini-SeriesJoaquín
El señor Galíndez1984Eduardo
El caso Almería1984Juan Luque
Y del seguro... líbranos Señor!1983Pipi
Pestañas postizas1982Juan
Labyrinth of Passion1982Sadec

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Los Goya 29 edición2015TV Movie performer: "Beautiful Maria of My Soul", "Canción del Mariachi Morena de mi corazón"
Shrek Forever After2010performer: "One Love"
Premio Donostia a Antonio Banderas2008TV Special performer: "Yo soy el casto José", "Canción del Mariachi Morena de mi corazón", "Oh, What A Circus"
Ceremonia de inauguración - 56º Festival internacional de cine de San Sebastián2008TV Movie performer: "Morena de mi corazón"
De par en par2007TV Series performer - 1 episode
Hormigas blancas2007TV Series performer - 1 episode
Shrek the Third2007performer: "Thank You Falettin Me Be Mice Elf Again"
El camino de Antonio Banderas2006TV Movie documentary performer: "Guido's Song"
Saturday Night Live2006TV Series performer - 1 episode
El loco de la colina2006TV Series performer - 1 episode
The 77th Annual Academy Awards2005TV Special performer: "Al otro lado del río"
Far Far Away Idol2004Video short performer: "These Boots Were Made For Walkin'"
Shrek 22004performer: "Livin' La Vida Loca" 1999
Once Upon a Time in Mexico2003performer: "Y Me Dejastes Tirado En La Calle" / writer: "Y Me Dejastes Tirado En La Calle"
The 57th Annual Tony Awards2003TV Special performer: "Guido's Song"
Great Performances1998TV Series performer - 1 episode
Evita1996performer: "Oh, What a Circus", "Eva and Magaldi", "Eva Beware of the City", "Another Suitcase in Another Hall", "Goodnight and Thank You", "The Lady's Got Potential", "The Art of the Possibles", "Peron's Latest Flame", "High Flying, Adored", "Rainbow Tour", "The Actress Hasn't Learned the Lines You'd Like to Hear", "And the Money Kept Rolling In And Out", "Partido Feminista", "Santa Evita", "Waltz for Eva and Che", "Latin Chant", "Lament" - uncredited
Desperado1995performer: "Canción Del Mariachi Morena De Mi Corazón"
The Mambo Kings1992performer: "Beautiful Maria Of My Soul"
Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!1989performer: "Resistiré"
La corte de Faraón1985performer: "La capa de José", "Trío", "Garrotín", "Yo soy el casto José"

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Akilexecutive producer announced
Havana QuartetTV Series executive producer pre-production
Automata2014/Iproducer
Justin and the Knights of Valour2013producer
This American Housewife2012TV Series executive producer - 1 episode
The Lady and the Reaper (La dama y la muerte)2009Short producer
El lince perdido2008producer
Tres días2008producer
El camino de los ingleses2006producer
The White River Kid1999producer

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Akilannounced
El camino de los ingleses2006
Crazy in Alabama1999

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Akilannounced

Assistant Director

Assistant Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Desperado1995director: bathroom scene - uncredited

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
La gran il·lusió amb el Mago Pop2016TV Movie thanks
Ochéntame... otra vez2015TV Series documentary thanks - 1 episode
Tres días2008thanks
SWY20: Quijote Awards2008Video documentary dedicatee
Femme Fatale: Dream Within a Dream2003Video documentary short special thanks
Unmasking Zorro2001Video documentary special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Viva el espectáculo1990TV SeriesHimself - Guest
La parada1990TV SeriesHimself - Guest
III premios Goya1989TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Cinematography
La tarde1984-1987TV SeriesHimself - Host / Himself - Guest
De película1987TV SeriesHimself
I premios Goya1987TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Supporting Actor
La gran il·lusió amb el Mago Pop2016TV MovieHimself
Algo pasa con Ana2016TV SeriesHimself
Evening Urgant2013-2016TV SeriesHimself
Ramez Plays with Fire2016TV SeriesHimself
Días de cine1993-2016TV SeriesHimself
El hormiguero2011-2016TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
Corazón de...2004-2016TV SeriesHimself
The 24th Annual Movieguide Awards2016TV SpecialHimself
Film '722005-2016TV SeriesHimself - Interviewee / Himself
Cinema 31986-2015TV SeriesHimself
Tria332015TV SeriesHimself
Made in Hollywood2011-2015TV SeriesHimself
The Talk2015TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Conan2012-2015TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Today2005-2015TV SeriesHimself
Weekend Ticket2015TV Series shortHimself
Live with Kelly and Michael2005-2015TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert2015TV SeriesHimself
Hormivuela como puedas2015TV MovieHimself
Alan Carr: Chatty Man2015TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Loose Women2015TV SeriesHimself
Los Goya 29 edición2015TV MovieHimself - Winner: Honorary Award
The View2002-2015TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
Extra2015TV SeriesHimself
Los desayunos de TVE2010-2015TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
Ochéntame... otra vez2015TV Series documentaryHimself
La noche de Mirtha2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Expendables 3: New Blood - Stacked and Jacked2014Video documentary shortHimself
The Expendables 3: The Total Action Package2014Video shortHimself
The Making of 'The Expendables 3'2014Video documentaryHimself
Alguna pregunta més?2014TV SeriesHimself
Vespre a la 22014TV SeriesHimself
Le grand journal de Canal+2011-2014TV Series documentaryHimself - Guest / Himself
CNN frente a frente: Antonio Banderas/Ana Pastor2013TV MovieHimself
La Sexta noche2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Only in America with Larry the Cable Guy2013TV Series documentaryHimself
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards 20122012TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Favorite Voice from an Animated Movie
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2011-2012TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The 84th Annual Academy Awards2012TV SpecialHimself - Audience Member
Gente2012TV SeriesHimself
Los Goya 26 edición2012TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Lead Actor
ES.TV HD2012TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards2012TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best TV Series - Comedy or Musical
10th Annual Visual Effects Society Awards2012TV SpecialHimself
Shrek: Once Upon a Time2011TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Graham Norton Show2011TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Janela Indiscreta2011TV SeriesHimself
Champs-Elysées2011TV SeriesHimself
American Masters2011TV Series documentaryHimself
AM - Antes del mediodía2011TV SeriesHimself
Rencontres de cinéma2011TV SeriesHimself
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show2004-2011TV SeriesHimself
A la recherche des Mangeurs de Morts2011Video documentaryHimself
Sidewalks Entertainment2011TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Tavis Smiley2011TV SeriesHimself - Guest
59 Festival de Cine de San Sebastián - Gala de clausura2011TV MovieHimself - Presenter: Audience Award
2011 ALMA Awards2011TV SpecialHimself
Versión española2006-2011TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Ànima2011TV SeriesHimself
Miradas 22005-2011TV Series documentaryHimself
Una historia de Zinemaldia2011TV Series documentaryHimself
Close Up2011TV SeriesHimself - Interviewee
Fruto prohibido2011TV SeriesHimself
Informe semanal2003-2011TV Series documentaryHimself
TV Festival Du Cannes 20112011TV MovieHimself
Shrek Forever After: The Animators Corner2010Video documentary shortHimself
The 64th Annual Tony Awards2010TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Direction of a Play & Best Direction of a Musical
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2010TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Entertainment Tonight2006-2010TV SeriesHimself
American Idol2007-2010TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Caiga quien caiga1997-2010TV SeriesHimself
24th Annual Genesis Awards2010TV SpecialHimself
La noche de los Oscar2010TV MovieHimself
The 82nd Annual Academy Awards2010TV SpecialHimself - Audience Member (uncredited)
Spanish Hollywood2010DocumentaryHimself
De par en par2007-2009TV SeriesHimself
Na plovárne2009TV SeriesHimself
2009 Alma Awards2009TV SpecialHimself
The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien2009TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Code: Behind the Scenes2009Video shortHimself
The Code: Cast Interviews2009Video shortHimself
Buenafuente2006-2008TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Y el cine marcha. Una historia del cine al servicio de los Derechos Humanos2008Documentary voice
The Second Abu Dhabi Film Festival Awards2008TV SpecialHimself
59 segundos2008TV SeriesHimself
Resumen - 56º Festival internacional de cine de San Sebastián2008TV MovieHimself
En noches como ésta2008TV SeriesHimself
Premio Donostia a Antonio Banderas2008TV SpecialHimself - Honoree
Ceremonia de inauguración - 56º Festival internacional de cine de San Sebastián2008TV MovieHimself
Chevolution2008DocumentaryHimself
Esta mañana2008TV SeriesHimself
Erika Rabau: Puck of Berlin2008DocumentaryHimself
Almorzando con Mirtha Legrand2007TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Pateras2007TV Movie documentaryHimself
Channel nº 42006-2007TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Cámara negra. Teatro Victoria Eugenia2007TV Short documentaryHimself
Planet Voice2007TV SeriesHimself
Shrek the Third: UK Premiere Special2007TV Movie documentaryHimself
RTL Film2007TV SeriesHimself
TRL Italy2007TV SeriesHimself
Novum Nieuws Entertainment2007TV SeriesHimself
Eigo de shabera-night2004-2007TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Interviewee
Al rojo vivo con María Celeste2007TV SeriesHimself
Up Close with Carrie Keagan2007TV SeriesHimself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien2001-2007TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
HBO First Look1995-2007TV Series documentaryHimself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1995-2007TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Sabías a lo que venías2007TV SeriesHimself
Confessions of a Superhero2007DocumentaryHimself
La nit al dia2007TV SeriesHimself
Cómo conseguir un papel en Hollywood2007TV Movie documentaryHimself
La noche de Quintero2007TV SeriesHimself - Guest
El disco del año 062006TV MovieHimself
Corazón, corazón1994-2006TV SeriesHimself
D-Calle2006TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Gala Amnistía Internacional2006TV MovieHimself
Sexto sentido2006TV SeriesHimself
Taller Canal+2006TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Continuarà...1997-2006TV SeriesHimself
Cartelera2006TV SeriesHimself
Soy el que más sabe de televisión del mundo2006TV SeriesHimself
El camino de Antonio Banderas2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
La mirada crítica2006TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Hécuba, un sueño de pasión2006DocumentaryHimself
Dancing with the Stars2006TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Saturday Night Live2006TV SeriesHimself - Host / Vincente Fox
Late Show with David Letterman1998-2006TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
Andalucía te quiere2006TV MovieHimself
El loco de la colina2006TV SeriesHimself
The Legend of Zorro: Armand's Party2006Video documentary shortHimself
The Stunts of 'The Legend of Zorro'2006Video documentary shortHimself
Noche Hache2005-2006TV SeriesHimself - Guest
XX premios Goya2006TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Film
Getaway2005TV SeriesHimself
El cine en las venas2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
Behind the Mask of Zorro2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
El Magacine2005TV SeriesHimself
Richard & Judy2005TV SeriesHimself - Guest
On ne peut pas plaire à tout le monde2005TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Por la mañana2005TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Parkinson2005TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Wetten, dass..?2005TV SeriesHimself
La noche del 102005TV SeriesHimself
Cada día2005TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Champion2005DocumentaryHimself
The Oprah Winfrey Show2004-2005TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The 77th Annual Academy Awards2005TV SpecialHimself - Performer: 'Al Otro Lado Del Río'
Biography2004TV Series documentaryHimself
Meet the Cast of Shrek 22004Video documentary shortHimself
The Music of Shrek 22004Video documentary shortHimself
The 56th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards2004TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
The Teen Choice Awards 20042004TV SpecialHimself
Ahora2004TV SeriesHimself
Mondo Thingo2004TV SeriesHimself
This Morning2004TV SeriesHimself
Rove Live2004TV SeriesHimself
Enough Rope with Andrew Denton2004TV SeriesHimself
Otro rollo con: Adal Ramones2004TV SeriesHimself
VH1 Goes Inside2004TV Series documentaryHimself
La noche con Fuentes y Cía2004TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Lo + plus1995-2004TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The 61st Annual Golden Globe Awards2004TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television & Presenter
The Anti-Hero's Journey2004Video documentary shortHimself - 'El Mariachi'
People Like Us: Making 'Philadelphia'2003Video documentaryHimself
Tinseltown TV2003TV SeriesHimself
Banzai2003TV SeriesHimself
The 57th Annual Tony Awards2003TV SpecialHimself - Performer & Nominee: Best Leading Actor in a Musical
Charlie Rose1999-2003TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Femme Fatale: Dream Within a Dream2003Video documentary shortHimself - 'Nicolas Bardo'
Femme Fatale: From Dream to Reality2003Video shortHimself
The Making of 'Femme Fatale'2003Video shortHimself
Famous2003TV SeriesHimself
Revealed with Jules Asner2002TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Daily Show2002TV SeriesHimself
2002 ALMA Awards2002TV SpecialHimself
Searching for Debra Winger2002DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
Estudio de actores2002TV SeriesHimself
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards '022002TV Special documentaryHimself
The 74th Annual Academy Awards2002TV SpecialHimself (taped)
All About Desire: The Passionate Cinema of Pedro Almodovar2001TV Movie documentaryHimself
La Marató 20012001TV MovieHimself
San Remo 20012001TV MovieHimself
I Love Lucy's 50th Anniversary Special2001TV Movie documentaryHimself
Unmasking Zorro2001Video documentaryHimself
Inside the Actors Studio2001TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Mundo VIP1997-2001TV SeriesHimself
Interview With the Vampire: In the Shadow of the Vampire2001Video documentary shortHimself / Armand
The Rosie O'Donnell Show1998-2001TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Bravo Profiles2001TV Series documentaryHimself
2000 ALMA Awards2000TV SpecialHimself
2000 Hispanic Heritage Awards2000TV Special
The Many Faces of Zorro2000Video documentaryHimself
La gran ilusión2000TV SeriesHimself - Guest
My VH1 Music Awards2000TV Special documentaryHimself - Presenter
The Howard Stern Radio Show2000TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The 1st Annual Latin Grammy Awards2000TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
Oscar 20002000TV MovieHimself
The 72nd Annual Academy Awards2000TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Foreign Language Film
Tonight2000TV SeriesHimself - Interviewee
The 57th Annual Golden Globe Awards2000TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
1999 ALMA Awards1999TV SpecialHimself
The 1999 European Film Awards1999TV SpecialHimself
Clive Anderson All Talk1999TV SeriesHimself
Hollywood Squares1999TV SeriesHimself
La noche abierta1999TV SeriesHimself - Guest
El informal1999TV SeriesHimself
The 1999 Annual Golden Laurel Awards1999TV SpecialHimself
The 56th Annual Golden Globe Awards1999TV Movie documentaryHimself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy / Musical
Ten More Minutes: Anatomy of a Shootout1998Video documentary shortHimself (uncredited)
Junket Whore1998DocumentaryHimself
Bravo Profiles: The Entertainment Business1998TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Vivement dimanche1998TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Ôsama no buranchi1998TV SeriesHimself
Premio Donostia a Anthony Hopkins1998TV SpecialHimself
Día a día1998TV SeriesHimself - Guest
¡Qué me dices!1998TV SeriesHimself
Great Performances1998TV SeriesHimself - Performer
The 70th Annual Academy Awards1998TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Original Dramatic Score
The 55th Annual Golden Globe Awards1998TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy / Musical
Magacine1997TV SeriesHimself
The Directors1997TV Series documentaryHimself
Wild On...1997TV SeriesHimself
Hoy es posible1997TV SeriesHimself
The 54th Annual Golden Globe Awards1997TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy / Musical
Friderikusz Sándor és vendégei1996VideoHimself
Telemaratón 19961996TV MovieHimself
Jet 71996TV SeriesHimself (1996)
A New Madonna: The Making of 'Evita'1996TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 53rd Annual Golden Globe Awards1996TV SpecialHimself - Audience Member
X premios Goya1996TV SpecialHimself (taped)
Telemaratón1995TV MovieHimself
La Lloll1995TV SeriesHimself
Primer plano1994-1995TV SeriesHimself
La vida según...1995TV SeriesHimself - Guest
CBS This Morning1995TV SeriesHimself
Un paseo por el tiempo1995TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Oscar 19941994TV MovieHimself
The 66th Annual Academy Awards1994TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Song 'Streets of Philadelphia'
Gente de primera1994TV SeriesHimself
Besser als mein Haus je war1993TV Short documentaryHimself
De tú a tú1991-1993TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Queridos cómicos1992TV Series documentaryHimself
The 64th Annual Academy Awards1992TV SpecialHimself - Co-Presenter: Best Sound Effects Editing
Madonna: Truth or Dare1991DocumentaryHimself (as Antonio Bandares)
El martes que viene1990TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Tu cara me suena - Argentina2014-2015TV SeriesHimself
Autopsy: The Last Hours Of2015TV SeriesHimself
Entertainment Tonight2015TV SeriesHimself
Cinema 32014TV SeriesHimself
Movie Guide2013TV SeriesGregorio Cortez
Face to Face with 'Weird Al' Yankovic2012TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Graham Norton Show2011TV SeriesHimself
No me la puc treure del cap2011TV SeriesHimself
5 Second Movies2011TV SeriesPuss in Boots
That Fellow in the Coat2010TV SeriesPuss in Boots
20 to 12007-2010TV Series documentaryPuss in Boots / Alejandro Murrieta
A polos 252010TV SeriesHimself
Quelli che... il calcio2009TV SeriesHimself
50 años de2009TV SeriesHimself
Aliens in the Attic2009Zorro (uncredited)
Banda sonora2008-2009TV SeriesAntonio Benítez / Alberto
Los mejores momentos de 'Sé lo que hicisteis'2009VideoHimself
53 premis Sant Jordi de cinematografia2009TV SpecialHimself / Antonio Benítez / Ricky
Memòries de la tele2007-2009TV SeriesHimself
Buscando a Penélope2009TV Movie documentaryHimself
Oscar, que empiece el espectáculo2008TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
La rentadora2007TV SeriesHimself
Hormigas blancas2007TV SeriesHimself
Casting: El camino del éxito2007TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Rafael Azcona, oficio de guionista2007TV MovieFray José
Carmen Maura, por sí misma2007TV MovieHimself Antonio Benítez Carlos
Sexo en el plató2007TV Movie documentaryAntonio Benítez / Ricky
Protagonistas del recuerdo2007TV SeriesFray José
La tele de tu vida2007TV SeriesHimself / Antonio
La imagen de tu vida2006TV SeriesHimself
Los más2006TV SeriesHimself
El loco de la colina2006TV SeriesHimself
¿De qué te ríes?2006TV MovieArt Dodge
El Almodóvar que nadie conoce2006TV MovieHimself / Ricky (uncredited)
50 y más2005TV MovieHimself
El Magacine2005TV SeriesHimself
Cinema mil2005TV SeriesHimself
Pablo G. del Amo, un montador de ilusiones2005Miguel
Premio Donostia a Willem Dafoe2005TV SpecialHimself
Corazón, corazón2005TV SeriesZorro
49º premis Sant Jordi de cinematografía2005TV SpecialAlberto
... A Father... A Son... Once Upon a Time in Hollywood2005TV Movie documentaryAlejandro Murrieta Zorro
Unsere Besten2004TV Series
Pa'lante con Cristina2004TV SeriesHimself
Die Geschichte des erotischen Films2004TV Movie documentary
Femme Fatale: Dressed to Kill Montage2003Video shortNicolas Bardo
The Bronze Screen: 100 Years of the Latino Image in American Cinema2002DocumentaryHimself
Biography1996TV Series documentaryHimself
Un sueño de cine. Homenaje a Ana Belén1995TV Movie documentaryFray José (uncredited)
The Celluloid Closet1995DocumentaryMiguel Álvarez (uncredited)

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016Imagen AwardImagen Foundation AwardsBest Actor - Feature FilmThe 33 (2015)
2015Honorary GoyaGoya Awards
2015Honorary AwardThe Platino Awards for Iberoamerican Cinema
2014Honorary Grand PrizeSitges - Catalonian International Film Festival
2012BTVA People's Choice Voice Acting AwardBehind the Voice Actors AwardsBest Male Vocal Performance in a Feature FilmPuss in Boots (2011)
2012Chainsaw AwardFangoria Chainsaw AwardsBest ActorLa piel que habito (2011)
2012Audience AwardSESC Film Festival, BrazilBest Foreign Actor (Melhor Ator Estrangeiro)La piel que habito (2011)
2011ALMA AwardALMA AwardsFavorite Movie ActorYou Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (2010)
2009Festival President's AwardKarlovy Vary International Film Festival
2008Donostia Lifetime Achievement AwardSan Sebastián International Film Festival
2007Label Europa CinemasBerlin International Film FestivalEl camino de los ingleses (2006)
2006GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Spoken Word Album for Children· Sheryl Crow (performed by)
· David Hyde Pierce (performed by)
· Uncle Kracker (performed by)
· James Earl Jones (performed by)
· Jimmy Buffett (performed by)
· Billy Crystal (performed by)
· Steve Whitmire (performed by, as Kermit the Frog and Ernie)
· Wayne Brady (performed by)
· Rosie Perez (performed by)
· Sarah Jessica Parker (performed by)
· Hilary Duff (performed by)
· Robin Williams (performed by)
· Michael Bacon (performed by, as The Bacon Brothers)
· Kevin Bacon (performed by, as The Bacon Brothers)
· Jennifer Aniston (performed by)
· Faith Hill (performed by)
· Eric Jacobson (performed by,
2006Imagen AwardImagen Foundation AwardsBest ActorTake the Lead (2006)
2005Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameMotion PictureOn 18 October 2005. At 6801 Hollywood Blvd.
2004Vanguard AwardGLAAD Media Awards
2004Imagen AwardImagen Foundation AwardsBest Actor in a Television DramaAnd Starring Pancho Villa as Himself (2003)
2004Imagen AwardImagen Foundation AwardsBest Actor in a FilmOnce Upon a Time in Mexico (2003)
2004Vision AwardNAMIC Vision AwardsBest Dramatic PerformanceAnd Starring Pancho Villa as Himself (2003)
2004Taormina Arte AwardTaormina International Film Festival
2002Anthony Quinn Award for Achievement in Motion PicturesALMA Awards
2000ALMA AwardALMA AwardsOutstanding Actor in a Feature FilmThe 13th Warrior (1999)
2000ALMA AwardALMA AwardsOutstanding Director of a Feature FilmCrazy in Alabama (1999)
1999ALMA AwardALMA AwardsOutstanding Actor in a Feature FilmThe Mask of Zorro (1998)
1999Outstanding European Achievement in World CinemaEuropean Film AwardsCrazy in Alabama (1999)
1999Lasting Image AwardImagen Foundation AwardsThe Mask of Zorro (1998)
1998Audience AwardEuropean Film AwardsBest European ActorThe Mask of Zorro (1998)
1996Yoga AwardYoga AwardsWorst Spanish Dubbing
1995Golden AppleGolden Apple AwardsMale Discovery of the Year
1991Golden India CatalinaCartagena Film FestivalBest Actor (Mejor Actor)Átame! (1989)
1991Fotogramas de PlataFotogramas de PlataBest Movie Actor (Mejor Actor de Cine)Átame! (1989)
1991Premio ACEPremios ACECinema - Best ActorÁtame! (1989)
1989Fotogramas de PlataFotogramas de PlataBest Movie Actor (Mejor Actor de Cine)Así como habían sido (1987)
1989Best ActorValladolid International Film FestivalLa blanca paloma (1989)
1988Sant JordiSant Jordi AwardsBest Spanish Actor (Mejor Actor Español)La ley del deseo (1987)
1986Fotogramas de PlataFotogramas de PlataBest Movie Actor (Mejor Actor de Cine)Caso cerrado (1985)
1986Francisco Rabal AwardMurcia Week of Spanish CinemaBest ActorLa corte de Faraón (1985)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2014GoyaGoya AwardsBest Animation Film (Mejor Película de Animación)Justin and the Knights of Valour (2013)· Marcelino Almansa
· Kerry Fulton
2012Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest ActorLa piel que habito (2011)
2012BTVA Feature Film Voice Acting AwardBehind the Voice Actors AwardsBest Male Vocal Performance in a Feature FilmPuss in Boots (2011)
2012BTVA Feature Film Voice Acting AwardBehind the Voice Actors AwardsBest Vocal Ensemble in a Feature FilmPuss in Boots (2011)· Salma Hayek
· Zach Galifianakis
· Billy Bob Thornton
· Amy Sedaris
· Bob Joles
· Conrad Vernon
· Tom McGrath
· Chris Miller
· Latifa Ouaou
2012Fotogramas de PlataFotogramas de PlataBest Movie Actor (Mejor Actor de Cine)La piel que habito (2011)
2012GoyaGoya AwardsBest Lead Actor (Mejor Actor Principal)La piel que habito (2011)
2012Blimp AwardKids' Choice Awards, USAFavorite Voice from an Animated MoviePuss in Boots (2011)
2012Award of the Spanish Actors UnionSpanish Actors UnionFilm: Lead Performance, Male (Protagonista Cine - Categoría Masculina)La piel que habito (2011)
2012VES AwardVisual Effects Society AwardsOutstanding Animated Character in an Animated Feature Motion PicturePuss in Boots (2011)· Ludovic Bouancheau
· Laurent Caneiro
· Olivier Staphylas
2006Imagen AwardImagen Foundation AwardsBest ActorThe Legend of Zorro (2005)
2005AnnieAnnie AwardsVoice Acting in an Animated Feature ProductionShrek 2 (2004)
2005MTV Movie AwardMTV Movie AwardsBest Comedic PerformanceShrek 2 (2004)
2005OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Voice-Over PerformanceShrek 2 (2004)
2005VES AwardVisual Effects Society AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Animated Character in an Animated Motion PictureShrek 2 (2004)· Raman Hui
2004Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for TelevisionAnd Starring Pancho Villa as Himself (2003)
2004Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a MovieAnd Starring Pancho Villa as Himself (2003)
2004Gold Derby TV AwardGold Derby AwardsTV Movie/Mini Lead ActorAnd Starring Pancho Villa as Himself (2003)
2002ALMA AwardALMA AwardsOutstanding Actor in a Motion PictureSpy Kids (2001)
2002Blimp AwardKids' Choice Awards, USAFavorite Male Action HeroSpy Kids (2001)
1999Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or MusicalThe Mask of Zorro (1998)
1999Blockbuster Entertainment AwardBlockbuster Entertainment AwardsFavorite Actor - Action/AdventureThe Mask of Zorro (1998)
1999MTV Movie AwardMTV Movie AwardsBest FightThe Mask of Zorro (1998)· Catherine Zeta-Jones
1999Golden LionVenice Film FestivalCrazy in Alabama (1999)
1998Outstanding European Achievement in World CinemaEuropean Film AwardsThe Mask of Zorro (1998)
1997Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or MusicalEvita (1996)
1997GoyaGoya AwardsBest Lead Actor (Mejor Actor Protagonista)Two Much (1996)
1997OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Comedy/Musical ActorEvita (1996)
1996Fotogramas de PlataFotogramas de PlataBest Movie Actor (Mejor Actor de Cine)Two Much (1996)
1996MTV Movie AwardMTV Movie AwardsMost Desirable Male
1996MTV Movie AwardMTV Movie AwardsBest KissDesperado (1995)· Salma Hayek
1996NCLR Bravo AwardNCLR Bravo AwardsOutstanding Actor in a Feature FilmOf Love and Shadows (1994)
1994Fotogramas de PlataFotogramas de PlataBest Movie Actor (Mejor Actor de Cine)¡Dispara! (1993)
1993Fotogramas de PlataFotogramas de PlataBest Movie Actor (Mejor Actor de Cine)Una mujer bajo la lluvia (1992)
1993Award of the Spanish Actors UnionSpanish Actors UnionFilm: Lead Performance (Protagonista Cine)The Mambo Kings (1992)
1991Fotogramas de PlataFotogramas de PlataBest TV Actor (Mejor Actor de TV)La mujer de tu vida (1990)
1991GoyaGoya AwardsBest Lead Actor (Mejor Actor Principal)Átame! (1989)
1990Fotogramas de PlataFotogramas de PlataBest Movie Actor (Mejor Actor de Cine)Bajarse al moro (1989)
1988Fotogramas de PlataFotogramas de PlataBest Movie Actor (Mejor Actor de Cine)La ley del deseo (1987)
1987GoyaGoya AwardsBest Supporting Actor (Mejor Actor de Reparto)Matador (1986)

TitleSalary
The Body (2001)$12,000,000
Evita (1996)$4,000,000

#Fact
1Attended a Friends of the Israel Defense Forces gala in Beverly Hills, California, which raised more than $31 million. [November 2015]
2He listed his two favorite movies as Orson Welles' The Magnificent Ambersons (1942) and Touch of Evil (1958).
3He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6801 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on October 18, 2005.
4Has also provided the Spanish voice-over for Puss in Boots since his first appearance in the sequel Shrek 2 (2004).
5Has appeared with Salma Hayek in five films: Desperado (1995), Four Rooms (1995), Frida (2002) Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over (2003) and Puss in Boots (2011).
6Contrary to false claims, he is not the first Spanish actor to portray Zorro. Spanish actor José Suárez portrayed Zorro several decades earlier in the film Lawless Mountain (1953), who is followed by another Spanish actor Carlos Quiney in the films Zorro's Latest Adventure (1969), Zorro the Invincible (1971), and Zorro, Rider of Vengeance (1971). Banderas is also not the first Latino to play Zorro; other Latinos have preceded him such as Rafael Bertrand (1964), Rodolfo de Anda (1976), and Henry Darrow (1980s).
7Lives in Los Angeles, California, Aspen, Colorado and Marbella, Spain.
8Ex-brother-in-law of actress Tracy Griffith and production designer Clay A. Griffith.
9Became a huge fan of his wife, Melanie Griffith, long before he met her. He had first seen her in the film Something Wild (1986) and thought she was beautiful and later told a Spanish magazine in 1989 that he would love to meet her. In 1995, when she first arrived on the set of Two Much (1996), he sprinted out of his trailer like a starstruck schoolboy to introduce himself. Nervously, he asked her how old she was. She cursed, laughed, and finally answered she was 37. They soon became a couple and stayed together for 19 years.
10Formed his own touring theater group in Spain where he met director Pedro Almodóvar.
11Received an honorary doctorate from the University of Malaga in Malaga, Spain. [May 2010]
12Received an honorary doctorate from Dickinson College in Carlisie, Pennsylvania. [May 2000]
13Despite being raised Catholic, Banderas described himself as an agnostic in a People magazine interview but added that whatever spiritual beliefs his kids may or may not have is fine with him.
14Had to learn English phonetically and completely from scratch when he arrived in the United States to make a risky attempt in Hollywood.
15Was nominated for Broadway's 2003 Tony Award for Best Actor (Musical) for a revival of the musical "Nine".
16Has his own perfume/cologne brand for men - "Blue Seduction Woman".
17Is a supporter of the Málaga soccer team.
18In Spanish, his surname means "flags".
19Ex-son-in-law of Tippi Hedren and Peter Griffith. Ex-son-in-law of Concha Leza.
20Married Ana Leza at the Church of San Nicolas in Madrid. Among those who attended were Carmen Maura and Pedro Almodóvar.
21Became a father for the first time at age 36 when his second wife Melanie Griffith gave birth to their daughter Stella del Carmen Banderas Griffith (aka Stella Banderas) on September 24, 1996.
22Chosen by People (USA) magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World (1996).
23Has one younger brother: Francisco Banderas.
24Ex-stepfather of Alexander Bauer and Dakota Johnson.
25Attended and graduated from the School of Dramatic Art in Málaga, Spain.
26Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#24) (1995).

#Quote
1Taylor Swift was singing on the stage and I was sitting down at one table, having dinner. And I had to go on stage to do a little speech, so she came down the stairs and saw me and said "Oh Antonio Banderas" and I thought "Wow, Taylor Swift knows me. That's so cool." Then she looks as me and she says, "My grandmother loves your movies" and I said: "Great, thank you, it was a pleasure meeting you too." And I almost got tears in my eyes.
2[2015, on his ex-wife Melanie Griffith] I want - and I think she does too - to maintain a relationship because we have spent many years together... I would like to maintain a relationship and it is happening, I speak with her every other day.
3[on working with Pedro Almodóvar] The feelings I had in the '80s, and had again, is that he's pushing you to the limits: that you are on the verge of a cliff. You are in a situation of vertigo. I don't think Pedro works for the masses.
4Why do people accept so easily the fact that you can take the life of somebody on the screen and nobody is going to complain about it, and they cannot take that you will kiss somebody of your own sex on the mouth?
5I feel content. I am 51 years old and I see a lot of work, a lot of people, a lot of faces, a lot of souls. And I feel like I am in the middle of the game. The match is not over and I may score some goals.
6[1993, on The Mambo Kings (1992) and learning English] When I had my first interview in London with [director] Arne Glimcher, I only knew three, four lines of English to be used at the right moment. The most important was, "I can do that". I was the last one to be cast, so I read with Kevin Kline and Annabella Sciorra, who were going to play my brother and my wife. So Arnold put me in a Berlitz school in New York for a month to learn English with a bunch of business executives from Japan and France. I saw people crying there, like me, because I thought, "I am so stupid, I will never learn this language." One month later, the actors I would read with were both gone; now, it was Armand Assante and Maruschka Detmers and it was different. And then I had to speak with all these big executives at Warner Bros., Terry Semel and all, and I even forgot Spanish. I would use a word like "bottle", and be thinking, "What a strange word". Still, it was one of the most beautiful experiences of my life.
7[1993] The big difference between a star and an actor is someone who knows the technique, who knows how to learn from everything that happens to him. A star is acting himself all the time. You have to have the energy for that and a nice character. I don't know if I'm that brilliant the whole day. I have my own shit with me all the time and I don't want to lose that. I can't all the time be making this beautiful smile, faking that I'm someone else, because that's insane.
8[1995, in Movieline magazine] I am not that brilliant. You see, I'm not a star because I am not someone who is playing myself in front of the world. I am not criticizing being a movie star, but I think that to be a star requires you to be brilliant 24 hours a day. That is something that is not in me.
9When you see paintings by [Pablo Picasso], whom I love, some of them make people unbelievably uncomfortable. In the museums in Barcelona, you have all of these people filled with morality, lovers of art, confronted with a Picasso of a woman sucking a man's enormous dick, you know? And there's another painting of a man sucking a woman's pussy. It's Picasso and people have to accept it because this is life, it happens, and Picasso reflects that in these paintings. Real artists have the responsibility to break rules.
10[1995, on coming to the United States] When I first came here, it was like I was starting all over again. I had been doing leading characters in my country for five years. There is no tradition of actors from Spain coming to this country. I had done dozens of movies in Spain where, to survive, you have to do a lot of jobs, to jump from movie to movie because they pay you so few dollars to do any movie. You have to keep working, sometimes pick some things that you are not interested in, just because you are a professional. So, I am coming from a work world which is completely different. In Spain, they are proud of me because I am considered like an international soccer player. I have to win a battle outside so that I can represent my country. In a way, they are going, "Antonio, don't blow it!"
11[1995] Everything here in Los Angeles is masks, metaphors, unreality. Everything is concerned with image, the box office, stars. But America is many Americas. What I love about Americans is how pragmatic they are. They don't think and obsess in a sick way about doing something. In Europe, you can feel the weight of many years of history. In a village eight kilometers away from another village, people speak a different language, have their own culture that they want to preserve. People here resolve a problem, act fast, and I love that. Here, ideas are volatile; people believe in people. If you're 60 years old here and you come up with a good idea, you get to develop that idea. In Europe, it's all hierarchies.
12[1995] I don't want to have anything that I don't deserve. Sometimes, it even bothers me just to see my name built up more than it actually is. I never believe anything that is happening to me, probably because I am very insecure.
13There is nothing in the world that cannot be cured by love. That is the most thing.
14[on why films like Lawrence of Arabia (1962) aren't being made anymore] It's very difficult if you want to do those movies within structures that are based in commercial issues. You can do movies like that if you go in the independent world. In fact, last year, for example, Slumdog Millionaire (2008) is a movie that comes from that world, and it breaks structures because they are more daring. But coming from the studios, it's very difficult to find that. I'm not criticizing the studios; they have to do what they have to do. They're looking for commercial movies, and that's fantastic and it keeps alive the industry and I think that's absolutely fine. But if you want to find those types of risks, you have to go to another structure. I think movies serve many purposes; one can be purely entertainment, another can be a reflection of the human spirit, and another goes in another direction, experimental... many, many different purposes. All of them are good. I am not criticizing specifically one way of making movies; this just is the way it is.
15[on films going direct-to-DVD] It's curious, the case of this movie [Thick as Thieves (2009)]. Because it's a genre movie, and those are movies that normally are supposed to be done by studios. It's very rare -- this is an independent company, but they emulate the studios in a way. It's very difficult to compete with that, because if you have a $20-million movie playing genre, confronting a studio movie with $120-million budget that is doing genre, too, obviously in visual terms and many other ways of looking at a movie these days, especially by the young people who go to the movies these days, it's very difficult to put in competition a movie like "Thick as Thieves" with the movies that they have. You know, "Thick as Thieves" is a movie that probably, if it would have been presented in the '70s or the '80s, would have been a very successful movie.
16[on films going direct-to-DVD, and the challenges of making Thick as Thieves (2009)] It's funny, because in Spain, it [Thick as Thieves (2009)] was released theatrically and it did very well with practically no promotion at all, competing with big Hollywood movies. And I understand that they're going to open in like 25 countries also, theatrically. But in America, no -- there were offers from studios, I am aware of that because I talked to [Nu Image and Millenium Pictures head] Avi Lerner, but they didn't want to give the money necessary to compete in a theatrical environment in terms of publicity and promotion. But that's the way it goes! That is our world.For me, I joined [the project] very late in the movie; almost 15 days before they started, they called me. And so I had to travel to New York very fast... but for me, the big attraction for accepting the role was Morgan Freeman, to tell you the truth. The possibility of working with an actor that I really admire. He's got a tremendous personality. He's one of those guys that it doesn't matter what he does in front of the camera, he's always interesting because he's got this aura. And then, Mimi Leder became one of my attractions to the project, because she's a woman that has inside more than I have seen in the movies. A couple of movies of hers I really like, and when I saw her working, she's very powerful. There's also a sensitivity coming from women that I love, and I've been directed by women three or four times, in terms of directing actors and managing the entire set. It's very interesting. So all of those elements made it for me. Then, the results are something that you never know what's going to happen, especially in a movie like this -- a genre movie made by an independent company. That is the problem.
17[on being pragmatic in the film business] Oh, absolutely. You have to be, in this professional world; otherwise you would spend your whole life in a psychiatric ward! Going up and down continuously, "I am great!" "I am depressed." No, I think it's important that you understand in this profession that the results are not continuously the most important thing. But the way that you work and the things that you do, for me it's very important in my mind to have clear that my professional life starts at "action!" and finishes at "cut", and whatever happens around that -- yeah, it can be very satisfying sometimes, it can be very depressing at times, but it's just another side of the work. The work is what you do when you are acting. And, I have to say, during the time that we were doing Thick as Thieves (2009) I felt I was doing what I wanted to do.
18When you see actors on the red carpet, they seem to know each other but really it's like a wax museum. Los Angeles is probably one of the fakest cities in the world. For me, it is a working place.
19I don't believe in careers, I just picture myself always as one of those old actors from the 19th century who go from village to village in their repertoire.
20I get more attention as "the pussycat" in Shrek the Third (2007) than I ever did as Zorro.
21I admired [wife Melanie Griffith] before I loved her.
22Melanie [wife Melanie Griffith] is more of a disciplinarian with the little girl than me, probably because it's my first baby. She gets everything easy from Papa. I am more weak. She takes advantage of me.
23To be married in our profession is not an easy thing. There's too many beautiful people around, very interesting people. It's just a matter of really having-being patient and probably having the capacity and the faith of falling in love with your own wife again. That happens to me.
24I hate that cat ["Puss in Boots" from Shrek 2 (2004)]. Ever since he appeared in my life he's more important than me. Now women always say, "Oh, I love that cat. He's so cute". Before, it was, "I loved you in [The Mask of Zorro (1998)]. And sometimes you think, "Is she saying that because she has some other... intention?" But no. They love the cat, and they hate me.
25If they had offered me James Bond, I probably couldn't have gone to England anymore in my life. James Bond with an accent? That would have been something.
26[on his wife, Melanie Griffith, having more plastic surgery] This lust for beauty is a terrible thing. I've forbidden her from ever going to a cosmetic surgeon again. It is something we have agreed to for the sake of our marriage.
27I don't want anything I don't deserve, [but] if they offer me more money, I'm not stupid.

#Trademark
1Often cast by Robert Rodriguez
2Deep smooth voice
3Andalusian accent

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