José Antonio Domínguez Banderas, better known as Antonio Banderas, is a Spanish film actor, film director, film producer and singer. He began his acting career with a series of films by director Pedro Almodóvar and then appeared in high-profile Hollywood movies, especially in the 1990s, including Assassins, Evita, Interview with the Vampire, Philadelphia, Desperado, The Mask of Zorro and Spy Kids. Banderas is also a voice artist, portraying the voice of Puss in Boots in the Shrek sequels and Puss in Boots as well as the bee in the US Nasonex commercials. He has also narrated a recording of Prokofiev's Pedro y el lobo, in Spanish, on the PENTATONE record label.
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I am Antonio Banderas. I am an actor.
I will be joined for this AMA today by Wesley Snipes. We are both in The Expendables 3, in theaters this August 15h.
You can view the explosive final trailer here for The Expendables 3.
Victoria will be assisting us today.
Go ahead... AUAA.
No he didn't. I did all your other ones. Tell the truth.
You didn't want to break a nail. Because I don't care about my nails, I did my own stunts.
I don't know. We've never done a movie together. It's been TOO DAMN LONG! A travesty! I want to quit, but I like it too much. Yeah, I think this is something we need to do. But we are lovers, we don't fight. Yes.
I totally agree. Everybody knows that we are lovers now!
How do you make friends and establish relationships with people without worrying that they only want to be close to you because of your fame and money?
It's very difficult. You never know. Sometimes it's very clear, you know what they want, and sometimes they are very smart and you don't realize actually what they were looking for is something that they think that you have because of the celebrity-thing, until very late, until it's too late sometimes. It's part of the price that you have to pay to be a professional in this world. And I am willing to pay it, you know? I shouldn't complain. In fact, I don't, you know, about anything that has happened in my life. I'm a very fortunate life, you look at the world today, it's so confused and so violent, and the situations that life has sent me, it's just the price that you have to pay, I just accept it. It makes you, you know, a little bit more observant of the people who approach you. It's not always comfortable. You have to analyze more than normal.
What were the stunts like while filming Expendables 3? Did you guys do most of your own?
We used The Extendables....
No, but yes, we did a lot of our own stunts. The actors always say that, but it's never the truth. But we SAY that.
I did more than Wesley!
Puss in Boots vs. Blade.
Who would win in a battle?
PUSS IN BOOTS. His eyes are the MOST IMPORTANT WEAPON OF MASS DESTRUCTION in the whole world right now. With his eyes, he can defeat entire action heroes, anything!
@Antonio- do you secretly hate Gael Garcia Bernal or Javier Bardem for trying to have a sexier Spanish name than you?
I wouldn't do that. I'm not giving them any secrets at all, you know? They have to find that from themselves, and that's it.
I'm not sharing any-THING! But they can use my perfume. And that will help them get what they want.
Any interesting experiences with fans that you'd like to share?
You know, I've been always surprised by the behavior of fans. I've been surprised by what they want, but they make me laugh many times. The fans I love the most are kids, because they are very sincere, you can see in their eyes that they totally believe that you were Zorro, and that someday you will save the people of Mexico, so if you see them in the super mark they are in awe to be meeting Zorro. it's beautiful.
Wow. My favorite book? MMMMMMM.
I would have to say....
My favorite book, while he thinks, because he probably hasn't read a book in 15 years, mine is Don Quixote by Cervantes.
Who would win in an arm wrestling match? Arnold vs. Sly and Wesley vs. Antonio?
In a contest? ANY of them will defeat me in an arm wrestling contest. I will lose with all of them. If you see the poster, they hide me BEHIND of them, so they don't show my muscles, all you can see is my face, and I am smiling a lot. But I am bringing the comedy side of the movie, you know? My muscles are somewhere else.
Hi Antonio, there is quite a number of interesting spanish horror/sci-fi/mystery movies. Automata seems to be one of them, what is it like? Are we gonna see you in others such films in the future?
Automata is, you know, my baby. And why I say that is because I produced the movie, besides being also the star of it. It's actually an approach to science fiction in a very european way, in an independent way, it's a movie about concept that is philosophical, scientific concept called singularity, which is the time in which machines actually overcome the human mind. So it's a very reflective philosophical science fiction, going back to the science fiction I love, like Isaac Asimov. That's the type of movie we tried to do. It will be presented at San Sebastian Film Festival in competition.
Yea I'm cool with Nic! Nic is 'aight!
Nic is a good actor.
It was EXCITING, and a thrill of the lifetime. Everybody should get a chance to work with all of the Expendables. At least once.
Oh wow. Yes! I guess, good memories, working with Johnny was fun, and Robert Rodriguez, that was the seventh movie I did with him. he is one of those directors that has so much personality, you have to adapt to HIS style, and when you work with people like him, you have to actually get into the game, and the game is a game of personality. It happens with Almodovar, too, a different style. I love working with Robert.
So happy you all are doing this- What is your favorite place to travel?
OH. It will always, always be my hometown. That is the place I love to travel along with, because my roots are there, and I think a man without roots is a nobody. And I never, you know, deny where I am from, and I would love to get back there with my friends and my family and people and my food, and everything that has to do with my life.
If you could assemble an Expendables trio of the Expandables cast who would you choose?
I would go with my friends Sly & Wesley. And me. That would be the other part of the trio.