Antonio Banderas was informed he could be typecast in Hollywood
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Puss In Boots: The Final Want star Antonio Banderas says it’s “crucial” for teenagers to see numerous heroes on display, after warnings of being typecast when his profession launched within the US.
Identified for his roles in The Masks of Zorro, Desperado, and Spy Children, Banderas says Puss In Boots may very well be the Spanish hero that many generations didn’t get to see.
“After I arrived in America in 1990, I did a film referred to as The Mambo Kings,” Banderas tells Yahoo because the Shrek spin-off hits UK cinemas.
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“There have been plenty of Spanish actors from Mexico, Puerto Rico, from completely different locations locally. They usually stated to me: ‘If you happen to’re gonna keep working in America, you are gonna play the unhealthy guys.’”
“Usually, Black folks and Spanish folks had been all the time the unhealthy guys — after which Zorro and Puss In Boots got here alongside.
“It is crucial that children in America see them because the hero to allow them to begin separating that stigma.”
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Identified for his function in Desperado alongside Salma Hayek Pinault, the pair are as soon as once more reunited in Puss In Boots: The Final Want. Having been buddies for 27 years, Antonio immediately knew that their chemistry could be excellent.
“There’s not solely an expert relationship, she’s my buddy. There’s tons to play with and it is enjoyable as a result of she’s actually feisty, and she or he likes to battle rather a lot.”
“I simply love that. We may incorporate that within the film as a result of she’s like a child. She’s all the time complaining in a great way. She’s very important.”
First seen within the 2004 sequel Shrek 2, the story of Puss In Boots has expanded into many movie and TV spinoffs. For Banderas, it wasn’t a journey he was ever positive was going to occur.
“I used to be very comfortable once they name me to do Shrek quantity two. Whether or not this was going to be a recurring sample… perhaps, perhaps not. You by no means know.”
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“The primary one I believed was actually unique, this concept of taking all fairy story tales and simply them from a very completely different angle. After we went to Cannes Movie Pageant (with Shrek 2), the response from the critics was extraordinary.”
“However I by no means imagined that 20 years after I used to be going to be doing this.”
With Puss In Boots: The Final Want changing into the most recent instalment within the land of far distant, the fan base continues to develop — generally in surprising methods.
“Persons are interviewing me and so they’re 27 years outdated and had been seven after I first did Puss,” Banderas says. “So that they have been rising with the character too, being taken to see Puss In Boots by their dad and mom once they had been 8, 9, 10 years outdated.”
“These characters have produced an influence of their entire complete technology.”
Puss In Boots: The Final Want is in cinemas from 3 February. Watch a clip under.