Banderas reunites with man who made him famous
October 11th, 2011
09:45 AM ET

Banderas reunites with man who made him famous

If Antonio Banderas owes his fame to one man, it's Pedro Almodovar.  The Spanish director cast Banderas in some of his best films of the '80s, including "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown," "Law of Desire" and "Matador."

Those roles launched the actor's international career, but Almodovar and Banderas haven't worked together in over 20 years.

Until now: The two have finally reunited for the stylish thriller "The Skin I Live In." Banderas came to L.A. to promote the Spanish language feature, in which he portrays a mysterious plastic surgeon who develops an experimental synthetic skin.

In a post-screening Q&A with members of the Screen Actors Guild, Banderas praised Almodovar as a director who "defies the laws of cinematic gravity."  But he also described him as a forceful personality who knows precisely what he wants from every member of the filmmaking team, from actors to set painters.

Banderas said the director nixed his original instinct on how to play the lead character. Banderas wanted to play it "big"; Almodovar told him to do it just the opposite. You can probably guess whose vision won out.

"To work with Pedro Almodovar is a leap of faith," Banderas told the SAG crowd.  "You just have to trust." He describes their new collaboration as "almost like a homecoming. It was a warm feeling."

The R-rated film features lots of nudity, violence, sex and intrigue.  It opens in New York and L.A. on Friday.

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  3. Nancy

    They left out his best movie, "tie me up tie me down"!!!!!

    October 11, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  4. tracie

    MMM yummy I would smell that shower curtain and lick it

    October 11, 2011 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  5. jose'

    LOL : )

    October 11, 2011 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  6. Paco

    I love CrapTacos so much sometimes I just crap in a taco shell then chow down...MMMM!

    October 11, 2011 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  7. Louise

    I like this man. He is thankful for all his blessings. How he has stayed with his wife has amazed me. Most men would have walked away, but he has integrity and true love for his family. A real stand up guy.

    October 11, 2011 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Kay

      That's all very nice, but I remember how he had left his 1st wife for Melanie, when he started to make it big in Hollywood.

      October 11, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mr. Ed

    I likes my burritoes mucho grande. That means real big.

    October 11, 2011 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  9. Mr. Ed

    ME TOO ! Just what I was thinking !

    October 11, 2011 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  10. Pedro

    Tacos es muy bueno. Muy muy bueno.

    October 11, 2011 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  11. Pedro

    Si. It is me Pedro. Did someone mention my name. I like tacos y burritos.

    October 11, 2011 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |

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