Quote: "We're from the same home town - Malaga... I'm trying to portray him properly... Picasso has been part of my life; he left town practically the same age that I left and so he has been a big shadow in my life... He's an interesting character." Antonio Banderas is relishing portraying artist Pablo Picasso in a new movie.
Fact: Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith reunited over the weekend (06-07Jun15) to celebrate their daughter Stella's high school graduation. The Working Girl star shared snaps of the milestone on her Instagram.com account, including the proud parents with the graduate, along with the caption, "Mama, Stella and Papi. Our angel is amazing. Beginning the next chapter of her life! Freedom!!" Griffith filed to end her 18-year marriage to Banderas last June (14).
Quote: "The beard is like a raccoon attacked me in the morning and it stays there for the whole entire day... It was hot... and I've done movies like Zorro and Desperado, with a lot of action, but this was harder than any of those movies, just to carry that thing for 12 hours a day." Antonio Banderas hated the beard he had to wear as Burger-Beard in The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water.
Fact: Hollywood couple Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith have expanded their family by adopting two abandoned puppies from an animal rescue center. The pair took in the German shepherd/Labrador mixes from the Ace of Hearts shelter in Los Angeles.
Quote: "I ski every year for 40 to 50 days." Spanish actor Antonio Banderas loves to take to the slopes of Aspen, Colorado, where he and wife Melanie Griffith own a home.
Fact: Antonio Banderas dubbed his own voice for the Spanish and Italian versions of Puss in Boots. He plays the Spanish feline hero with a lisp.
Quote: "Sometimes I go to parties with my daughter and I have to do that. I hate that, but I do it. I never know what line to use, so I thought, 'I'm going to put some lines together for those types of occasions and just do it. The line that they love is, 'I'm Puss... in Boots!' and 'Fear me... if you dare'." Spanish star Antonio Banderas is always pestered to record voicemail messages by fans of his Shrek character Puss In Boots.
Quote: "He got upset with me at certain points - 'Don't move your hands so much!' Some days, you just want to kill yourself. Or him." Antonio Banderas on reuniting with director Pedro Almodovar for their first movie together in 21 years, The Skin I Live In.
Quote: "When we went to the United States with Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! people were complaining, 'How is it possible you kidnap a girl and the girl falls in love with you? That is outrageously wrong!' And it's very funny, because right at the same time, there was Beauty And The Beast - a movie for kids - and that is exactly what happens." Antonio Banderas compares the controversial 1990 Spanish drama with the beloved Disney classic.
Fact: August is going to be a big month for actors Sean Penn, David Duchovny and Antonio Banderas - the trio turns 50 within 10 days of each other. Duchovny hits 50 first on 7 August (10), followed by Banderas on 10 August (10) and Penn on 17 August (10), a day after his ex-wife Madonna turns 52.
Quote: "Salma Hayek plays my girlfriend. She is Kitty Cat." Antonio Banderas will reteam with his Desperado co-star in a Shrek spin-off movie about his character Puss in Boots.
Quote: "When I hear her voice, my heart starts beating faster." Antonio Banderas is smitten with Shrek co-star Cameron Diaz.
Quote: "(We've had) 14 years together... We got written bets in newspaper that we were not gonna last more than six months; I should have taken those bets, I'd have made some money there." Antonio Banderas on his 14-year marriage to actress Melanie Griffith.
Quote: "The secret is to believe. To believe that it's going to get stronger. Patience is not a bad thing, it's a very underrated virtue, but it holds big virtues." Antonio Banderas reveals the secret to his 14-year marriage to actress Melanie Griffith.
Quote: "I do something called sofa therapy. I just lay down and watch how other people work." Actor Antonio Banderas likes to relax in front of the TV.
Fact: Veteran movie star Tippi Hedren has a pet cat named after her son-in-law Antonio Banderas. The Birds star poses with the puss in a Thanksgiving newsletter sent to friends of her California big cat sanctuary the Shambala Reserve.
Quote: "I bought my first cellphone a week ago... I didn't like to be get-able... I get into bed at night with my iPhone over there (and I'm) waiting for it to ring - because nobody knows that I have a cellphone, so nobody calls me." Antonio Banderas finally joins the mobile phone revolution.
Quote: "She's doing fantastic and very little of what is being published is true." Antonio Banderas urges fans not to believe what is being printed about the state of his marriage as his wife Melanie Griffith undergoes counselling at a rehab clinic in Utah.
Fact: American actor Dylan McDermott has fallen victim to the global economic downturn - he's been forced to slash the price tag of his Brentwood, Los Angeles mansion from $11 million (£7.85million) to just under $9 million (£6.4million). The property was previously home to Hollywood couple Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas, who bought the house from Michelle Pfeiffer in 1997.
Quote: "Lifting a weight and then looking at your arm in the mirror to see if it's got any bigger is just an exercise in narcissism." Spanish actor Antonio Banderas is not a fan of going to the gym.
Quote: "I remember watching that (MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET) as a kid. I bought a house in New York, and apparently it's where the movie was shot." Spanish actor Antonio Banderas feels close to the classic Christmas movie.
Fact: Catwalk star Lily Cole is following in the footsteps of actor Antonio Banderas and U.K. pop group Take That - by modelling for British retail giant Marks + Spencer. The 19-year-old will front the high street store's spring/summer advertising campaign.
Fact: Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz and Antonio Banderas have lent their voices to their Shrek characters for a TV Christmas spin-off, SHREK THE HALLS, set to air in the U.S. on 28 November (07).
Fact: Hollywood hunk Antonio Banderas is to front a new clothing campaign by British department store Marks + Spencers, appearing alongside English supermodel ERIN O' CONNOR.
Fact: Shrek stars Cameron Diaz, Mike Myers, Rupert Everett and Antonio Banderas delighted young fans when they took time out from promotions for the latest installment of the green ogre-featuring movie series to visit sick children in London's Great Ormond Street children's hospital yesterday afternoon (10Jun07).
Fact: Eddie Murphy and Antonio Banderas have recorded a cover of Sly + The Family Stone's Thank You (FalettinmeBeMiceElfAgain) for the soundtrack to upcoming sequel. The odd couple duet as their animated characters Donkey and Puss In Boots.
Fact: Welsh pop star Charlotte Church's voice has been branded one of the top 10 most irritating in the UK in a survey by Disney. Actress Joanna Lumley and Latino movie hunk Antonio Banderas top the poll of voices Brits most like to listen to.
Fact: Antonio Banderas will receive a Gabi Lifetime Achievement award at the 10th annual Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival on Saturday (07OCT06). The award is named after Mexican cinematographer GABRIEL FIGUEROA.
Fact: Hollywood newcomer JENNA DEWAN was a former back-up dancer for Janet Jackson and Sean Combs. The 25-year-old tangoed with Antonio Banderas in TAKE THE LEAD and will star in new dance film STEP UP.
Quote: "When I kiss a girl, I want to kiss her for real." Antonio Banderas insists he's never acting when he kisses a co-star.
Quote: <p>"I arrived in this country 16 years ago without speaking the language, and the fact that they call me just to use my voice kind of makes me proud." Antonio Banderas is loves playing Shrek character, PUSS IN BOOTS. </p>
Quote: <p>"ZORRO, in real life, would last presumably 15 seconds confronting anybody who has a sword." Antonio Banderas insists the real Zorro wouldn't be much of a hero because his mask, sword and hat would always get in the way. </p>
Quote: <p>"I didn't used to wear cologne but, since it's free, I do it." Spanish movie star Antonio Banderas on his cologne Spirit. </p>
Quote: <p>"I went to the bathroom and I remember I was there just peeing and Karl Malden was by my side, so when I went back to Spain... I said, 'I was peeing with Karl Malden...' I love the guy, with his big nose; I don't want to be more specific than that." Antonio Banderas on the highlight of his first trip to the Oscars. </p>
Fact: <p>Antonio Banderas likes to knit between takes when he's making a movie. </p>