SPY KIDS 2:
THE ISLAND OF LOST DREAMS
ANTONIO BANDERAS, one of the
leading international actors of his generation, earned critical praise and Best
Actor Golden Globe nominations for roles in "Evita," opposite Madonna
and "The Mask of Zorro," opposite Anthony Hopkins and Catherine Zeta
Jones. In 1999, he made his debut as a director with "Crazy in
Alabama," starring Melanie Griffith.
Banderas will next be seen in another
Robert Rodriguez film, "Once Upon a Time in Mexico," also starring
Johnny Depp and Willem Dafoe. He also stars in "Ecks vs. Sever" with
Lucy Liu and in Brian de Palma's "Femme Fatale" in addition to
playing a cameo role in "Frida," starring Salma Hayek.
Born in Malaga, Spain, Banderas
attended the School of Dramatic Art and, upon graduation, began his acting
career working in a small theater company. He moved to Madrid in 1981 and became
an ensemble member of the prestigious National Theater of Spain, where he
remained through 1986.
In 1982, Banderas was cast by
writer/director Pedro Almodovar in "Labyrinth of Passion." It
was the first of five films Banderas would do with Almodovar, the others being
"Matador," "Law of Desire," "Women On The Verge Of A
Nervous Breakdown," and "Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!" During
this time, Banderas also acted in more conventional Spanish dramas, including
"The Stilts," "The Pleasure of Killing" and "Baton
The international success of
"Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown" and "Tie Me Up! Tie
Me Down!" brought Banderas to the attention of American audiences. He made
his film debut here in 1992, as a young Cuban musician in "The Mambo
Kings." At the time he was cast in the movie, Banderas spoke no English and
had to learn all of his dialogue phonetically.
"The Mambo Kings" provided
Banderas with a springboard to significant supporting roles in four major
productions in two years: "Philadelphia," "House of the Spirits,"
"Interview With The Vampire," and "Miami Rhapsody."
His first leading role in an American
film came in 1995 with "Desperado." Other film credits include
"Never Talk to Strangers," "Assassins," "Four
Rooms," "Two Much," and "The 13th Warrior."
He recently starred opposite Angelina
Jolie in "Original Sin" and in "Play it to the Bone," with
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