Antonio Banderas interview

Zorro, Omar Sharif, TV movies and more views from Antonio Banderas

1 How do you feel about being back in the UAE?
I first came in 2008 and it was like a dream. Now that dream is a reality. It’s becoming one of the great metropolises of the world. The creation of cities such as Rome and London took centuries and you guys are doing it in decades.

2 Acting or directing?
Both are very different. Sometimes actors and directors disagree, but I am a very disciplined actor and I follow instructions. I also love directing actors.

3 Favourite film you have worked on?
Zorro was one of the films that made me known all around the world. And he’s a very interesting character, he is a hero, but he doesn’t have special powers.

4 Are you familiar with Arab films?
Yes, and one of my dear friends, Omar Sharif, who passed away recently, always said that people in this part of the world have something to say.

5 What’s next for you?
I want to make movies for TV – it’s taking over. We have to adapt. Changes in TV and cinema just give us more opportunities.

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