Want a real life example of a Dashing Hispanic? Antonio is your man. He began his acting career at age 19 with a series of films by director Pedro Almodóvar. He is well-known for playing Zorro in The Mask of Zorro and its sequel The Legend of Zorro, the first Spaniard to play the Spanish Californian hero.Kids are more likely to remember him as Puss-In-Boots in Shrek (effectively Zorro as a cat) and Gregorio Cortez in Spy Kids.He is notably less typecast in Spain, where he is considered a very versatile leading man (thanks to that stint under Almodóvar). He's really beloved in his country for being the most internationally recognized Spaniard actor during the 90s, and helped to open the way to Hollywood for other of his countrymen like Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem (both of which are good friends with him).And he sings. Beautifully.
The... how do you say? Ah yes—roles:
- Assassins — Miguel Bain
- Evita — Che: Revolutionary, narrator, not-really-Expy of that Che.
- Interview with the Vampire — Armand. Portrayed in the film as an adult rather than a youth, so as not to give the impression that Louis likes 'em young.
- Philadelphia — Miguel Alvarez
- Desperado and Once upon a Time in Mexico — El Mariachi
- The Mask of Zorro and The Legend of Zorro — Alejandro Murietta, the new Zorro.
- Spy Kids — Gregorio Cortez, father to the main kids and part of the Badass Family.
- Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! (Spanish: ¡Átame!) — a 1990 Spanish dark romantic comedy film written and directed by Pedro Almodóvar. The plot follows a recently released psychiatric patient who kidnaps an actress in order to make her fall in love with him. He believes his destiny is to marry her and father her children. This is the role that brought Banderas to the attention of Hollywood.
- Shrek — Puss In Boots, adorable kitty and hired assassin who winds up traveling with Shrek and Donkey. An Affectionate Parody of Zorro.
- Puss in Boots — Guess who?
- The 13th Warrior — Ahmad ibn Fadlan, Non-Action Guy turned Badass Bookworm off to defeat Grendel... Er, cannibal Neanderthals with Vikings.
- Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown — His most interesting role under Almodóvar. In a role directly contrary to his Hollywood typecasting as a Dashing Hispanic or Badass, he plays a milquetoast henpecked fiance who happens to be the son of the main character's ex-lover. It's weird.
- Ruby Sparks — Mort
- La Piel Que Habito — or "The Skin I Live In", also by Pedro Almodóvar, as a Mad Scientist (well, mad plastic surgeon). You'd be amazed at how effectively he does it.
- The Sponge Bob Movie Sponge Out Of Water — Burger-Beard the Pirate.
- The Expendables 3 — Galgo, a Retired Badass Blood Knight mercenary, and a veeery obnoxious Motor Mouth.
- The Thirty Three — Mario Sepulveda, leader of a group of miners trapped in a collapsed Chilean mine.