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 Almodovar
. He is well-known for playing Zorro
in The Mask of Zorro
and its sequel 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 Almodovar).
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, Hot Dad 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 Almodovar. 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.
- 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 Almodovar. 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 Almodovar, as a Mad Scientist (well, mad plastic surgeon). You'd be amazed at how effectively he does it.