As an actor, when you encounter a psychopathic personality, you naturally want to make him 'bigger than life,' as the Americans say.

Antonio Banderas

Antonio Banderas

Profession: Actor
Nationality: Spanish

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You see a woman, 22 years old, going out with a guy over 60 - and it's kind of natural. But if it happens in the opposite direction everyone says, 'What is going on there?'

I have a fantastic studio in my home, and it's my biggest toy. I have about a half a million dollars worth of musical equipment in my house.

I think that comedy is one of the more serious things that you can do in our day, especially in the world that we're living in.

I don't like to over-intellectualize scenes that are working. I tend to think when you do that you may lose it.

I'm a complete hypochondriac. If my heart starts beating a little faster than normal, I think I'm having an attack.

I like flesh. I do! Something to hold.

I cry a lot, you know. Which is very difficult for a man to recognise, but I do. I cry in movies, you know, just watching movies.

If bad things are going to be said about me, I have to bear that. If I don't understand that it's part of being in show business, then I'd better go work in a bank.

Cinema has opened a world of possibilities up for me.

I completely take on the risk, the poker game, which being an artist means, and I'm going to try to make a film which honestly reflects what I have in my head.

The only time you actually are a spectator of your own work is the day you read the script.

In my personal life, I am very contemplative.

It was an honor and privilege to arrive to this country 16 years ago with almost no money in my pocket. A lot has happened since then.

There's something happening in the world that didn't happen before. We are acting like one big brain.