Antonio Banderas Will Challenge Leonardo DiCaprio for the 2020 Best Actor Oscar
Pedro Almodóvar can be an exacting taskmaster, but even he broke down during a pivotal scene in his autobiographical drama “Pain and Glory.” The Oscar-winning Spanish auteur likes to read with his actors on their close-ups. But when he tried to speak the lines of his mother, he couldn’t do it. For Antonio Banderas, who won Best Actor at Cannes for this role modeled on the director, that was red meat. “OK, you cannot give better information to an actor,” he said. “Fucking give me ‘action,’ because I have it.”
Banderas struggled with his return to acting with his mentor after 22 years with 2011 psychothriller “The Skin I Live In.” Nonetheless he eagerly took on “Pain and Glory,” playing the aging auteur who gave him a career launchpad with films like “Labyrinth of Passion” (1982) and, most famously, “Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!” (1989).
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