Actor Profile: Antonio Banderas

Today’s profile belongs to Antonio Banderas, who I had no idea had such an extensive career before he started doing English language films. The first film I saw him in was probably Evita. I caught Two Much and Philadelphia both on TV, so it’s possible that I saw them around the same time as Evita.

He’s actually got a few that are really strong, but you’d never think that. As far as his best performance, I might go with Philadelphia, which was a minor role but really fantastic work from him. I think most directors have not expected much from him, and he’s been given way too many fluff roles.

He’s either best known for the Desperado series, Zorro, Spy Kids, or Puss In Boots. Most people probably recognize his voice from the Shrek movies, but he does have three other franchises under his belt.

No, I’m not going to choose Evita. I’m going to pick Take The Lead, which is one of those “teacher make a difference movies”, but it’s so under the radar, you probably had no idea that he was really good in it. He brings his usual smolder and charm to a tired genre.

There are a few that qualify here. I’ve never seen The Skin I Live In which I heard was good. I missed him doing Pancho Villa in And Starring Pancho Villa As Himself, and I’ve yet to see Interview With The Vampire.

Ballistic: Ecks Vs Sever is one of the worst films I’ve ever seen. Runner up would be either Haywire or Original Sin.

Roles/Films I’ve Seen:
1) Philadelphia (1993)
2) Desperado (1995)
3) Two Much (1995)
4) Evita (1996)
5) The Mask Of Zorro (1998)
6) The 13th Warrior (1999)
7) Play It To The Bone (1999)
8) Spy Kids (2001)
9) Original Sin (2001)
10) Spy Kids 2 (2002)
11) Ballistic (2002)
12) Spy Kids 3D (2003)
13) Once Upon A Time In Mexico (2003)
14) Shrek 2 (2004)
15) The Legend of Zorro (2005)
16) Take The Lead (2006)
17) Shrek The Third (2007)
18) Shrek Forever After (2010)
19) You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger (2010)
20) Puss In Boots (2011)
21) Haywire (2011)
22) The Expendables 3 (2014)
23) Automata (2014)
24) The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water (2015)

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