Tuesday 19 November 2019

Almodovar considers English film

Antonio Banderas and Pedro Almodovar worked together again on The Skin I Live In
Antonio Banderas and Pedro Almodovar worked together again on The Skin I Live In

Pedro Almodovar helped launch the international careers of several Spanish actors who are now Hollywood legends, including Antonio Banderas, Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem.

Now the celebrated filmmaker says he's toying with the idea of making his first movie in English.

The Academy Award-winning Spaniard has always remained deeply attached to his homeland, and none of his 18 films has been set beyond its borders.

That could change if one of three projects currently in development comes to fruition.

"There's a script that ... could perhaps become my first project in English," Almodovar said in an interview at the Cannes Film Festival, where he was promoting his latest movie, horror thriller The Skin I Live In.

"I'm writing it in Spanish but I've spoken to an American writer about doing the English version."

Almodovar declined to provide any details about the project, which he said is in the early stages of development.

The Skin I Live In marks the return of a Hollywood heartthrob who was a regular feature of Almodovar's movies from the 1980s, Antonio Banderas. The two haven't worked together since 1990's Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!

In his new film, Banderas plays an icy and calculating plastic surgeon bent on avenging the rape of his daughter. Almodovar "wanted this character to always be under control, to never reveal the monster he has inside", Banderas said. "This character with Pedro actually opened the door with me to a different turf.

"I'm going to be 51 this year and now I'm getting the possibility of doing characters I've never done before."

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