Saturday 24 March 2018

Banderas, Hayek swap cat tales

Mexican actress Salma Hayek is in Cannes
Mexican actress Salma Hayek is in Cannes

Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek had cats in their lives long before they got in touch with their inner felines for Puss In Boots, an animated spin-off to the Shrek franchise.

Salma has lived with cats all her life, among them a tailless kitty rescued by one of her dogs years ago. Antonio also has house cats, while his mother-in-law deals in bigger felines, with 72 lions now living at her animal preserve, he said.

"She rescues animals," Antonio said of wife Melanie Griffith's mum, actress Tippi Hedren, who runs the Shambala Preserve near Los Angeles.

"Sometimes, people just get a tiger because they're beautiful when they're little, and they grow," Antonio said in an interview alongside Salma at the Cannes Film Festival.

"And before they eat the grandma, they just try to put it in a zoo or something later. What she does is take them there, take care of them. They're in a much more open environment than in a zoo. She even had elephants and snakes."

Though she loves cats, Salma said she's more of a dog person. She has 10 dogs now and one cat, the feline coming to her thanks to a canine she used to have.

"I had a dog that is no longer with me that rescued that cat without a tail," she said. "This dog, she's dead now, but she was on a ranch that I have, and she showed up with this cat that didn't have a tail. I don't know what did it. We took care of the cat, but it was this dog that was the friend of the cat."

Puss In Boots features Antonio reprising his voice role as the title character, the tiny cat with the big personality who appeared in the final three Shrek flicks.

The spin-off is a prequel chronicling Puss In Boots' adventures before he met Shrek, when he was a feline outlaw looking to swipe magic beans that, as in the Jack and the Beanstalk story, would lead him to a giant's lair and a goose that lays golden eggs.

Puss's quest is disrupted when he finds a rival and romantic interest in Kitty Softpaws (voiced by Salma), a stealthy feline who's after the same score.

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