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Saturday 16 December 2017

Banderas reunites with Almodovar

Antonio Banderas has worked with Pedro Almodovar on a number of films
Antonio Banderas has worked with Pedro Almodovar on a number of films

Antonio Banderas found working with Pedro Almodovar in the director's latest film, The Skin I Live In, was like coming home.

The Spanish star - who has not collaborated with Pedro in 22 years - was an early muse of the acclaimed filmmaker, with roles including a boy-toy in Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown and a bullfighter in training in Matador.

"It's part of my life... I could almost compare it to a return to my country, to my roots, with all its misery, with all its greatness, all its contradictions and everything that goes along with that" Antonio said at the Cannes Film Festival, where the movie screened on Thursday.

"That's what returning to Almodovar is, a homecoming."

In their new film, Antonio delivers a restrained performance as a psychotic plastic surgeon who plots to exact revenge on the man he believes raped his daughter.

"The spectators discover that this is a tormented character as the story goes along, but without any grand gestures, no great things in front of the camera," the star explained.

The cast of the film - which is due for release in August - also includes another of Pedro's old school favourites, All About My Mother star Marisa Paredes.

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