I’m sure Antonio Banderas is a very nice man. He’s probably deep and introspective, gentle with children and small animals, and has a fascinating life. He’s been active with charities and vocal about issues in Spanish politics. But HOT DAMN he is one sexy beast! I see him in a flick and just need to know when the shagging starts. That voice, those eyes, those hands, that bod! *Fans self* I’m so very happy he was born on this day, August 10, in 1960.
For this Man Candy Monday, let’s look at a few historical costume movies featuring Antonio Banderas. Especially the ones where the costumes are optional.
Interview With the Vampire (1994)
This old-school Anne Rice fan doesn’t give a fig that Antonio Banderas looks nothing like Armand as described in the Vampire Chronicles books (hell, I reviewed The Vampire Armand back when I worked at the local newspaper). Banderas is dead sexy here, making for Brad Pitt’s most appealing love interest on screen.
I know it’s a sin against music and musical theater to admit you like Andrew Lloyd Weber, but I do, and even worse, I liked this movie adaption of his show. Madonna’s ego suited the part of Eva Peron. Also, tango with Antonio Banderas as the nebulous narrator character Che (not Che Guevara)? Yes please!
The Mask of Zorro (1998)
Cartoony fun with swashbuckling Antonio Banderas! It’s like the historical PG-13 version of 1995’s El Mariachi (in which, Antonio Banderas, is also, wow, so, so hot — I’m not usually in for the blood-ballet thing, but that one, I’ll take it).
Original Sin (2001)
Kendra swears they’re wearing historical costumes in this movie, but I pretty much just watch a few, certain scenes, over and over again. Ehem.
The Legend of Zorro (2005)
I think I watched this once on cable. I don’t know. He’s gorgeous, everything else is WTF.
Apparently, Antonio Banderas is currently making a historical costume movie set in 1879 Spain. It’s called Altamira and looks kind of gritty. Maybe he’ll clean up and take his shirt off.