Money isn’t that important to the 61-year-old, even though he knows what it’s like to be poor, he says. Other things in life are much more important to him.


For Spanish actor and director Antonio Banderas (“The Mask of Zorro”), luck doesn’t necessarily have to do with money. “I know what it’s like to be poor,” the 61-year-old told the “Funke Mediengruppe” newspapers.

“It wasn’t until I went to America in my early thirties that I really started making money. But did it make me happier than before when I could barely afford the rent? No.”

What really matters

He is not attached to things, but “to people.” And in my work. I still understood this very clearly when I had a heart attack five years ago. But money is important to him when it comes to his theater in his hometown of Malaga. “It’s expensive. But I’m giving young actors a platform here.” This gives him “an immense pleasure. I ruin myself in the process, but in the most romantic way. But in order not to go completely bankrupt, I just make a bunch of films.”

Banderas won Best Actor at the 2020 Cannes Film Festival for Pain and Glory, after which he was nominated for an Oscar. Now he’s starring in blockbusters again – most recently in ‘Uncharted’.

He said of the 2020 award: “When I won at Cannes it made me very happy because I have been to this festival many times. But I don’t think the awards have any impact on my career. I’m just happy to be able to play in all kinds of styles and genres.” (dpa)