Antonio Banderas: Fighting comes naturally for him

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 9 May 2014
Antonio Banderas

Antonio Banderas

Antonio Banderas who stars in 'The Expendables 3' insists his natural ability to fight helps him this role

Antonio Banderas says fighting comes "naturally" for him.

The 53-year-old actor who plays Galgo in 'The Expendables 3' insists it was easy for him to slip into character and his love of sport helps in these action roles which require "certain abilities".

Talking to, he explained: "I have a rifle, and I use a lot of fighting skills that I learned years ago. I tried to do as much as I could. I have certain abilities. I think I am good in the department of body language and fighting, and stuff like that. It's just natural to me, maybe because I love sports. As long as you have a good choreographer for that, and we did, it's relatively easy to get into that world, for me."

Banderas admits he questions the roles he gets as he ages but, at the same time, he enjoys taking on the challenge.

He added: "You have to be in good shape, basically. And then, you have to have a certain craziness, if you're going to do some of the action things. I did something that I shouldn't have done. I'm in my 60s now, and just running almost 50 meters with explosives going on, it was kind of like, 'Oh, my god! What am I doing here?' The whole entire building was shaking, and stuff like that. But, you do it. At the same time, I just wanna do it if I have the possibility of laughing a little bit at myself."

The Expendables 3

  • 3 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 2h 6min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Patrick Hughes
  • Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Terry Crews, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mel Gibson, Harrison Ford, Wesley Snipes, Antonio Banderas
  • UK release: 14 August 2014

Mercenary Barney Ross (Stallone) goes up against colleague-gone-rogue Conrad Stonebanks (Gibson), a ruthless arms dealer. The action is fine, and the interplay between the somewhat ageing stars remains the film's biggest asset, but a lazy script, watered-down violence and general lack of risk-taking make for predictable…

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