Antonio Banderas to move away from Hollywood films

Antonio Banderas

Antonio Banderas

Antonio Banderas says he's keen to move away from the Hollywood scene and do more acting work in his native Spain

Antonio Banderas is keen to do more acting work in his native Spain.

The 54-year-old, who has starred in popular Hollywood films like 'The Mask of Zorro' and 'Puss in Boots', says he's keen to assist the film industry in Spain, where, he claims, there are more diverse roles available to him.

Speaking in San Sebastian after a screening of sci-fi film 'Automata', which he starred in and produced, he explained: "Hollywood has ceased to exist as such, and now it is just a brand."

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Banderas added: "I might have that brand on me my whole life, but I want to do more films from my own country. I recognise the talent here and I really believe in my people.

"It's true that in Hollywood, I've always had certain limitations because of my accent or ethnicity. I go straight into certain roles. I've been working in Hollywood for 23 years with a certain handicap."

'Automata' also features Dylan McDermott and Birgitte Hjort Sorensen, as well as Melanie Griffith, 57, who announced her intention to divorce Banderas in June after nearly 20 years of marriage.

'Automata' will be released on October 10 in the US, but a UK release date is still to be confirmed.


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