February 23, 1996 at 05:00 AM EST

Two Much

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
118 minutes
performer
Antonio Banderas, Melanie Griffith, Danny Aiello, Joan Cusack, Daryl Hannah
director
Fernando Trueba
genre
Romance

If nothing else, Antonio Banderas’ and Melanie Griffith’s performances as lovers in Two Much should be believable. The couple fell for each other last year while filming the comedy — in which Banderas pretends to be twins in order to woo both Griffith and Daryl Hannah — and almost before director Fernando Trueba could yell ”Cut!” they were obliging the public with what amounted to previews of their Two Much lip-locking scenes, minus the humor. Banderas left his wife of eight years, Ana Leza, soon after meeting his costar; a Griffith-Banderas bambino is due in September. ”Melanie is a natural comedian,” says the generous Romeo, who is less confident that his own brand of humor, so artfully shown in Pedro Almodovar films like Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, will work in translation. ”I think I can play a good comedian, but I have to get to the point of being a comedian in English, yeah? The language is not easy.” At least, not as easy as the universal language.

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