Antonio Banderas reteams with Pedro Almodóvar. Comeback sanctioned.
Image Credit: Jim Spellman/WireImage.com Antonio Banderas and his Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! director Pedro Almodóvar will reunite for the film La Piel que Habito (translation: The Skin I Live In). According to The Hollywood Reporter, Almodóvar told the Spanish daily El Pais, “The film will be a terror film, without screams or scares….It’s the harshest film I’ve ever written and Banderas’ character is brutal.” In the movie, based on the Thierry Jonquet novel Tarantula, Banderas will play a plastic surgeon who takes revenge on the man who raped his daughter. Almodóvar said he sees it as a way for both Banderas and himself to stretch. “I could have continued with a puerile guy with an overpowering power of seduction, but this guy [in Skin] is a real psychopath and Antonio, at 50, is perfect for this exercise is something so different from anything I’ve done until now.”
Though he’s done live-action films in recent years — straight-to-DVDs with Morgan Freeman (Code), Meg Ryan (My Mom’s New Boyfriend), and Jennifer Lopez (Bordertown), and the limited release The Other Man with Liam Neeson and Laura Linney — I think it’s safe to say Banderas is currently best known as the voice of Shrek‘s Puss-in-Boots. The last time I saw him in something was when I dragged two friends to see 2006’s Take the Lead (I’m a sucker for dance movies). But with a role opposite Naomi Watts in Woody Allen’s upcoming You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger andthis return to once frequent collaborator Almodóvar, things are looking up. I’m open to a Banderas big-screen comeback. You?