It took a legendary actor to convince Antonio Banderas he could pull off what would become one of his most memorable roles.
Banderas starred in 1998’s The Mask of Zorro alongside Anthony Hopkins, and while appearing on PeopleTV’s Couch Surfing, the 57-year-old actor recalled a worrisome day filming together.
Noticing his costar’s anxiety, Hopkins asked Banderas what he was so bothered about. Unsatisfied with Banderas’ response, Hopkins pulled aside his costar, placed him directly in front of a mirror, and asked him what he saw.
Banderas answered, “Me.” Hopkins disagreed. He saw someone else in the mirror.
“He said, ‘No, you see Zorro. You don’t have to do anything. Just walk, man. Just say the lines. Just throw them away. You’re Zorro,’ Banderas says.
Banderas, currently starring as Pablo Picasso on Nat Geo’s Genius, says he appreciated advice from someone as “wise” as Hopkins, adding they had “a great time” filming together.
Watch the video above as Banderas looks back on the movie, 20 years later.