Banderas’ beauty is famous, but take a closer look at her features – a slim face adorned with sharp cheekbones and piercing eyes, but with a kind smile. It’s no surprise that he’s equally compelling as a charming hero or sinister villain – somehow he looks perfect in both parts. He also has the acting talent to excel in both roles. The man can be anything – an action star, a dramatic actor, a romantic lead or a comedian.
Watch “Mask of Zorro,” where he does all four in the same character: outlaw Alejandro Murrieta trained in the next Zorro by the original Don Diego de La Vega (Anthony Hopkins). The only moment in the film that left me in disbelief was when Murrieta and his mentor doubt that he could be a real gentleman – are you telling us that it will be difficult for Antonio Banderas to charm people?
Nonetheless, Murrieta is initially out of his depth as a swashbuckler – count the number of times he fails to properly mount his horse. Banderas is hilarious when he’s confused, because even then he never loses his tongue or his sharp wit. With his comedic chops, it’s no surprise that he parodies Zorro by voicing Puss in Boots in the “Shrek” series.