THE PASSIONATE ACCLAIMED ACTOR FROM MALAGA
On August 10th, 1960, José Antonio Domínguez Banderas was born in La Caleta Hospital in Malaga. The son of José and Ana, a policeman and a high-school teacher, he was destined to become the most successful and internationally famous Spanish actor, by the name of Antonio Banderas. An acclaimed Malaga-born artist who has never forgotten his homeland, where he spent the first years of his life.
Antonio always showed a real vocation for the artistic world, which led him to form part of the ARA Theatre School, and later to study at the School of Performing Arts in Málaga (ESAEM).
At the age of 18, and in the midst of Madrid’s youth culture movement, he moves to the capital and starts out performing in small productions, until the director, Pedro Almodóvar, gives him his first big break in the cinema, with Labyrinth of Passion (1982).
After starring in several films, the name Antonio Banderas starts to gain fame, and Madonna requests his participation in her film, In Bed with Madonna (1991). That same year, he began his career in Hollywood, after getting one of the leading roles in The Mambo Kings.
CAREER AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
Banderas’ career is soon unstoppable. Among the many movies in his American filmography, Philadelphia (1993), Interview with the Vampire (1994), Desperado (1995) or The Mask of Zorro (1998) are just a few of the noteworthy titles. His name appears alongside those of acclaimed actors such as Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise or Melanie Griffith, who would later become his wife.
At the same time he is enjoying success as an actor, Antonio Banderas, always known for his strong work ethic, makes his debut as a director with the film Crazy in Alabama (1999). In 2003 he debuts on Broadway with the musical Nine, and a year later, he does the voiceover for the character of Puss in Boots in the Shrek saga. Predecessor by over a decade of the international success of other Spanish actors, such as Penélope Cruz or Javier Bardem, Antonio is the first Spanish actor to be nominated for the Golden Globes, the Tony Awards and the Emmy Awards.
After being named Honorary Citizen of Malaga in 2001, he is awarded the Gold Medal for Merit in the Fine Arts in 2008, and in 2010 he is given an honorary doctorate from the University of Malaga. He also receives the title of Honorary Citizen of Andalusia in 2013, and a year later, he collects an honorary Goya from the Spanish Film Academy, with a moving speech dedicated to his daughter, Stella del Carmen. Two years later, after having worked in countless acclaimed national and foreign films, Banderas proudly collects the National Cinematography Award in recognition of his overall career.
MÁLAGA IN HIS HEART
Always loyal to his origins, Antonio has never lost his attachment to Malaga, and is constantly flying the flag for his city of birth, with which he still maintains a close relationship nowadays.
As well as hosting the Starlite charity gala in Marbella, he normally goes to Holy Week in Malaga with his family every year. He is a brother of the “Archicofradía del Paso y la Esperanza” and of the “Cofradías Fusionadas”, where he participates as “mayordomo del trono” for the “Virgen de Lágrimas y Favores”, for which he holds a special devotion. Accompanied by his partner, Nicole Kimpel, he was seen a few weeks ago in the Palm Sunday procession, where he assured reporters “no matter how many years go by, my feelings will stay the same, because this is the neighbourhood where I grew up”.
Effort, hard work, passion and love for his homeland:
Antonio Banderas holds the secret to success.
Since the premiere of his latest film, Pain and Glory, by Pedro Almódovar, Antonio Banderas has been particularly passionate about the Teatro del Soho Caixabank, which was conceived with the aim of highlighting the city of Malaga as a major cultural centre of national and international relevance. The theatre has a seating capacity of over 900, and there is also a second hall that seats approximately 250, located in the School of Dramatic Arts. Large-scale productions will be performed in the main hall of the theatre, while the school hall is intended for smaller-scale, alternative, independent proposals. Both spaces are equipped with the best lighting, audio systems and infrastructures, making them the perfect venue to host theatre and dance performances as well as concerts, and to become a major cultural hub of the city.
“We’ve created something new, a totally private theatre, where we want to put the American experience into practice, involving institutions, public citizens, businesses and audiences in this cultural venture. It’s a commitment to my homeland and my city,” says Antonio, the founder, promoter and driving force of the theatre.
A CHORUS LINE
The first show that the Teatro del Soho will host is the musical, A Chorus Line, a revival of the original 1975 Broadway production, which will be directed by Baayork Lee and Antonio Banderas himself. The production reflects the experiences of a group of young performers who are auditioning to take part in a musical, and in Málaga Antonio Banderas will be playing the role of Zach, the charismatic director of the show.
The production is presented with a script in Spanish, and after premiering in Málaga in October, it will then go on to Madrid and Barcelona. The musical ran for 15 consecutive years in the USA, and features 26 performers on stage. For Antonio Banderas, “it’s a beautiful tribute to youth, artistic purity, and the inevitable sacrifice that lies behind every artistic career”. Effort, hard work, passion, and love for his homeland. Antonio Banderas holds the secret to success.