HOLLYWOOD – Desperado and Puss in Boots star Antonio Banderas has signed up to appear in Pedro Almodovar’s Julio Iglesias bipic Begin the Beguine.
The Evita actor said that he would be happy to be acting in Spanish once more:
All I’ve had recently are Italian biscuit adverts and although I’ve enjoyed talking to the comedy hen, I haven’t felt very stretched.
What is your relationship to Julio Iglesias?
I have always been a huge fan. Julio has had hit after hit and is one of the biggest selling artists of all time. He released over 80 albums and he had a lot of sex. I mean a lot.
Will that be in the film?
Yes, certainly. The first thing Pedro said to me before I even read the script was that Julio’s father was the youngest gynecologists in Spain. I don’t know what I should take from that, but then I read the script.
Have you met Julio and what does he think of the project?
He’s delighted but a little cautious. Naturally. He lives in Miami now, so I went down to see him and I watched him, trying to get the way he holds himself and walks. He gave me singing lessons and we even went to a brothel where they have those mirrors so that I could see how he… It was an inspiration.
Begin the Beguine will be released in 2015.