Antonio Banderas' Puss inspiration

December 13th, 2011

Puss in Boots is based on many of Antonio Banderas' previous roles.

The 51-year-old actor plays the swashbuckling titular character in the 3-D animated movie and revealed there are elements of other people he has played - including dashing outlaw Zorro - in his portrayal of the feisty cat.

He said: " I think that creative people, scriptwriters, our director and everybody who is involved in the movie, they try to get from you a lot of your own personal features. So I may have something of my character, and also they made references to characters that I have played in the past like 'Zorro', 'Desperado', 'The 13th Warrior', epic characters that I have played. So, I suppose that there is something there, because I have been doing this for 10 years, so more and more I can see a little bit more of me every three years in this character."

Antonio has worked with his co-star and close friend Salma Hayek many times in the past and said it made recording the voices for their 3-D characters easier because they know each other so well.

He said: "We know each other very well. When I knew what lines were coming and I knew Salma would be saying them, I knew more or less what she was going to do with those lines, so I just tried to bounce off her. We fight very well on-screen I think. We can produce a lot of comedy in the soft fights between a man and a woman and by sticking to the rules of what we do. I didn't want to push her down, either... he's not a macho character. He likes to have a woman in front of him that can fight as hard as him, or dance."

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