I’ve worked with Antonio Banderas twice. The first time was for his directorial debut, “Crazy in Alabama” in 1998. The second time I worked with him was on “Original Sin” where he was the star along with Angelina Jolie in the year 2000. Antonio is warm, loving and giving. Half the crew on “Crazy in Alabama” was Spanish brought in by Antonio, and they were equally warm and full of love.
My first day to start prepping for “Crazy in Alabama” was Antonio’s first day. My main office was four doors down from his. His assistant and people who I had been talking to before we started to prep notified me that they were on their way. When they arrived, I went out to greet them and they formed a gracious circle around me. I made them comfortable, told them jokes and relaxed them. They were chiming in and asking questions feeling right at home. We became instant friends! It wasn’t difficult as they were all so warm loving and charming. Much different than the distance of jaded L.A. folks.
I was aware of a guy standing on my right laughing at my silly jokes. This guy then asked if I was Kevin. I looked over and realized Antonio Banderas had been standing next to me the whole time with a huge smile graciously listening to my rants. I said, “I am. I saw you perform the Phantom of the Opera the other night on something.” He exclaims, “Ohhh I was sooo nervous.” I said, “No, it didn’t show, you were fantastic and composed.”
It was my birthday about four days into starting this gig. On the day of my birthday, Antonio and the crew came around me with a couple musicians, a cake and flowers and sang Happy Birthday to me. First they sang it in English and then went right into singing it in Spanish while handing me one flower at a time. I was blown away by this warm, loving exuberance. I had just finished working on three Michelle Pfeiffer films back to back and her sets are typically dark, moody and withdrawn (uh kinda like me. ha). So this was the counter opposite. I was awestruck by the outpouring of love. I hadn’t even been there a week yet! They took an instant liking and made me feel like I was home.
This would set the precedence of how the shoot was going to be. Antonio and his crew were constantly leaving gifts for me at my door. Antonio himself kept having flowers delivered to me throughout the film shoot. This is not unusual for a man to give another man flowers. Where he comes from they don’t have the hang up issues that others do. The flowers are a term of love and gratitude.
The only complaint I would say was his smoking. Man does the boy smoke everywhere. I got him one of those ashtray’s that suck in the smoke. I went into his office one day and said, “Look no offense I know you love your cigarettes, but can you at least use this.” He laughed and complied and used it for the duration of the shoot.
“I receive tons of questions on how I got a job in the Entertainment business and stayed there. There are a couple of chapters in my book, “Reaching for the Warrior Within” that touches on my trek in the Entertainment Industry and how I got in at that early age of 23.”
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