Actor and director Antonio Banderas arrives on the red carpet for the screening of the film "The Paperboy" in competition at the 65th Cannes Film Festival, May 24, 2012. (Photo : REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier)
Antonio Banderas will make headlines next year as he plays the role of Pablo Picasso in the new movie "33 Dias".
Earlier this year Antonio Banderas announced that he will play the role of Pablo Picasso in Carlos Saura's "33 Dias" (33 Days). Variety is reporting that the title 33 days refers to the time Picasso spent on his masterpiece mural "Guernica," which captured his reaction to the destruction of Basque town of Guernica in 1937 by the Nazi Luftwaffe during the Spanish Civil War.
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Of his new role Banderas spoke to the Spanish newspaper El Pais and stated that Picasso "is a character that has pursued me for a long time and I always rejected." He also said that "He deserves a lot of respect. I was born four blocks from where he was born."
Antonio Banderas was born in Malaga-Andulucia, Spain, just a few blocks away from Picasso's birthplace."If you grew up in Malaga and were even a little creative, you ended up under the enormous shadow of his talent. I know I did," said Banderas to Aspen Speak Magazine.
"Picasso made everybody in that region think deeply about what they could contribute what talent they had inside, whether or not they had the stuff of greatness." The film will detail Picasso's struggle to complete Guernica. The French and Spanish language production will also star Gwyneth Paltrow and will begin filming next summer in Paris and Guernica. Banderas will appear next in "Ruby Sparks" which opens in limited release on July 25th.
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