Before meeting on “the skin i live in”, “Les Amants transients” and the poignant “Pain and Glory”, Antonio Banderas and Pedro Almodóvar did not work together for more than twenty years. The filmmaker took the time to forgive the actor for one of his professional decisions.
pain and glory: fictional self-portrait of a tormented filmmaker
Three years later JulietPedro Almodóvar signs in 2019 another moving film with pain and glory. An extremely personal feature film, like The Law of Desire and The bad education, is centered on a director.
Recognized filmmaker frightened at the idea of no longer being able to devote himself to a new project, Salvador Mallo (Antonio Banderas) suffers from intense physical pain. Having trouble leaving his home, the artist recalls important moments in his life, starting with his childhood in Paterna with his mother Jacinta (Penélope Cruz). His daily life is turned upside down when he finds Alberto Crespo (Asier Etxeandia), an actor with whom he had a passionate love affair before their estrangement.
It is easy to think that Pedro Almodóvar makes his self-portrait with pain and glory, which the poster suggests. But according to him, the film contains a lot of fiction. Questioned by the percentage of the veracity of the account by the Belgian version of Metro the director explained in 2019:
I can’t give a percentage. Some things are real, some fictitious. I didn’t fall madly in love with the young mason in my childhood, but it could have happened, I never had a cruel conversation with my mother, but it could have happened too. I’ve never lived in a cave, but I know how it feels to have to move. And like the boy in the film, I lived in a colorful parallel world, even though post-war Spain was mostly misery. The starting point is my reality, and after that becomes fiction.
When Pedro Almodóvar felt “betrayed” by Antonio Banderas
One of the aspects of his personal life from which he may have drawn inspiration for his feature film is his friendly relationship with Antonio Banderas. As related The JDDPedro Almodóvar offered the actor a role in 1991 in Kika. The latter prefers to try your luck in the United States with The Mambo Kings. The filmmaker then warns the actor, who remembers:
Pedro had very harsh words: ‘Hollywood will crush you, you will waste your talent. I would have warned you…’
Antonio Banderas clarifies:
He had created me, I was kind of his thing. He saw my departure as a betrayal, it took him time to forgive me.
If they do not completely break contact in the following years, Pedro Almodóvar shows up very hard on the career of Antonio Banderas. They regularly evoke the desire to collaborate again together, braked several times according to the actor:
In 1998, after the preview of the Zorro mask, he told me: ‘You will become so expensive that we will never be able to work together again’. He had found the perfect excuse! But over time, we become more reasonable. And the desire to make beautiful cinema is stronger than anything.
A life-saving reunion
The artistic reunion takes place in 2011 with the disturbing The skin that lives, in which Antonio Banderas embodies one of his most complex characters. This experience turns out to save for the actor which ensures 20 minutes in 2019:
I was arrogant and he put me in my place. I must have lost all the habits I had picked up without him.
For his part, Pedro Almodóvar believes that their meeting, and more particularly pain and glory gave a new breath to the filmography of the actor. The press kit quoted by Allocinatedhe assures :
I think that’s the best Antonio has done since Tie Me Up! Pain and Glory testifies in my opinion to the rebirth of Antonio as an actor and the beginning of a new stage.