Photo: Antonio Banderas
Antonio Banderas on Tuesday in this capital announced the fourth Starlite benefit gala, which will be held on Aug. 10 in the southern Spanish resort city of Marbella and at which the actor will sing with Alejandro Sanz.
During the presentation of the gala, Sanz said in a taped video segment that he was proud to be part of the event and to receive the Starlite Gala 2013 Humanitarian Award.
“Antonio, you’re not going to escape and you’re going to sing a song with me,” he said at the end of the message, to which Banderas then blurted out laughing, “You guys are crazy to make me sing! But for the gala I’ll do whatever. And for a million euros I’ll strip naked.”
Argentine model Valeria Mazza will also receive an award at the gala for her philanthropic work.
Just like every year, the funds collected from the gala will go to the foundation Banderas heads - Lagrimas y Favores - and to the Niños de la Alegria foundation headed by Sandra Garcia-Sanjuan and Mexican businesswoman Alejandra Aleman.
Banderas, who has just finished filming a movie in Bulgaria, added that he appreciates the fact that the artists participating in the gala “work for free.”
The challenge for next year is to open Starlite “to the public so that it can grow,” the actor emphasized, adding that he was sure it would increase its scope and also that the public in Marbella would participate in its aims and in the party associated with it.
Despite being the most recognized face linked with Starlite, as well as its driving force, Banderas attempted to downplay that fact by saying, “It’s a team effort. I couldn’t do anything alone.”