Photo: Antonio Banderas
Antonio Banderas on Thursday dazzled the Russian media and public attending the presentation of his latest project, the animated film “Justin and the Knights of Valor.”
“We already have very good audiences in the three countries where it has been screened, the United Kingdom, Czech Republic and Spain, and I’m sure that the same thing will happen here, in Russia, which in recent years has become an incredible market for film,” said the actor at a packed press conference.
“We wanted to remember the courageous children and principles such as honor, loyalty and the ability ... to find your path without taking into account the obstacles you may encounter,” added the Spanish actor, who produced the film and provided the voice of one of the characters.
Banderas joked with reporters, posed for photos and broke on several occasions with the protocol that the Russian organizers had intended to maintain.
He did not hesitate to please a Ukrainian girl, who introduced herself as Rosa, and she took advantage of the question session to tell him that “since I was a little girl I’ve dreamed of Antonio Banderas giving me a kiss.”
Despite the protests of the organizers, Banderas, with a “Good morning, Rosa,” in Spanish, invited the young girl to the podium and gave her the much longed-for kiss and a hug.
“I don’t understand people without a sense of humor. I can’t have friends who don’t have a sense of humor ... I think that a sense of humor is equivalent to irony, and irony should be equivalent to intelligence,” the actor said later in remarks to Efe.