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4B - The Michigan Daily - W ehcU, e. - Thursday, November 2, 1995

International sex symbol Banderas crosses borders
Acclaimed Spanish actor makes a splash in the states

By Kristin Long
Daily Arts Writer
He's mean, he's lean and he's the
hottest new thing to hit the big screen.
Antonio Banderas is taking film au-
diences across America on the ride of
their lives. Is he the next Tom Cruise?
The next Denzel Washington? All we
know for sure is that this vibrant
actor is taking Hollywood by storm;
he gives fans a new sex symbol on
which to feast their eyes.
Perhaps most remember him first

playing Tom Hanks' companion in the
critically acclaimed 1993 film, "Phila-
delphia." But his career began long be-
fore that film. Over 43 films, Banderas
has caught Hollywood's attention. Un-
der Spanish director Pedro Almodovar,
Banderas starred in films such as
"Women on the Verge of a Nervous
Breakdown" (1988) and "Tie Me Up!
Tie Me Down!" (1990) for which he
earned the Spanish equivalent of a Best
Actor Oscar nomination.
With his American debut in the

1992's "The Mambo Kings,"
Banderas seized the opportunity to
add to a resume that already included
over 30 Spanish-language films at the
time. In this film, American audi-
ences got their first glimpse of the
actor as he portrayed an immigrant
Cuban musician.
But his American career really took
flight afterhis monumental role as com-
passionate Miguel Alvarez in Jonathan
Demme's "Philadelphia." Then last
year, he took his suave and debonair
style up against Hollywood hunks Tom
Cruise and Brad Pitt in the haunting
"Interview with the Vampire." Besides
these Hollywood blockbusters,
Banderas performed in such smaller-
scale pictures as "The House of the
Spirits" (1993) with Meryl Streep, and
in this year's "Miami Rhapsody" oppo-
site Sarah Jessica Parker.
With four films thus far in 1995 and
another five coming soon, Banderas
has quickly become a household name.
This year he has played everything
from a psychopathic killer who chal-
lenges professional murderer
Sylvester Stallone in Richard
Donner's "Assassins" to a love-hun-
gry Cuban nurse in the aforemen-
tioned "Miami Rhapsody."
His wild adventures continued in his
role as a violent Mariachi in director
Robert Rodriguez's pulp western, "Des-
perado." He also appeared opposite
Rebecca De Mornay in the recently-
released thriller "Never Talk to Strang-
ers."
One should not find it a surprise
that Banderas' daily planner is al-
ready filled with major upcoming
events. His future entails a pair of
films by Rodriguez. "Four Rooms"
utilizes the talents of Rodriguez,

"Look, just because I'm dating ultra-ditz Melanie Griffith doesn't mean I can't play
sensitive roles like Miguel in 'Philidelphia.'"

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