Actors Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek collaborated again on the hit animated film Puss in Boots. But Banderas joked that promoting the hit film risked causing a rift between the two longtime friends.
Salma Hayek once joked that she piggybacked Antonio Banderas’ career
Hayek and Banderas have known each other for over two decades. In a way, Banderas was there to see the beginning of the superstar career Hayek enjoys today. Speaking to Today, Hayek revealed that Banderas has been very supportive while working together on their breakout hit Desperate.
“My very first screen test was with Antonio,” she said.
Hayek’s career only blossomed after that. Since then, the couple has filmed several joint projects. Hayek joked that she was fortunate that Banderas’ career was as successful as it was for its own sake.
“I just feel very fortunate to have been able to piggyback on Antonio’s superstar career. Thank goodness he’s doing so well because every time he gets a movie I can sneak in, even if it’s a cameo. I think that’s how things happen. I’m sure someone else will sneak in about it. It’s a good chain,” Hayek once told Collider.
Hayek and Banderas also worked together for the Puss in Boots movies. The animated features starred Banderas as the title character, who originally appeared in shrek 2 as a talking cat. To have been only a supporting character in the second Shrek Film admitted Banderas that the character’s longevity came as a surprise.
“In the beginning it was a recurring character. I didn’t know he was going to have a long career that’s now 10 years old,” Banderas said.
Hayek would join Banderas shrek Spin-off as the character Kitty Softpaws. And as much as the two enjoyed each other during filming, promoting the film was another matter. Due to a combination of exhaustion and asking the same questions, Banderas admitted the press run was taking its toll.
“We traveled to nine countries, nine firsts, three different continents… It was fun and difficult too. It’s just weird when you give interviews,” he once said, according to FemaleFirst. “Basically, they keep asking you the same question … and you answer the same thing … and when you’re doing couple interviews — because Salma and I were just doing interviews together all along — it’s just weird.”
He joked that this eventually led to him and Hayek briefly turning against each other.
“When we were in Rome, we kind of started hating each other,” he said. “When we were in Sydney we wanted to kill each other – because we knew exactly what the other was doing [person] wanted to answer. We were just so tired.”
But the frustration only lasted during the press run, and afterward, Banderas joked that he and Hayek were making love again.
Salma Hayek sobbed before her ‘Desperado’ love scenes with Antonio Banderas
Hayek didn’t have the most comfortable time with Banderas during one of their first projects together. When she received the script for Desperate, there were no love scenes with her character. But much to Hayek’s dismay, a love scene was later written into it because of Hayek and Banderas’ impressive performances.
“It was requested by the studio when they saw the chemistry,” she said in a 2022 interview with Dax Shepard armchair expert podcast. “I had a really, really hard time with it.”
She reluctantly agreed to do the scene, but when the time came, she couldn’t contain her true feelings about it. Banderas’ reaction to the intimate setting only increased Hayek’s concerns.
“As we were about to start filming, I started sobbing,” Hayek said. “One of the things I was afraid of was Antonio because he was an absolute gentleman and super nice and we’re still very close friends, but he was very free. So it scared me that it was like nothing to him.”
Hayek was able to do the scene thanks to the support of Banderas, the director and others. But to date, she found that particular moment in the film difficult to watch because of the memory.
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