Antonio Banderas Gets Christmas Cards from the Presidential Secret Service [AUDIO]
Antonio Banderas called in to “On Air with Ryan Seacrest” on Friday to talk about his new movie “Haywire,” what it was that he said to Ricky Gervais at the Golden Globes, and getting Christmas cards for the Secret Service.
As we prepare for a visit from Vice President Joe Biden, Antonio recalled his experience from when President Barack Obama visited his home. “The house, when the President came here was taken by the Secret Service for a week and half. We actually became very good friends with them and even for Christmas they sent postcards. It was an unbelievable experience, as you might imagine,” he tells us.
Last week on the Golden Globes you may have heard Ricky Gervais crack a joke about Antonio’s accent. If you missed it, check out Antonio’s response above [skip to 3:18]:
“I understand that I have an accent. I learned English when I was 31-years old, that particular moment I felt that I should revindicate the Spanish language and then just recite a poem from a play that I did many years ago from Calderón de la Barca,” Antonio explained. He tells us the poem actually about taking someone prisoner. So, he says it was literally directed to Ricky.
In his new movie “Haywire,” Antonio plays an interesting strange villain. “It’s elegant, it has a little scent of that kind of action movies that were done in the 70s. It is different than the action movies that are done today,” he says of the film.
The main difference being that the action hero is a woman, played by newcomer Gina Carano. “People are going to be just amazed at what she is capable to do. At the same time, this woman that never acted before is a good actress, and is sexy,” Antonio says. “She was very confident to put herself in the hands of a very experienced, and talented man like Steven [Soderbergh].”