Antonio Banderas — thespian and cape enthusiast — is getting some of the best reviews of his career, all thanks to his subtle, moving, and shockingly ham-free work in Pain & Glory, a new drama that reunites him with legendary Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar, who gave him his start back in the 1980s. And while he’s been giving incredible interviews as well, showing off a melancholic and philosophical side he rarely gets to exhibit, it was only a matter of time before someone — namely a GQ journalist — asked him about arguably his most famous work in the digital age: that gif of him leaning back at a computer in ecstasy, and pressing his fingers to his mouth as though he was about to give a chef’s kiss.
I interviewed Antonio Banderas! He talked about the new Almodóvar movie, death, Catholicism, and why Puss in Boots is so important to him. Yes I did ask about this GIF. https://t.co/JiZrHvGLsW pic.twitter.com/NAu5SLI2es
— Gabriella Paiella @GMPaiella October 1, 2019
It’s a stray bit from the otherwise forgotten 1995 thriller Assassins, in which he battled Sylvester Stallone and Julianne Moore. The internet has a funny habit of extracting random moments from movies, television, what-have-you, stripping them of context and making them ubiquitous; just ask the social media sharks who didn’t realize one of their favorite gifs was of Robert Redford, lifted from the classic 1972 outdoors drama Jeremiah Johnson.
In any case, Banderas — whose Twitter account is pretty formal, just sticking to movie releases and public appearances — knows he’s “internet famous,” on top of being regular famous. While speaking with GQ’s Gabriella Paiella, the subject of the Assassins gif was broached. He said he’s aware hundreds, thousands, maybe millions share it daily, and, no, he doesn’t seem to totally get it.
“I don’t totally understand this new generation and those memes things and those stuff,” Banderas said. “It’s fun, I guess.” But he played along, putting on his glasses to watch the gif with Paiella, even acting out the bit for her, which must have been mind-bending.
Assassins was one of six American films he made that year, back when he was first becoming a household name on this side of the Atlantic. The others, for the record, were Miami Rhapsody, Desperado, Never Talk to Strangers, Two Much, and a segment of the anthology film Four Rooms. Banderas spoke briefly about his experiences, saying it was also around the time he first got together with Melanie Griffith, whom he married the following year.
The revelation caused much using of the gif in question, including by Banderas himself.
Pain & Gain offers a side of Banderas few Americans have seen — one devoid of bombastic flourishes and breathy line readings and wide-eyed facial tics. It’s the kind of “adult” performance he’s never been given the chance to make, and it’ll probably shock those who mostly know him from his gif or from Puss in Boots, and perhaps aren’t even sure it’s Antonio Banderas.
The New Mutants is finally about to hit theaters unless the coronavirus changes that, and a long time ago, it was supposed to be the first in a proposed trilogy. That all changed when Disney acquired 20th Century Fox and turned it into 20th Century Studios. Now, New Mutants is likely to be a standalone film – but had the trilogy plan remained intact, a post-credit scene was going to be included featuring Antonio Banderas as villain Emmanuel da Costa.
Who is Emmanuel da Costa? In the comics, he’s the father of the New Mutant character Sunspot, and a ruthless businessman who joined the Hellfire Club. In the upcoming The New Mutants movie, Sunspot appears as a character played by Henry Zaga. And according to director Josh Boone, the original plan was to set up Sunspot’s evil father for the sequel.
“We had always planned to have a tag at the end of the movie that introduced the villain for the next movie,” Boone told EW. “We even had an actor cast, but because of the merger and because Marvel owns X-Men now and is going to do their own thing, there was no reason to go shoot it.” That actor Boone mentions being cast was none other than Antonio Banderas.
But unfortunately, none of this came to pass. When the Fox-Disney merger happened, any hopes for Boone’s proposed New Mutants trilogy went out the window. Boone also revealed that characters Karma and Warlock were going to be in the sequel:
“Karma was always going to be the villain in the second movie that would be absorbed into the group by the end. We had always wanted to bring Karma and Warlock into the second one when we couldn’t do it in the first one. For us, we wanted that initial core team [for the first movie]. We just couldn’t swap out Illyana. We felt like there was no reason to do [the movie] if we couldn’t bring that character to life in the first one.”
If all of this sounds pretty cool to you…sorry. It’s not going to happen. But hey, at least the first New Mutants film is finally going to see the light of day! That’s something! The film stars Anya Taylor-Joy as Magik, Maisie Williams as Wolfsbane, Henry Zaga as Sunspot, Blu Hunt as Dani Moonstar, and Charlie Heaton as Cannonball. Look for it in theaters April 3, 2020. Unless that changes.
STX Entertainment has secured distribution rights in North America, Latin America, and China for a thriller called Gunpowder Milkshake.
Karen Gillan Guardians of the Galaxy, Jumanji sequels, Angela Bassett Black Panther, Mission: Impossible – Fallout, Lena Headey Game of Thrones, 300, Michelle Yeoh Crazy Rich Asians; Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Carla Gugino Sin City, Watchmen, and Chloe Coleman Big Little Lies, the upcoming comedy My Spy all star in a story about multiple generations of female assassins.
The Hollywood Reporter brings the news that STX Entertainment has paid at least $10 million in a deal with Studiocanal and UTA Independent Film Group at the European Film Market for key distribution rights to the brilliantly-titled Gunpowder Milkshake. Specific details about the plot remain scarce, but the movie will reportedly follow “three generations of female assassins who, over the course of a single night, fight to stop a cycle of violence.” Paul Giamatti 2002’s Thunderpants, please don’t look it up, you’ll instantly regret it is also on board as part of the ensemble cast.
Navot Papushado and Ehud Lavski, who co-directed the Israeli revenge film Big Bad Wolves which earned the public approval of Quentin Tarantino, are reuniting for this project. The duo co-wrote Gunpowder Milkshake together, and Papushado is directing it solo this time around; it will mark his English-language directing debut.
Studiocanal financed the movie, which was produced by The Picture Company The Commuter, Alpha, Leigh Whannell’s upcoming remake of Escape From New York, and Studiocanal will distribute the film across the rest of the world. THR says STX “is thought to be planning a wide theatrical release for the film in the U.S. and will go through the company’s existing partners in Canada and Latin America and through a partner distributor in China.” Those territories seem like a big “get” for STX – especially China, which, broadly speaking, seems to be receptive to American action thrillers. Of course, this purchase could backfire on STX Entertainment if the coronavirus isn’t contained soon in China, because we’ve already seen other studios cancel premieres there and even temporarily pull films from planned distribution because of the deadly disease. Obviously that’s the least important thing to consider when thousands of people are dying, but it’s worth mentioning as a potential risk.
Okay, I’m sorry: can we go back to Thunderpants for a second? Young Rupert Grint Ron Weasley from the Harry Potter films plays a scientist kid ? whose best friend has the ability to fart so intensely ?? that he can launch a spaceship with his flatulence ???. This trailer begins in progress, but even though the beginning...