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Thursday 24 July 2014

Anaya: Banderas a joker on set

Elena Anaya says Antonio Banderas and Pedro Almodovar are close 'like brothers'

Antonio Banderas doesn't let doing a serious film stop him from having a good time, according to his co-star Elena Anaya.

The up-and-coming Spanish actress and co-star in Pedro Almodovar's The Skin I Live In, revealed that Antonio lightened the mood on set by goofing around while the cameras weren't rolling.

On the red carpet at the movie's UK premiere, she revealed: "He was very funny and in a good mood all the time. Sometimes if a filming period was long and tough and tiring, he never got tired or in a bad mood and that's very nice."

Antonio plays a tortured plastic surgeon who tests his creation of a synthetic skin on a human guinea pig in the film, which has already been praised by critics.

Elena said Antonio and Almodovar were like brothers reunited.

"Pedro and Antonio grew up together and had such an extraordinary life together, so they were like two brothers that ran into each other 20 years later," she said.

She added that Antonio liked to play jokes on set, but on the exact nature of these japes, she said mysteriously: "I can't say..."

Elena also said she's happy to be compared to Penelope Cruz, a favourite actress of director Pedro. She said: "I love Penelope, I met her years ago, she's such an amazing person, and I admire her so much as an actress. All the comparisons we have had is flattering."

Almodovar added: "I think they are similar. I think that she is going to be a big revelation."

The Skin I Live In will be released in British cinemas on August 28.

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