Zorro goes back to his wild roots

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Zorro goes back to his wild roots

SWASHBUCKLING Antonio Banderas will return to his edgy roots in the forthcoming collaboration with Spanish director Pedro Almodovar.

After a 20-year hiatus the famous pair are reuniting for an adaptation of French novelist Thierry Jonquet’s 1995 best-seller Tarantula.

Called The Skin I Live In, the latest project will invoke memories of the Hollywood star’s untamed past.

“He is a man who represents the most absolute abuse of power, a man with no scruples at all, he is a true psychopath.”

“It is the harshest film I have written and Banderas’s character is brutal,” said Almodovar.

“He is a man who represents the most absolute abuse of power, a man with no scruples at all, he is a true psychopath.”

Zorro star Banderas – who hails from Malaga – last teamed up with Almodovar in 1989 to shoot Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down when he was just 22 years old.

Banderas was so excited about the project that he let slip about the collaboration, despite Almodovar planning to announce it at the Cannes Film Festival.

“Antonio is impatient, and I can understand that, I have not been able to keep him quiet any longer,” continued Almodovar.

It took the acclaimed director nine screenplay rewrites over the course of the past decade to finally settle on the big-screen version.

“I am stubborn and I could not abandon this story,” he added. “It will be a horror tale, but without screams or scares.”

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