Salma Hayek and Antonio Banderas are celebrating a “cinematic Spanish dictatorship”…
During the premiere of Dreamwork’s animated 3-D film, “Puss in Boots”—at what’s been dubbed as the first-ever film premiere on water—the 45-year-old Mexican actress and 51-year-old Spanish actor announced that the movie’s producers had given the popular 17th century French fairy tale a Latin twist, making it much more relevant for multicultural audiences in the United States.
“We killed the French entirely and made it Spanish,” joked Banderas at the red carpet premiere aboard Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas cruise ship, docked in Fort Lauderdale. “It’s a cinematic Spanish dictatorship.”
In the “prequel” to the highly popular “Shrek” movie franchise, Banderas voices the title feline, while Hayek voice co-adventurer Kitty Softpaws. “Puss in Boots” expands on the role first developed for those movies and predates Puss’ encounter with the jolly green ogre, telling the story of how the oh-so-charming cat became known as a legendary outlaw, notorious fighter and lover.
“I never suspected that the character was going to be a star and have his own movie,” admits Banderas.
The movie opens nationwide on October 28.