Antonio Banderas: My "Intense" Role Affected My Behavior at Home

The actor says wife Melanie Griffith couldn't understand why he was behaving strangely until she finally saw his new movie

For a few months Melanie Griffith believed something was wrong with husband Antonio Banderas, and she just couldn't understand why he was acting so strangely.

But after Griffith saw her husband's performance in Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar's new psychological thriller The Skin I Live In, she finally got why the intense portrayal was affecting him at home.

"When Melanie watched the movie in Toronto, something interesting happened," Banderas said at the film's New York Film Festival premiere Oct. 12. "That night, when we got to the hotel, she was just looking at me weird ... and she said to me, 'Now I understand why you acted like that the last three months of your life!' "

In the film, the 51-year-old actor plays Dr. Robert Ledgar, a brilliant plastic surgeon whose wife commits suicide after being burned in a car accident. The doctor becomes so obsessed with developing a "second skin" that doesn't burn that he takes a woman hostage to test the skin on her.

"I said, 'What are you talking about?' She said, 'Yeah, you still have some remains of the character inside you.' Which, in a certain way is true ... It was so intense. It was so difficult," Banderas said.

Although it was a difficult role to play, Banderas added that reuniting with Almodóvar after 21 years was exactly what the doctor ordered.

"At this particular time in my life, I needed that," he said.

The Skin I Live In opens in limited cities on Oct. 14.

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