Antonio Banderas: No Pardon for Kissing a Man on the Mouth


PopWrap interviews Antonio Banderas about his career. Banderas recalls that when he was in Law of Desire, kissing a man was more frowned upon than killing one. Likely still true today.

Banderas2 Said Banderas: "Everything changes as you get older — your mind, your body, the way
you view the world. For example the scenes I did with [director Pedro]
Almodovar in the 80's were very tough to play at the time it was not
common for actors to play gay. Many actors thought that if you played
those scenes, everybody would identify you with that role…I felt very early on in my professional life that where there were
limits, there shouldn't have been limits. I remember in 'Law of
Desire,' where I played a homosexual, that people were more upset that
I kissed a man on the mouth than I killed a man. It's interesting to
see how people can pardon you for murdering a man, but they can't
pardon you for kissing one. It's a very interesting approach to
morality in our days, so you see there is an incredible amount of
hypocritical judgment over those things."


  1. Joseph says

    Yeah, that scene where his lifts his legs in the air…that was incredible!

    But he’s so right. It’s horrifying to think that, for so many people, it’s more socially acceptable for a man to kill another man than for a man to kiss another man.

  2. Carlos says

    That movie has one of my favorite scenes of all time. Carme Maura, who plays her sister (but used to be his brother, big family secret), is on her knees, praying (in one hand a cigarette, in the other a rosary) in front of an altar made of virgins (Marilyn Monroe included!). At her side, a girl who strongly believed in the power of praying. Genius!

  3. Bruno says

    There was something so genuine to the portrayal of his relationship with the film director in that movie…it was the first time I’d ever seen a gay interaction portrayed so genuinely and probably one of the few times overall. From my point of view, it was disturbing to feel such empathy/affection for Banderas’ character because he was, after all, a cold blooded killer. That movie is just fantastic.

  4. spanishguy says

    A same-sex kiss in a movie has never been a controversial issue in Spain, it’s frequent even in Tv shows in prime-time, it’s clear that Antonio Banderas is talking about what happens in USA.

  5. Jose says

    Spanishguy, I would agree with your statement except for the “never” part. Things were very different under Franco, and before la Movida (in which Almodovar played such a huge part) changed Spanish culture and Spanish society seemingly 180 degrees overnight, and hopefully forever. I was in Spain in the 60s and early 70s and it was a different country back then.

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