Antonio Banderas & Salma Hayek promote Puss In Boots’ origin story at Cannes


These are some new photos of Antonio Banderas and Salma “Carmen Miranda Ain’t Got Nothing On Me” Hayek doing a photo call thing at the Cannes Film Festival today. Both Antonio and Salma are doing voice work for the new Shrek spinoff animated film, Puss in Boots. Can I just say? I’m THRILLED that Puss got a spinoff. He’s hilarious and wonderful, and Antonio’s voice work for the character is lovely. Anyway, Salma and Antonio sat down from some wonderful interviews to promote the film – which is out in November. Here’s a good one:

Getting older in Hollywood and being Hispanic, they are no longer the limitations they once were, say Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek. After all, they wonder, when have Hispanic actors ever landed such big feline roles as the leads in the animated adventure “Puss in Boots”?

“When I started out, Hispanic roles were very limited,” Hayek said Wednesday at the Cannes Film Festival, where she and Banderas joined DreamWorks Animation overseers to show off footage of “Puss in Boots,” a “Shrek” spinoff coming this November. “Roles were very limited. There were one or two kinds of characters you used to do. Now we get to play the cats! It’s OK to be a Hispanic, even if you are a cat.”

“Cats were British, normally,” Banderas added at a question-and-answer session alongside Hayek after the footage screened.

“I feel very proud, actually,” Banderas said of his role in expanding the types of parts open to Hispanic performers. “I never pretended when I first went to Hollywood to be a guy from Oklahoma. I am what I am. And fortunately, the Spanish community in the United States has grown in the last 22 years that I have been there. There has been an explosion in Hollywood, which is a reflection of the society in which we live.”

After the footage showed, Banderas and Hayek headed to a pier along the Mediterranean beach, where they posed for photos on a giant pair of boots bearing the movie’s title. Banderas reprises his voice role from the last three “Shrek” films, providing the voice of Puss in Boots, the tiny cat with the big heart, big ideas and bigger ego.

A prequel chronicling Puss’ adventures before meeting ogre Shrek, the movie has the cat as an outlaw, looking to pull off a big score. But his scheme is interrupted by another calculating cat, Kitty Softpaws (voiced by Hayek), who is in league with Puss’ pal-turned-foe Humpty Dumpty (Zach Galifianakis), as they try to swipe the magic beans of the “Jack and the Beanstalk” fairy tale from beastly bandits Jack and Jill (Billy Bob Thornton and Amy Sedaris).

Age is another Hollywood barrier Banderas and Hayek feel they have skirted.

Banderas proudly called out his age, 50, while Hayek, 44, said this is the best time in her career, with four movies in the works this year and the work more enjoyable than ever.

“What makes you feel old is when you are not excited about life. You are not excited anymore about what you do, and you cannot do it as well,” Hayek said. “I do feel my body beginning to — like, I need glasses now when I read my scripts. I wear them, but I’m happy to wear them and happy that I still get to read my scripts. So it’s not been so bad. They scared me. They told me, ‘Forget it. At 30, it’s over for you.’ And it has not been the case. It feels great to age in Hollywood.”

[From The Washington Post]

So cute. Wait, have cats traditionally been British? Is that a thing I was unaware of? When I’m voicing my mother’s cats’ personalities (you know how you do, don’t judge me), they always talk like snobbish little kids. Especially Charlie, or “Gaga Kitty” as I now call him. “I was born this way, Mother,” I tell my mom as I hold up Gaga Kitty, who is a chunkster.

But seriously, a Puss in Boots origin story? I’m so there.




Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. brin says:

    Great news! Kaiser shouldn’t your mom’s cats have a Southern drawl? My dogs and cats do. My one dog is a real redneck…lol!

  2. Jeanette says:

    Man he has aged so well..I nominate for hgf..WHICH WE DID NOT GET LAST WEEK!!! Yum..yum…oooh hes hot…

  3. fabgrrl says:

    Those two would have made a HOT couple.

  4. EdithP says:

    That’s kind of an awful dress, but she looks fabulous anyway.

  5. Neve says:

    love the fact he’s rockin a teen beady necklace=p

  6. Abby says:

    I think he was joking about the cat voices. What about the aristocats? No british cats there!

    Confession. I am 27, and Puss is my FAVORITE cartoon character. Seriously love him. Probably because I have cats. Also, Antonio has one of the hottest voices of all male celebrities IMO–right up there with matt mcconaghey, Heath Ledger and Alan Rickman.

    I can’t wait for this movie.

  7. flounder says:

    Is it just me, or does her dress have folding creases on it?

    Also, @Abby, you and I are in the same boat! I love puss almost as much as my 2 cats. Antonio’s voice is oh so yummy.

  8. Rasputina says:

    Your MOM’s an awful dress!
    Though I’d prefer it on someone with less rackage. No rapping on Salma’s wonderful pair of boobs, but leather’s unforgiving when you’ve got prominent curves.

  9. mia girl says:

    Sexiest Movie Ever Nomination:
    “¡Átame!” aka “Tie Me Up Tie Me Down”
    A young Antonio Banderas – go rent immediately.

  10. Eve says:

    I love Puss in Boots too, probably because I’m diehard cat person — so I’m glad whenever I see a cat portrayed in a positive light. I seriously hate the usual “heroic dogs versus evil cats” type of movie — I refuse to watch them because I refuse to help perpetuating this misconception.

    I grew up listening to crap like “cats aren’t loyal” (never felt they weren’t), “cats will give you asthma” (never had it, even though I’ve been “snorggling” cats since I can remember), “cats only stay with you for food” (no, they will love you and be grateful when you rescue and take care of them) and so on…

    So, when I saw Puss in Boots, and that the character became even more popular than Donkey, I was really happy. There haven’t been many times where I could see cartoon cats being cool and popular, instead of dumbasses that are eventually beaten by sadistic birds with a diction problem or by mouses who are amazingly smarter than them.

  11. Eve says:

    Seriously, I wish I knew the list of words I can’t use in a post — in order to avoid being moderated all the effing time.

  12. Newbie says:

    Don’t really like either of their outfits, but oh well. I like both of them as actors. Although didn’t he do a Spy Kids flick? Yikes. She is beautiful.

  13. mia says:

    He’s probably referring to Milo and Otis, and the Siamese cats in 101 Dalmatians.

  14. Bee says:

    @Eve I completely agree with you! I love cats and anti-cat propaganda drives me crazy. I also hate the cats vs. dogs thing, for which is a better pet. People should be able to love and appreciate both. Cats rule!

  15. Eve says:

    @ Bee:

    Right? The anti-cat propaganda (loved the term, by the way) is really annoying, to say the least. Yes, the least, because cats are often mistreated based on that assumption (that they’re evil creatures who will never love us).

    Some people say they don’t like or can’t stand cats when in fact they’ve never had them as pets. They say that because they were taught to think that way.

    I used to be a regular on Popsugar and one day I checked a girl’s profile — I only noticed it because her cat looked EXACTLY like my Bartholomew, so I posted something about the resemblance (uncanny, I tell you). Anyway, on her profile she posted her cat’s really sweet story (of how she rescued him from a road — she found him while he was crawling on a road, on her way back home, and the poor thing had a broken leg, which had to be amputated later). But the most beautiful thing I read was (something like, can’t remember the exact words) “I love him, and he’s nothing like what I was made to believe about cats during my whole life”.

  16. Bee says:

    @Eve That was a great story about the woman who adopted her cat. It made me tear up over here. I’ve heard the same thing from people. So many times people don’t like cats based on the prejudices they’ve formed about them. My aunt used to hate cats until she met mine. I was reading some stories about people who adopted cats, on-line one day. One woman found an emaciated cat in her yard. At first she was hesitant to approach the cat because she’d always hated them. But, when she called out to the cat it ran up to her, started purring, and the woman immediately fell in love. It was a beautiful story. When people say they hate cats it just makes my blood boil. Cats are wonderful, loyal and loving animals.