Antonio Banderas wins best actor at Cannes
- Antonio Banderas took home the gong for best actor at the Cannes Film Festival
- He won the award for his role in Pain & Glory
- The film is roughly based on director Pedro Almodovar's life
- Almodovar and Banderas are friends in real life
Antonio Banderas has won best actor at the Cannes Film Festival for 2019.
He nabbed the award for playing his friend Pedro Almodovar in the director's new movie, Pain & Glory.
According to the 58-year-old Spanish actror, "Almodovar is my mentor. We have been friends for 40-years" Banderas said. "I saw things in the script that I didn't know about him. He was very sincerely confronting himself in front of an audience in the film."
Speaking at the ceremony, Banderas confirmed just how hard making the film had been for him. He described how he had to 'kill' his former self to play the role of an ageing film director modelled on Pedro Almodovar.
Banderas has recently had heart problems, which made making Pain & Gain even more of a challenge. Despite that, the actor said that making the film helped him reassess his acting and personal life.
The film recouts a part-fictionailised journey of director Almodovar's troubled life, including details of a lost love after several decades.
The film also stars Penelope Cruz, who's role was inspired by Almodovar's mother.