Los Angeles – Spanish actor Antonio Banderas said in an interview appearing in the September issue of Harper's Bazaar that "for good or for bad" he didn't want to be "Madonna's boy" when the singer showed an interest in him in the 1990s.
The Spaniard was in the international spotlight after the artist said she was "crazy about" the Malaga native and said she really wanted to get to know him in the 1991 documentary "Madonna: Truth or Dare," something that Banderas now remembers as "flattering," though he admits being at a loss about how to handle the situation.
"I was afraid of it at the time, because she was a very powerful woman. I didn't want to be Madonna's boy. For good or for bad, I just wanted to have my own career," said the star of the 1995 movie "Desperado."
Banderas was still married to his first wife Ana Leza when, at a dinner in Madrid organized by filmmaker Pedro Almodovar, he was introduced to Madonna, with whom "nothing happened," according to the actor.
"I couldn't speak English at the time. She said a lot of things at the table when we were having dinner I couldn't understand," said Banderas, who soon afterwards made his move to Hollywood, where he would meet his present wife, actress Melanie Griffith.
In 1996 Banderas appeared in "Evita," a musical in which Madonna played Eva Peron.