Antonio Banderas Owes His Life To A Heroic Drag Queen Who Stopped Traffic To Save His Life
Antonio Banderas is one of the most iconic actors to ever live. He has played a long series of characters spanning time, ideologies, and sexual orientations. However, Banderas recently shared a story that suggests his storied career might not have ever happened.
In a recent interview, Banderas recently admitted that he was in a horrific accident when he was a teenager.
Banderas recently spoke to The Independent and the interview started with a story about how a drag queen came to his rescue. Banderas was only about 16 years old at the time and continues to thank and think about the drag queen who came to his rescue.
“It was 1976,” Banderas recalls to The Independent.
“And the front wheel of my motorbike went into a ditch and, boom! I hit a car and my head hit the tank. Bam! Then this person who was working a corner for clients, came from nowhere, got in the middle of the road and stopped a car to take me to hospital,” Banderas told The Independent.”The kickstand got me here [in the calf]. Blood everywhere. You could see the bone.”
That’s right. A 16-year-old Banderas owes his life to a drag queen who drove him to the hospital after a motorbike accident.
We don’t know who the drag queen is and Banderas didn’t give any more details other than the rescue. However, it is pretty cool to hear Banderas recall a story from so long ago that many never knew.
The interview was for Banderas’s new role in “Pain and Glory” where he plays a gay man.
“I don’t really know,” Banderas said when asked if straight people are given LGBTQ+ roles too often. “I’ve played gay characters for a long time and have always tried to be very respectful to the gay community. I’m an actor. I just play the character and try to believe them completely when I’m doing them. I try not to perform them; I try to live them. But, you know, I’m not Zorro, either. I have never been heroic. I run away!”
Banderas has played the role of a gay man multiple times starting in 1987 with “Law of Desire.”
Whoever the person is who saved Banderas’s life all those years ago, thank you. You saved an artistic gem and we are all better for it.