Antonio Banderas: My Heart Attack Was “One of the Best Things That Ever Happened to Me”


In 2017, Antonio Banderas had a heart attack, which taught him to put the important things in life first. “It was probably one of the best things that ever happened to me,” he tells Page Six. “It made me realise that the things I was worrying about every day were not important.”

He says, “I thought, Why should I worry about that if I’m going to die?” “I’ve always known that I would die, but now I know for sure. I saw it happen right here.”

He goes on to say that the important things stayed, like his daughter Stella, whom he shares with Melanie Griffith, his friends, family, and his “vocation as an actor.” He also says that he started to separate himself from “things that I thought were important before but weren’t really.”

In January 2017, the 62-year-old actor, who was born in Spain, had a heart attack. His longtime girlfriend, Nicole Kimpel, is the one who saved his life by acting quickly and giving him aspirin.

In March of that year, he said it wasn’t serious and didn’t do any major damage, but he did have three stents put into his arteries. He told the press at the time, “It hasn’t been as dramatic as some have said.”

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The Oscar nominee says that he’s had bad times, too, but they don’t last long because he’s strong “a person who is very positive by nature. My low moods don’t last long and I get over them quickly.”

Banderas is currently acting in “Company” in Madrid. He has also hinted at a long-awaited return to Broadway, where he won a Tony Award for “Nine” in 2003.

“Something is being written as we speak,” he teases, adding that his Iberian accent will make the character fit. On December 21, “Puss in Boots: The Last Wish” will be shown in theatres.

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