The heart attack made my life better

His heart attack was a turning point in the life of Antonio Banderas:
His heart attack was a turning point in the life of Antonio Banderas: “It was like putting on glasses and seeing what is important.” Gustavo Valiente/EUROPE PRESS/dpa

Six years ago, Antonio Banderas suffered a heart attack, a turning point in the life of the Spanish Hollywood star. “It was probably one of the best things that ever happened to me,” says the 62-year-old in an interview with the Radio Times.

Since then, her life has changed, and for the better. As the? The shock of the heart attack gave Banderas a new outlook on life. “It was like putting on glasses and seeing what is really important.” The star actor also got a new perspective on his work. “Since my heart attack, all I’ve been looking for is the joy of acting. That’s it. I don’t care about anything else. For me, life begins when someone says “Action!”, or when the curtain rises.” .

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In a previous interview with El Independiente, Banderas said that feeling like dying made him understand life in a deeper way. “I let go of the things that don’t matter anymore, the car and this and that, and then turned my attention to family, friends and recovery.”

Girlfriend saved Bandera’s life with aspirin

Banderas suddenly experienced severe chest pain after training in 2017. In an interview with Jimmy Kimmel, he revealed that his girlfriend Nicole Kimpel may have saved his life: “When I had the symptoms, he put aspirin under my tongue at maximum power. Otherwise, he would probably be dead today. They gave me a second chance and I changed my life accordingly!” Antonio, who doesn’t drink, also quit smoking, which “was probably one of the stupidest things I’ve ever done in my life to have.”

Spanish Hollywood star Antonio Banderas with his partner Nicole Kimpel (left) and their daughter Stella Banderas.
Spanish Hollywood star Antonio Banderas with his partner Nicole Kimpel (left) and their daughter Stella Banderas. Photo by Imago/UPI

Antonio Banderas achieved his worldwide success as an actor with the comedy “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown” by his discoverer, director Pedro Almodóvar. The strip was nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, among other things, and served as Bandera’s best calling card for Hollywood. The Andalusian did not speak a single word of English at the time, but he still packed his bags and moved to Los Angeles.

There he filmed with the most attractive women of his generation. As with the pop icon Madonna in “Evita” or with Catherine Zeta-Jones in “The Mask of Zorro” (1998). She also met Melanie Griffith on camera, in the romantic comedy Two Much (1996). With her he had her daughter Stella del Carmen (23). They divorced in 2014 after 18 years of marriage. Soon after, he met German-Dutch investment adviser Nicole Kimpel.

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