Antonio Banderas rejected offers for record deal

'Journey to Bethlehem' actor Antonio Banderas has snubbed offers to swap Hollywood for music.

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Antonio Banderas has snubbed offers for record deal
Antonio Banderas has snubbed offers for record deal

Antonio Banderas has turned down offers to swap Hollywood for music.

The 63-year-old 'Mask of Zorro' star - who shows off his singing chops in new film 'Journey to Bethlehem' - has belted out songs in the likes of 'Shrek 2' and 'Desperado' in the past, but he never wanted to chase it as an actual career.

He told E! News: "I never saw myself as a professional singer.

"When I did 'Evita' with Madonna many years ago, they started offering me contracts to do records and stuff like that. I never accepted that.

"It was just too much work, and I was already in my 30-somethings, year 38, and I didn't want to jump into that territory."

He has still appeared in musicals on stage - including the likes of 'A Chorus Line' and 'Company' - at his theatre in Malaga, Spain, and he's even preparing to direct the venue's upcoming production of 'Gypsy'.

He added: "I love singing, but I love singing attached to some dramatic purposeā€”not as a pop singer.

"I'm not a pop singer. I like to tell a story when I'm singing and that is something that you can do in musical theater."

In new movie 'Journey to Bethlehem', he shares the screen with stepdaughter Dakota Johnson - who he has with ex-wife Melanie Griffith - and she previously showed off her own vocal talents in 2020's 'The High Note'.

Asked if they've ever swapped tips, he said: "No, not with Dakota. I mean, she was doing movies already by the time that we were still as a family together in Los Angeles.

"After the divorce is when her career, boom, just went up there. But I knew that she could sing."

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