I am Antonio Banderas. I am an actor.

I will be joined for this AMA today by Wesley Snipes. We are both in The Expendables 3, in theaters this August 15h.

You can view the explosive final trailer here for The Expendables 3.

Victoria will be assisting us today.

Go ahead... AUAA.


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karmanaut1801 karma

How do you make friends and establish relationships with people without worrying that they only want to be close to you because of your fame and money?

AntonioBanderasHere2479 karma

It's difficult.

It's very difficult. You never know. Sometimes it's very clear, you know what they want, and sometimes they are very smart and you don't realize actually what they were looking for is something that they think that you have because of the celebrity-thing, until very late, until it's too late sometimes. It's part of the price that you have to pay to be a professional in this world. And I am willing to pay it, you know? I shouldn't complain. In fact, I don't, you know, about anything that has happened in my life. I'm a very fortunate life, you look at the world today, it's so confused and so violent, and the situations that life has sent me, it's just the price that you have to pay, I just accept it. It makes you, you know, a little bit more observant of the people who approach you. It's not always comfortable. You have to analyze more than normal.

Gintoki871172 karma

Why have you two never fought in an action film? El Mariachi vs Neil Shaw

_WesleySnipes2085 karma

I don't know. We've never done a movie together. It's been TOO DAMN LONG! A travesty! I want to quit, but I like it too much. Yeah, I think this is something we need to do. But we are lovers, we don't fight. Yes.

AntonioBanderasHere2392 karma

I totally agree. Everybody knows that we are lovers now!

The_Maddest_Man1067 karma

What were the stunts like while filming Expendables 3? Did you guys do most of your own?

AntonioBanderasHere2370 karma

We used The Extendables....

No, but yes, we did a lot of our own stunts. The actors always say that, but it's never the truth. But we SAY that.

I did more than Wesley!

_WesleySnipes2352 karma

No he didn't. I did all your other ones. Tell the truth.

AntonioBanderasHere2176 karma

You didn't want to break a nail. Because I don't care about my nails, I did my own stunts.

smashdude501053 karma

Puss in Boots vs. Blade. Who would win in a battle?

AntonioBanderasHere2249 karma

PUSS IN BOOTS. His eyes are the MOST IMPORTANT WEAPON OF MASS DESTRUCTION in the whole world right now. With his eyes, he can defeat entire action heroes, anything!

johnnynoname12750 karma

@Antonio- do you secretly hate Gael Garcia Bernal or Javier Bardem for trying to have a sexier Spanish name than you?

AntonioBanderasHere1092 karma


I wouldn't do that. I'm not giving them any secrets at all, you know? They have to find that from themselves, and that's it.

I'm not sharing any-THING! But they can use my perfume. And that will help them get what they want.

T-town04704 karma

Any interesting experiences with fans that you'd like to share?

AntonioBanderasHere1863 karma

You know, I've been always surprised by the behavior of fans. I've been surprised by what they want, but they make me laugh many times. The fans I love the most are kids, because they are very sincere, you can see in their eyes that they totally believe that you were Zorro, and that someday you will save the people of Mexico, so if you see them in the super mark they are in awe to be meeting Zorro. it's beautiful.

Shouldbeworking22564 karma

Who would win in an arm wrestling match? Arnold vs. Sly and Wesley vs. Antonio?

AntonioBanderasHere1504 karma

In a contest? ANY of them will defeat me in an arm wrestling contest. I will lose with all of them. If you see the poster, they hide me BEHIND of them, so they don't show my muscles, all you can see is my face, and I am smiling a lot. But I am bringing the comedy side of the movie, you know? My muscles are somewhere else.

shivan21392 karma

Hi Antonio, there is quite a number of interesting spanish horror/sci-fi/mystery movies. Automata seems to be one of them, what is it like? Are we gonna see you in others such films in the future?

AntonioBanderasHere779 karma

Automata is, you know, my baby. And why I say that is because I produced the movie, besides being also the star of it. It's actually an approach to science fiction in a very european way, in an independent way, it's a movie about concept that is philosophical, scientific concept called singularity, which is the time in which machines actually overcome the human mind. So it's a very reflective philosophical science fiction, going back to the science fiction I love, like Isaac Asimov. That's the type of movie we tried to do. It will be presented at San Sebastian Film Festival in competition.

Axel927381 karma

Hola Antonio! And hello Wesley!

It's a great honor to have you here with us today!

I was wondering what (both of you) your favorite book is?

Thanks so much!

_WesleySnipes620 karma

Wow. My favorite book? MMMMMMM.

I would have to say....

AntonioBanderasHere1406 karma

My favorite book, while he thinks, because he probably hasn't read a book in 15 years, mine is Don Quixote by Cervantes.

T-town04273 karma

So happy you all are doing this- What is your favorite place to travel?

AntonioBanderasHere538 karma

OH. It will always, always be my hometown. That is the place I love to travel along with, because my roots are there, and I think a man without roots is a nobody. And I never, you know, deny where I am from, and I would love to get back there with my friends and my family and people and my food, and everything that has to do with my life.

MONKSFTW225 karma

Hey Antonio Banderas and Wesley Snipes! I loved your performances in Desperado, Passenger 57, Assassins and the Blade trilogy! It's an honour to have you two, legends of film, welcome to Reddit!

  • What was it like working with the action packed cast of Expendables 3?

  • Do you have any behind the camera memories from filming Once upon a time in Mexico?

  • Do you have any behind the camera memories from filming Demolition Man?

  • Nicolas Cage, yay or nay?

Thank you so much for giving us this opportunity, on behalf of this AMA I'd like to commend you on your amazing talents and wish you luck on your current and future projects

_WesleySnipes278 karma

It was EXCITING, and a thrill of the lifetime. Everybody should get a chance to work with all of the Expendables. At least once.

AntonioBanderasHere296 karma

Oh wow. Yes! I guess, good memories, working with Johnny was fun, and Robert Rodriguez, that was the seventh movie I did with him. he is one of those directors that has so much personality, you have to adapt to HIS style, and when you work with people like him, you have to actually get into the game, and the game is a game of personality. It happens with Almodovar, too, a different style. I love working with Robert.

_WesleySnipes340 karma

Well, I can tell you this - you know the little space cars we were supposed to be driving around in the movie? Well the new ones actually had no seats and had no way to turn or reverse. So literally we were sitting on milk crates, when you see us driving the car, and when we had to reset the cars to one at the starting point, they had to have guys to push the cars BACKWARDS because NONE of them had reverse in them! Big budget moviemaking at its finest.

_WesleySnipes355 karma

Yea I'm cool with Nic! Nic is 'aight!

AntonioBanderasHere356 karma

Nic is a good actor.

seismicor90 karma

Hello. Can you tell us a little bit about your characters you're portraying in the Expendables 3?

AntonioBanderasHere215 karma

Oh yes, absolutely! My character is a guy who is holding a pain inside from something that happened to him in his past, a soldier, but covers this up with compulsive way to behave, you know? He's a compulsive talker, he cannot stop talking. He is very fun, but at the end you can see the funny ways he has, they are like a shield to protect him against his own misfortune in some other time. That's basically what the character is all about. A very lonely guy, very solitary, he could be sad if I performed him in another way, but I tried to bring a lot of light and fun.


seismicor84 karma

If you could assemble an Expendables trio of the Expandables cast who would you choose?

AntonioBanderasHere169 karma

I would go with my friends Sly & Wesley. And me. That would be the other part of the trio.