Antonio Banderas, 62, says having a heart attack changed his life for the better

‘It was like putting glasses on and seeing what was important’: Antonio Banderas, 62, says having a heart attack changed his life for the better

Antonio Banderas has said that having a heart attack six years ago changed his life for the better in a new interview on Monday. 

The actor, 62, described the life threatening emergency as a ‘turning point’ from which he was able to then ‘recognise what was important’ in his life. 

Speaking with Radio Times magazine, Antonio discussed his latest film Puss in Boots: The Last Wish and its connection to death and mortality. 

Turning point: Antonio Banderas, 62, has said that having a heart attack six years ago changed his life for the better in a new interview on Monday

Turning point: Antonio Banderas, 62, has said that having a heart attack six years ago changed his life for the better in a new interview on Monday

Explaining how he could relate to the motion picture, he said: ‘I had a heart attack six years ago. It probably was one of the best things that happened in my life. It was like putting glasses on and seeing what was important. 

‘I came back to Spain and started looking at my professional life from a different point of view. So I do connect to it in a personal way. I think it’s a beautiful message, and I think it was done properly.

‘Since my heart attack, I’m looking only for the pleasure of acting. That’s it. I don’t care about anything else. For me, life starts when somebody says, “Action!” – or when the curtain comes up.’

Re-think: The actor described the life threatening emergency as a 'turning point' from which he was able to then 'recognise what was important' in his life

Re-think: The actor described the life threatening emergency as a ‘turning point’ from which he was able to then ‘recognise what was important’ in his life

Antonio was rushed to hospital back in 2017 after suffering chest pains while exercising which was later discovered to be a heart attack. 

Speaking with Radio Times magazine (pictured), Antonio discussed his latest film Puss in Boots: The Last Wish and its connection to death and mortality

Speaking with Radio Times magazine (pictured), Antonio discussed his latest film Puss in Boots: The Last Wish and its connection to death and mortality

Previously, while starring on Jimmy Kimmel Live, the Mask Of Zorro star credited girlfriend Nicole Kimpel, 40, with saving his life during the scare by giving him one of the maximum strength aspirin she had bought for a headache the day before his event.

‘She bought this aspirin, which is the only thing that she found and she found the maximum one, I think it was five milligrams.

‘The next morning, when I started having the symptoms and I clearly knew what was going on, she put one of those aspirins inside of my tongue and that saved my life. So I had a second chance, and some stuff changed in my life, since then.’

Antonio – who doesn’t drink – changed his priorities and quit smoking, which was ‘probably one of the most stupid things I have ever done in my life.’ 

‘I was lucky after all, because a heart attack can kill you just like this…In a way, it’s one of the best things to happen in my life, to have a heart attack.’ 

Life changing: 'It probably was one of the best things that happened in my life. It was like putting glasses on and seeing what was important' he explained

Life changing: ‘It probably was one of the best things that happened in my life. It was like putting glasses on and seeing what was important’ he explained 

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