Antonio Banderas On Refusing To Retire After Heart Attack: ‘I Don’t Want To Live My Life Like I’m Already Dead’

Antonio Banderas won’t let a heart attack get him down.

The 57-year-old actor revealed in an interview with The Guardian that he refused to give up his acting career after suffering from a heart attack in January 2017.

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“It was scary, to tell you the truth,” he said of his heart attack. “It was something that I knew before, but then you see it very clearly in front of you – and that’s that the existence of death is very real.”

Banderas revealed that he has since changed his lifestyle by exercising, quitting smoking, and taking the medications his doctors recommend.

“I thought I was going to stop working a little bit more, but I decided not to because I missed my life and that’s it,” Banderas explained.

“Sometimes I complain that I need to stop or need some rest, but after two days I want to eat myself alive. This is what I do, this is my life. I don’t want to live my life like I’m already dead. I’m just going to live it, and if I die, I die.”

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Banderas’s latest project sees him as the Spanish artist Pablo Picasso in the upcoming miniseries “Genius: Picasso”.

“Genius: Picasso” premieres on National Geographic Channel April 24.

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