“This is what an actor wants to be doing,’’ Banderas says, his Spanish accent still thick after years of working primarily in America. “
Speaking by cell telephone on his way to a Los Angeles studio to record Spanish dialogue for Puss in Boots, Banderas explains that Almodovar first approached him about The Skin I Live In in 2002, soon after the filmmaker had purchased the rights to the Thierry Jonquet novel on which he based the script.
The Skin I Live In is set in the very near future, 2012, but veers back and forth through time. It centres on Dr Robert Ledgard (Banderas), a respected Spanish plastic surgeon who, after the fiery disfigurement and death of his wife, breaks any and all ethical boundaries in an effort to create new skin.