The Drag Queen who saved the life of Antonio Banderas

Antonio Banderas was saved by a Drag Queen (Photos: Instagram/@colectivolg_bt+/antoniobanderas)

Jose Antonio Dominguez Banderabetter known as Antonio Banderasis one of the most internationally recognized Spanish actors thanks to his artistic work in various spheres ranging from the world of acting -also dubbing-, music, production, as well as being an entrepreneur and even a perfumer.

Although he is currently 61 years old -he was born on August 10, 1960-, the recognized protagonist of The Skin I Live In He experienced an accident that almost cost him his life and that very few people know since there are few occasions in which he has been honest, publicly revealing the introverted story of a very particular character.

The main reason that no one knows this anecdote from his past is due to the youth in which he lived it, still being a complete unknown in the world of world entertainment, since he was not yet working or studying acting, but as time passed and played characters indirectly related to his savior, he decided to talk about lhe time a drag queen saved his life from an accident he suffered.

The Spanish actor was saved from an accident suffered by EFE/Jorge Zapata
The Spanish actor was saved from an accident suffered by EFE/Jorge Zapata

From a young age he showed a strong interest in the performing arts and was part of the Malacitano Teatro-Escuela ARA directed by Ángeles Rubio-Argüelles y Alessandri, wife of the diplomat, writer and film director Edgar Neville, and of the Escuela Superior de Arte Dramático de Malaga. For this reason, in his youth he was always a very outgoing person who did not hesitate to put all his feelings to the surface, which he materialized in all kinds of actions, possibly one of the reasons why he liked adrenaline, even within the most daily.

When I had only 16 years oldAntonio Banderas managed to get money to buy a means of transportation that has become the dream that every young person has in his life and even more so when they are fans of speed, electric beauty and of course the conquest of attractive people: a motorcycle. Although he has never specified whether his parents Jose Dominguez Prieto (1920-2008) and the aforementioned high school teacher, Ana Bandera Gallego (1933-2017) provided him with the financial means, the reality is that he traveled constantly on it, becoming one of his favorite hobbies.

However, he did not know how prone it can be to travel in these means of transport and more so when you have little age and experience in the management of the same, to accidents of short and great magnitude. For this reason, the interpreter of other great productions such as The Legend of Zorro, My Mom´s New Boyfriend and recently indiana jones 5 At that age he suffered one of his greatest tragedies, of which he speaks little but surely remembers very well because of the affection with which he mentions them.

Spanish actor Antonio Banderas performs for the media in the presentation of his musical "Company" at the Soho CaixaBank theater in Malaga, Spain, on November 11, 2021. REUTERS/Jon Nazca
Spanish actor Antonio Banderas performs for the media in the presentation of his musical “Company” at the Soho CaixaBank theater in Malaga, Spain, November 11, 2021. REUTERS/Jon Nazca

Just a few years ago, Banderas took advantage of a great moment of popularity to talk about his experience, which a journalist had already investigated, as well as to talk a little more about his personal life. In an interview with the British newspaper, The Independentrecalled the moment that many did not know about the Iberian actor.

in 1976the front tire of your motorcycle “walked into a ditch and boom!” he said in the interview, “I collided with a car and my head hit the tankbam!” At that time, the journalist Patrick Smith describes Antonio Banderas evoking “an imaginary wig” and “an imaginary dress” to describe his savior, who according to the Spaniard “was working on a corner for her clients, appeared out of nowhere, got in the middle of the road and stopped the car to take me to the hospital”.

Unfortunately, that part of the interview has been associated with the fact that his “savior” was a sex worker who was exercising the oldest job in the world, but the reality is different and little by little – for the better – she has been socially differentiated by the public outside community LGBT+.

In fact the accident left a scar on one leg“the blow brought me here,” he continued, “Blood everywhere. you could see the bone”. The writing assumes that the savior of Banderas was a drag queen, in the face of what could now be understood as a confusion about what it is to be a Drag and a sex worker, but it was not taken up in the future by the actor since it was not repeated. mention this story in another meeting with the media or their own social networks.

For the Spaniard it was a traumatic moment REUTERS/Jon Nazca
For the Spaniard it was a traumatic moment REUTERS/Jon Nazca

The interview in which Antonio Banderas told this story following the premiere of pain and glory. In said film it was a kind of return to the origins of his career: he returns with Almodovar and get back on the move. On the question of sexuality of his characters It seems that the actor has a clear opinion: “I’ve been playing gay for a long time and I’ve always tried to be respectful of the gay community.. I’m an actor. I just play the character and try to fully believe in it while I’m doing it. I don’t try to act them, I try to live them. But, you know, I’m not the Fox either. I have never been heroic, I run away!”

Drag Queen is a term that describes a person who is characterized and acts like a character with exaggerated featureswith a primarily histrionic intention that mocks traditional notions of gender identity and gender roles. Yes, possibly up to this point you still cannot differentiate the wide rainbow that exists in sexual diversity and the LGBT+ community in general, but talking about the etymology of words and the updated, connoted uses that are given to them all becomes easier. .

Drag Queen is a term that describes a person who is characterized and acts like a character with very marked features REUTERS/Phil Noble TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Drag Queen is a term that describes a person who is characterized and acts like a character with very marked features REUTERS/Phil Noble TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

It is the term used to describe people whose gender identity does not correspond to the sex with which they are born. According to COPRED, these people they do not seek to make modifications to reassign their sexbut to express themselves and live according to the gender with which they identify.

Unlike transgender people, this description refers to those who make changes to their body to align their sex with the gender with which they identify. The term may be offensive to some.

The difference of the "three T's" it is important to understand what a Drag Queen is EFE/Kiko Huesca
The difference between the “three Ts” is important to understand what a Drag Queen is EFE/Kiko Huesca

It refers to people who feel pleasure or well-being when wearing clothes socially cataloged as “of the opposite sex”, or who do it for work in theater or television, without this involving their gender identity or their sexuality. That is, a heterosexual man may find well-being or pleasure in wearing “women’s” clothes, but he does not do it all the time nor does he identify as a woman..

Understanding the “three Ts” allows us to differentiate the essential characteristics that a Drag Queen, Drag King and its various variants have in order to be classified in that way and differentiated from their sister branches.

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