Spielberg wanted Tom Cruise for one of Antonio Banderas’ most iconic roles: “It wasn’t a good idea”

Spielberg wanted Tom Cruise for one of Antonio Banderas’ most iconic roles: “It wasn’t a good idea”
Spielberg wanted Tom Cruise for one of Antonio Banderas’ most iconic roles: “It wasn’t a good idea”

Tom Cruise He is one of the great legends of Hollywood who, at 61 years old, continues to give his all in his fetish saga: ‘Mission: Impossible’. However, and beyond his many iconic roles in cinema, the famous actor could have participated in many projects that ultimately fell into other hands. From ‘Watchmen’ Zack Snyder to Iron Man Robert Downey Jr. in Marvel Studios. But there was a role for which he himself Steven Spielberg opted for Cruise and it finally went to the Spanish actor Antonio Banderas: the mythical Zorro of ‘The mask of Zorro‘ from 1998.

Tom Cruise as Zorro? “It wasn’t a good idea”

The great filmmaker Steven Spielberg entered the project of ‘The mask of Zorro‘ as executive producer. And this position allows one to comment on the production in different areas, including the cast. And for the role of FoxDirector of ‘Jurassic Park I wanted the superstar Tom Cruisean offer that the actor declined because “not be a good idea“, as the director who was to direct the film remembers, Mikael Salomon:

“At the beginning of production, Spielberg wanted to give him the role. Did you know that? ”Recognizes the filmmaker talking about his protagonist. “I wanted to give the role to Tom Cruise. At that time, my friend and compatriot Bille August had received a lot of criticism in South America for making the film ‘The House of the Spirits’ without having Hispanic actors. Therefore, I told Steven that maybe it wasn’t a good idea“, continues the Danish director who finally did not take charge of the film in favor of the New Zealander Martin Campbell.

Antonio Banderas in ‘The Mask of Zorro’ (1998)

At that time, Tom Cruise himself contacted the director after learning of Spielberg’s intentions with him, kindly declining the possibility to star in a Zorro movie: “Then he called me and said ‘thanks for the offer, but I don’t think it’s a very good idea for me to make this film, because, you know…’. I said, ‘Tom, you’re a very smart guy. Absolutely, you’re right‘, concludes the director.

Finally, the leading role of ‘The mask of Zorro‘went to Antonio BanderasSpanish actor who landed in Hollywood during the nineties to appear in films as striking as ‘Avoid‘, ‘desperate‘, ‘Four Rooms‘, ‘Assassins‘, ‘Interview with the vampire‘, ‘Philadelphia‘ either ‘The House of Spirits‘, among other. In 2005 she would film her sequel with ‘The legend of Zorro‘.

 
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