Onscreen, Banderas has played everything from trumpet player to priest, hired gun, villain, hero and vigilante … But as he has said on occasion: “The best role of my life has been, and still is, bringing comfort and help to people who really need and deserve it. ”
Even with a busy schedule, Banderas attends the Starlite Gala in Marbella every year. The actor, in 2013, hosted the gala and was joined by former wife Melanie Griffith, supermodel Valeria Mazza, and his close friend Alejandro Sanz, among many other Spanish and international celebrities. Proceeds from the event benefitted three foundations: Lágrimas y Favores, Niños en Alegría y Cudeca.
Highlights from the gala included a performance by Alejandro Sanz, who received the 2013 Humanitarian Award for his charitable work. Argentinian model Valeria Mazza, UNICEF’s ambassador for “Together Against Neonatal Tetanus,” godmother of the Pediatric Unit at Hospital Universitario Austral in Buenos Aires and ambassador of Special Olympics, also received an award. ■