Antonio Banderas is refusing to reduce his workload, despite suffering a heart attack in January last year (17).
The Mask of Zorro star was rushed to hospital after he experienced chest pains while exercising at his home in Surrey.
He later revealed that he underwent a procedure to have three stents placed in his arteries, and was “reviewing” his decisions, as he put the episode down to work stress.
However, the 57-year-old now admits he found himself unable to take it easy and has instead thrown himself back into his work – with little fear of the consequences.
“Sometimes I complain that I need to stop or need some rest but after two days I want to eat myself alive,” he tells The Guardian. “This is what I do, this is my life,” he says. “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.”
The star has made some health conscious concessions though – as he has quit smoking and tries to keep fit and healthy.
“I stopped smoking,” he explains. “I do a lot of sport. I take the drugs (the doctors) recommended. 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.”
His latest acting project is playing the famed Spanish artist Pablo Picasso in new TV series Genius, and he also has several more movie projects in the pipeline.
Antonio describes Picasso as his “idol” as he grew up near the painter’s birthplace in Malaga, Spain – but admits making the drama for America’s National Geographic network took its toll, as he had to spend four hours in make-up to play the ageing artist.
He reveals, “There are two types of tiredness: the ‘day tiredness’, because I came here at 4am to start a four-hour make-up process, and the ‘October-to-here tiredness’, which is a long-term thing. It’s more intellectual than anything.”
The series is scheduled to premiere later this month (Apr18).
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