Antonio Banderas would not be alive without a drag queen

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The Hollywood celebrity has recently opened up about literally owing his life to a drag queen who saved him when he got into the motorbike incident as a teen. Banderas said his savior – described as a ‘drag queen’ in a wig and dress – “came from nowhere, got in the middle of the road and stopped a car to take me to hospital”. Forty-three years on, Banderas retold the story while promoting his new film, Pain and Glory, in which he plays a gay filmmaker who struggles with health and ghosts from the mysterious past. The performance earned Banderas the best actor award at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, where Pain and Glory was selected to compete for the coveted Palme d’Or, the highest prize at the festival. It is the latest in a long line of gay characters for the 58-year-old, dating back to his debut role in Almodóvar’s 1982 film Labyrinth of Passion. He made his Hollywood breakthrough in 1993 with Philadelphia, in which he played the lover of Tom Hank’s character.

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