Antonio Banderas says no more cigarettes after heart attack

Spanish actor Antonio Banderas poses during the 20th International Malaga Film Festival in Malaga on March 25, 2017. Banderas has decided to stop smoking after suffering a heart attack. (AFP / JORGE GUERRERO)
Updated 02 April 2017

Antonio Banderas says no more cigarettes after heart attack

MADRID, Spain: Spanish film star Antonio Banderas says he has quit smoking since suffering a heart attack in January and will work at a slower pace from now on.
“If there is something good that came from all of this, it is that I suddenly stopped smoking, without needing pills or anything like that. It’s over!” the 56-year-old said in an interview with the Spanish daily Diario Sur at his home in the southern city of Malaga.
“I’m going to keep working but I’m going to do it at another rhythm. I am going to give myself space, take time between productions, and above all make the jump which I have yearned for a long time, and put myself behind the camera, write my scripts.”
Banderas, known for roles in such films as “The Mask of Zorro” and “Philadelphia,” announced at a film festival in Malaga last month that he had three stents placed in his arteries after having a attack in January.
He said he had recovered fully, with no damage to his heart.
The actor — who is dating Nicole Kimpel, a 36-year-old Dutch investment adviser — said his ex-wife, the American actress Melanie Griffith, had called him “practically every day” since he had the heart attack.
“I still have a great relationship with her and Nicole adores her. The three of us have had dinner together,” he told Diario Sur.
Banderas and Griffith, 59, who was nominated for an Oscar for 1988’s “Working Girl,” announced in 2014 that they had agreed to divorce “in a loving and friendly manner.”
It was the second divorce for Banderas, who was previously married to Spanish actress Ana Leza for eight years, divorcing in 1996, the same year he married Griffith.


Indian man wears gold face mask to ward off coronavirus

Updated 04 July 2020

Indian man wears gold face mask to ward off coronavirus

  • The precious metal covering weighs 60 grams (two ounces) and took craftsmen eight days to make

PUNE: An Indian man said he paid about $4,000 for a bespoke gold face mask to protect him from the coronavirus raging in the country.
The precious metal covering weighs 60 grams (two ounces) and took craftsmen eight days to make, said businessman Shankar Kurhade, from the western city of Pune.
“It is a thin mask and has tiny pores that is helping me to breathe,” Shankar told AFP.
“I am not sure if it will be effective to protect me from a coronavirus infection but I am taking other precautions,” he added.
When going out, the 49-year-old said he likes to adorn himself with gold jewelry weighing a kilogramme, including a bracelet, necklace and rings on each finger of his right hand.
Kurhade — whose company makes industrial sheds — said he got the idea for the gold face mask after seeing a media report about a man wearing one made from silver.
“People are asking me for selfies,” he said.
“They are awestruck when they see me wearing the gold mask in markets.”
India has made face masks mandatory in public places in a bid to control the spread of the virus in the country, which has around 650,000 confirmed cases and more than 18,600 fatalities.