Antonio Banderas will ensure his shoes are broken in properly before attending the 2020 Academy Awards next month.
The Spanish actor is nominated in the Best Actor category for his performance in Pedro Almodovar’s Pain and Glory, alongside Leonardo DiCaprio, Adam Driver, Joaquin Phoenix, and Jonathan Pryce.
However, in a recent interview on Live with Kelly and Ryan, Antonio admitted that he has little recollection of the very first time he was a presenter at the Oscars back in 1992, because his feet were killing him.
“I bought new shoes,” he said, noting that his footwear was simply “too tight”.
“And it was dramatic because 15 minutes into the show, it (pain) was unbearable. It was impossible.”
Antonio was so uncomfortable he nearly walked onstage to make the big presentation in his socks.
“I remember my wife at the time (Ana Leza) said, ‘Take the shoes off’, but it was impossible because my feet were swollen big time,” the 59-year-old remembered. “So, I went on the stage in absolute pain and I overcame the situation.”
But it wasn’t until Antonio was back at his hotel watching the prizegiving’s highlights on TV that he realised his discomfort was plain for all to see.
“I didn’t have a neck (because of the pain),” he joked. “You couldn’t even see the bow tie.”
The Academy Awards will take place at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on 9 February.
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