It was an honor and privilege to arrive to this country 16 years ago with almost no money in my pocket. A lot has happened since then.
I`ve never worried about what audiences would accept or had a game plan regarding the career. I never had an idea of how I should look to my fans or anybody else.
I like going everywhere. And I love starting new things.
I love the diversity of America. I love the plain, normal sense of humor Americans have. It is not wicked, like in some countries. And I also love how new America is.
There are some movies that I would like to forget, for the rest of my life. But even those movies teach me things.
I mean, the Constitution of this country was written 200 years ago. The house I was living in in Madrid is 350 years old! America is still a project, and you guys are working on it and bringing new things to it every day. That is beautiful to watch.
If you call a cat, he may not come. Which doesn`t happen with dogs. They`re different types of animals. Cats are very sexy I think too in the way they move.
I completely take on the risk, the poker game, which being an artist means, and I`m going to try to make a film which honestly reflects what I have in my head.
It`s a character that I always found really likable. I`m fond of Zorro because he was a popular figure who worked for the people.
I think Shrek makes an effect in older people. And there are many things in the movie that you saw that are not for kids. Kids would not understand certain things.
I get more attention as the pussycat in `Shrek 3` than I ever did as Zorro.
We are now integrated into American society and I don`t like the word fashionable, because fashionable means that it`s going to pass. It`s not like that anymore.
When you see actors on the red carpet they seem to know each other but really it`s like a wax museum. Los Angeles is probably one of the fakest cities in the world. For me it is a working place.
I don`t believe in careers, I just picture myself always as one of those old actors from the 19th century who go from village to village in their repertoire.
I get more attention as "the pussycat" in Shrek the Third (2007) than I ever did as Zorro.
I admired Melanie before I loved her.
Melanie is more of a disciplinarian with the little girl than me, probably because it`s my first baby. She gets everything easy from Papa. I am more weak. She takes advantage of me.
To be married in our profession is not an easy thing. There`s too many beautiful people around, very interesting people. It`s just a matter of really having-being patient and probably having the capacity and the faith of falling in love with your own wife again. That happens to me.
"I hate that cat ("Puss in Boots" from Shrek 2 (2004)). Ever since he appeared in my life he`s more important than me. Now women always say, `Oh, I love that cat. He`s so cute`. Before, it was, `I loved you in Zorro`. And sometimes you think is she saying that because she has some other . . . intention? But no. They love the cat, and they hate me".
If they had offered me James Bond, I probably couldn`t have gone to England anymore in my life. James Bond with an accent? That would have been something.
"This lust for beauty is a terrible thing. I`ve forbidden her from ever going to a cosmetic surgeon again. It is something we have agreed to for the sake of our marriage" (on his wife, Melanie Griffith, having more plastic surgery).
I don`t want anything I don`t deserve, (but) if they offer me more money, I`m not stupid.
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