One of my favorite couples, Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith, has spiraled into crisis control.
Reports had him cheating and her not wearing her ring and him revving into overdrive to try to woo her trust back and avert a messy divorce.
The reality is this is one of those relationships about which we always thought, “How could it be lasting this long? They’re truly defying gravity.”
I mean, he was always such a charming Romeo and she always seemed so vulnerable, and something about their pairing was a little Demi and Ashton, minus the big age difference.
(Melanie’s only three years older than Antonio.)
So I can’t say I’m surprised to see they’ve hit a rough patch, but I must say I love these two and was always thrilled that they kept going as a twosome.
Whenever I’ve interviewed Antonio, he’s absolutely melted me with his wisdoms and easygoing allure, always ending with “Call me when you see the movie and let me know what you think.”
As if I have his number!
And when I interviewed Melanie, she disarmed me by cooing–right in the middle of a sentence–“Don’t trash me, Michael!”
But I wasn’t going to!
In addition to being Hollywood royalty, Melanie’s poignant and funny and should be landmarked just for having to grow up with lion cubs in her bed.
So I’m hoping Melanie tames her grown lion king and they work things out.
We need these two! Otherwise, there’s no one left!
Antonio, if you need some quick advice, call me.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on July 18, 2012