5. His sense of humor about himself. As a veteran of Hollywood pigeonholing, Banderas is thoroughly aware of his exotic image and accent, the latter of which he has called a professional “handicap.” Nowhere is his good-humoredness more in evidence than his voiceover roles, where his career liability becomes a source of knowing self-parody. The debonair but adorable Puss in Boots in the Shrek trilogy and his own upcoming Puss in Boots is clearly Banderas poking fun at his Latin Lover image, as is his otherwise inexplicable role in Nasonex commercials as a would-be seductive bee foiled by his allergies.
(A. Bands might have aged better, but he is smoking in that photo.)