Antonio Banderas Describes the Real Pierre Dulaine: Theres a scene in Take the Lead in which Dulaine is obviously passing the torch to the younger generation. Instead of jumping in and participating, he simply turns and leaves. Banderas talks about that specific scene: I wanted to jump in with the kids but it was time to leave. Actually, that ending says very much about the character and about the whole entire project for me, in the way that he leaves at the end. It was beautiful. Hes very invisible, like he does everything in his life. He just looks and the door goes, and thats it.
Its a beautiful thing and Pierre Dulaine is a little bit like that, a very invisible man. Kind of sort of traveling away, kind of mysterious, too, in another way. I love all of those features of him. I loved that from the moment I met him and I tried to keep the characters like that."
Banderas continued. Hes kind of mysterious. You dont know really his background. You know a little bit because one of the kids in an attack of horniness comes to his house, picks up a picture of his wife so you realize in the movie that hes a widower. But until that point, you dont know where hes coming from. You just get the little details at the beginning, My mother is Spanish. My father is French
Some people asked me in [another interview], did you say that because you have to justify your accent? But in reality, Pierre Dulaine is not called Pierre Dulaine. Pierre Dulaine is a stage name. Hes called a different way and its true that he was born in Palestine, that he has lived all around the world and he speaks several languages - and he speaks with an accent in all of them. So that was familiar. I said, Whoa, I can do this guy.
Capturing Pierre Dulaine Onscreen: Banderas said the most important characteristics of Pierre he needed to capture were his capacity for love and sharing with nothing in return. Thats what surprised me the most because its a very rare animal in our days, said Banderas. He was successful, his Academy would have received people, taught people to dance in an easy way. Normally hes just like [teaching] mature people so they dont give you any problems. They pay you. He didnt have to do this.
We had dinner, it was the night before we started principal photography and I asked that question to him: Why did you do this? He said, Because, man, I was successful in my life what I wanted to do. I had a lot of fun, a lot of friends and I wanted to give something back. It sounds very simple and thats the way that he said it. He said, I enjoy that. I find a pleasure in seeing people blossoming and getting out of problems through something that I love very much, which is dancing.
Sometimes they said that actors or artists in general are not productive for society because we talk about very material things. We dont produce tomatoes or potatoes or milk or something thats useful, cars. We just go to the heart. I think he took that very important, with a lot of importance in his life so he wanted to share that.
The Physical Stuff Takes Its Toll: During the press days for Banderas latest Zorro movie, he admitted the physical aspects of acting are getting more difficult as he gets older. Even dancing in Take the Lead was, at times, tough to handle. Banderas laughed, That Russian girl was a little bit too energetic. Unbelievable
Fortunately for his body, Banderas didnt have to practice that scene much. Not too many times. In total, the total of 15-16 days rehearsals, an hour, hour and a half each one of them, no more because then we get really tired, sweaty, explained Banderas. I have to do all the rehearsals at the same time as the scenes and stuff so we were just alternating the process of dancing and doing scenes, because the kids were in the same place where we were dancing, too. We were rehearsing everything at the same time. I would have loved to have more time. I was really surprised when I saw the movie. Oh, thats good.