Antonio Banderas has said that a heart attack he suffered in 2017 was “one of the best things” that happened to him, because of the clarity and perspective he found afterwards.

The 62-year-old Spanish actor discussed the experience in a recent interview to promote his new film Puss In Boots: The Last Wish. In the animated film, Banderas voices the titular feline character, reprising his role from 2004’s Shrek 2The 2007s Shrek the thirdThe 2010s Shrek forever after and the 2011 spinoff Puss in Boots.

The new film finds Puss in Boots learning that he has used up eight of his nine lives and embarks on a journey to find the mysterious Last Wishing Star to restore them. Banderas was asked in a new interview in Radio Times if he could relate to the movie.

“I had a heart attack six years ago,” Banderas replied, per The independent. “It was probably one of the best things that has happened in my life. It was like putting on glasses and seeing what was important.”

“I came back to Spain and started looking at my professional life from a different point of view,” Banderas continued. “So I connect to [the film] in a personal way. I think it’s a beautiful message and I think it was done properly.”

This isn’t the first time Banderas has discussed the impact his heart attack had on his life. The actor made similar comments during a Fresh air interview in 2019, saying, “It just gave me perspective on who I was and it just made the important things [go to] the surface”.

In an interview with The independent that same year, Banderas said confronting his mortality had “made [him] understand life in a deeper, more complex way”, and led him to “[detach] from things that are no longer important”.

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