Pressure of playing Picasso in Genius for Antonio Banderas

Antonio Banderas stars as Pablo Picasso in the second season of anthology drama series, Genius.
Antonio Banderas stars as Pablo Picasso in the second season of anthology drama series, Genius.PHOTO: NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

Antonio Banderas, who grew up in the painter's hometown, feels a heavy responsibility to portray him properly

Spanish star Antonio Banderas has wanted to play Pablo Picasso for some time. But the actor turned down several offers to do so because of the heavy responsibility in portraying Spain's greatest artist.

He finally said yes, though, with the anthology drama series Genius, which devotes its second season to the late Picasso (1881 to 1973).

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 03, 2018, with the headline 'Pressure of playing Picasso'. Print Edition | Subscribe