Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith, who have appeared in several films together since meeting on the set of “Too Much” in 1995, surprised the world when they announced their split in June after 18 years of marriage.
“We have thoughtfully and consensually decided to finalize our almost twenty years marriage in a loving and friendly manner honoring and respecting each other, our family and friends and the beautiful time we have spent together,” the couple, who have one daughter, Stella, 17, said in a joint statement.
One of their last films together before the split, the sci-fi drama “Automata,” opens today in limited release in theaters and video on demand.
Spanish director Gabe Ibáñez told ABC News that Banderas was the first to express an interest in his script after reading it some years ago.
“He wanted to do the movie,” Ibáñez said. ”He wanted to produce and be the main character. Antonio, as the producer, asked for a lot of favors.”
That included asking his then wife, Melanie Griffith, 56, and fellow Spanish actor Oscar-winner Javier Bardem, to appear in minor roles in the film.