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I am a woman, says Antonio Banderas

The actor stunned US TV viewers by revealing that he is a woman, while hosting the Saturday Night Live show.

india Updated: Apr 10, 2006 15:14 IST
Indo-Asian News Service
Indo-Asian News Service

Actor Antonio Banderas stunned viewers in the US by revealing on live TV that he is a woman.

According to Contactmusic, Banderas stripped off his suit during the opening monologue as host of the show Saturday Night Live revealing a pink dress and knee-length leather boots and saying he was sick of being called a "macho man".

He said: "Probably tonight is the beginning of the end of my career. After the show finishes I will not only be deported from this country but there is a strong possibility that they won't allow me back into mine.

"But, you know what, I am tired of being called a Latin lover, a macho man. I am not an object. You will understand why I am saying this once you know the truth... I am, in fact, a woman. My real name is Guadalupe, but you can call me Lupita, or as some people know me, 'Puss In Boots'.

"I have so much conflict over the past several years. As a man, I was living a lie, as a woman I am obviously less attractive but it is what it is."

He further showed his comic skills by imitating Mexican president Vincente Fox.

First Published: Apr 10, 2006 15:12 IST