Interview with Antonio Banderas: Spongebob Movie

Antonio Banderas and Marianne Weekes

The day one of my dreams came true was the day I met Antonio Banderas, whom I’ve had a lifetime crush on. Can you imagine the thrill of meeting him for REAL?

I’m still in awe that it ever happened. I could retire on that and be happy telling my grandkids who wouldn’t have a clue what I was on about.

Antonio Banderas plays Burger-Beard the Pirate in the new SpongeBob movie by Paramount, Sponge out of Water. He is a formidable pirate with an incredibly loud voice, the perfect pirate accent and he’s a wonderful baddie; very naughty, just the right amount of selfish, a bit crazy and his crew are a team of seagulls.

With such an important task at hand, I studied the film, researched his character and realised I too wanted the recipe to make the Krabby Patties that the whole film were going crazy about.

Plankton manages to get his hands on the secret formula by hiding in a penny and being tossed in the safe….

So gather round as I have a plan…..

If I use a bit of Paramount magic and hide myself in a penny, pass the penny to Antonio Banderas who in turn gives it to Burger-Beard because he knows how much his ship sailing friend likes shiny coins. Burger-Beard tosses it in his treasure chest which contains the magical book. I can rewrite the story.

I would star in it (alongside Antonio of course) and return the secret formula to the world so the children of the world can enjoy Krabby Patties whenever they wish.

All I have to do is give the penny to Antonio…


  1. March 21, 2015 / 9:52 AM

    Well done on doing the interview and not drooling all over him! I’m afraid I failed miserably when I met Marco Pierre White… He caught me doing a ‘heart hand’ shape in his direction and narrowed his eyes at me over his glasses!
    I’m glad you didn’t make such a faux pas with Antonio!!

  2. March 21, 2015 / 7:31 PM

    Oh my word…. You did so well! I wouldn’t be able to speak! :D

  3. Oh. My. God. He is just as gorgeous in the flesh! And you were brilliant Mari – really original questions – it looked like you both enjoyed the interview :) *swoons*

  4. March 23, 2015 / 2:21 PM

    *swoon*! You did great! Not sure how you managed to keep your cool but congrats on a job very well done. Did you get the besos on both cheeks?!

  5. March 23, 2015 / 3:18 PM

    Aha! So the penny all makes sense now!

    Mari it was such a brilliant interview, you’re such a pro. I’m very jealous you got to meet him.

    We saw the trailer at the cinema the other week and Ruby’s determined we must see it!

    • March 25, 2015 / 4:08 PM

      I didn’t know if people would get the penny thing unless they watched the film. He didn’t click … I might have to nudge him on Twitter :D

  6. March 23, 2015 / 3:55 PM

    Mari how absolutely fab were you and he is so lovely!

    • March 25, 2015 / 4:08 PM

      You are such a sweetheart Becky, it was an incredible moment and I’m pleased to share it with you xxx

  7. March 23, 2015 / 6:47 PM

    i watched the you tube clip over the weekend – I can’t believe you actually met him! I’m sooooo jealous!

    • March 25, 2015 / 4:07 PM

      Mary I can’t believe I met him! Best Day Ever.

  8. March 23, 2015 / 10:01 PM

    Utterly brilliant interview, you are a total pro x

    • March 25, 2015 / 4:07 PM

      Thank you so much Vicki, coming from you that means an awful lot xxx

  9. March 23, 2015 / 10:26 PM

    What a pro! Great interview and what a smooth pair you are. Loving the pirate tips question.

    • March 25, 2015 / 4:06 PM

      Thanks Penny, what an opportunity. I promise that kind of thing doesn’t present itself every day in my life but I wouldn’t have missed it for the world.

  10. March 24, 2015 / 6:56 AM

    Watched this three times now! It feels so unreal you met him! You rocked the interview and he sounds like such a nice person!

    • March 25, 2015 / 4:05 PM

      :D That made me smile Otilia. I’ve watched it a few times too but to relive the moment as it was all over so quickly. He was really, really lovely, a pleasure to interview.

  11. March 24, 2015 / 1:44 PM

    Wow, Mari, you were awesome!! So calm!!

    • March 25, 2015 / 4:04 PM

      Thank you, calm outside a trembling leaf inside I can assure you.

  12. March 24, 2015 / 9:22 PM

    You did amazing. Such a natural, but didn’t I tell you so? ;) I loved the pirate question!

    • March 25, 2015 / 4:04 PM

      Thank you, I could have asked so many more questions, I was getting quite into by the time my slot was over :)

  13. March 25, 2015 / 11:58 AM

    Brilliant interview Mari… can’t believe you got to meet Antonio Banderas!

    • March 25, 2015 / 4:03 PM

      Neither can I believe it Izzie, it has to be one of my Best Ever moments and thanks for being so kind.

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