Antonio Banderas has confessed he changed his real name as a "political act".

The Latin heartthrob was christened JOSE BANDERA, which means flag in Spanish - but he decided to add an extra 's' for grandiose reasons.

Banderas explains, "I changed it to Antonio Banderas as a political act.

"I added the 's' to (salute) the Spanish regions and the Spanish flag."

28/05/2004 18:00