Antonio Banderas is planning to frighten his daughter's potential boyfriends by donning his DESPERADO costume and pulling out a sword.

The Spanish star is so aware of his own heart-breaking behaviour as a youngster, he fears his child STELLA, seven, will face the same bad treatment he regularly dished out.

And to prevent his daughter from dating the wrong men, Banderas - husband of MELANIE GRIFFITH - plans to interfere and filter out the bad boys.

He tells New York website PAGE SIX, "I'll get dressed in my Desperado costume. When the boy arrives, I'll take out my sword and say, 'What do you want with my daughter?'"

06/11/2003 17:02