Antonio Banderas to star in equity crowdfunded Hollywood film: Salty

 
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The award-winning Spanish actor Antonio Banderas has been announced as the star of one of the world's first equity crowdfunded Hollywood movies.

The Mask of Zorro and Desperado star will play the lead character Turk Henry in "Salty", which received £1.9m via crowdfunding platform SyndicateRoom.

Described as "The Hangover meets Spinal Tap", the film is the largest equity crowdfunded film project of all time, after the British public was invited to put forward a stake in its production.

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Banderas' character will play an ageing rock star and reformed sex addict, married to a supermodel, who is abducted by pirates while on holiday in South America.

"Finally three of my passions together, cinema, music and humour," Banderas said.

Salty's director, Simon West, said: "Films of this type like The Hangover and Bridesmaids are perfect examples of how popular this genre can be.

"I am going to shoot Salty in a style that will exude energy, fun and glamour with elaborate and exciting action sequences very much in the vein of my previous films. With Antonio on board, it's going to be a phenomenal picture."

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