Antonio Banderas Portrays Picasso in 'Genius' Series

Antonio Banderas plays Pablo Picasso in NatGeo's "Genius: Picasso" anthology series.
Antonio Banderas plays Pablo Picasso in NatGeo's "Genius: Picasso" anthology series.
(Dusan Martincek / National Geographic)

Actor Antonio Banderas, a native of Spain, seems to be perfectly cast as Pablo Picasso in National Geographic’s “Genius” Season 2, which premieres April 24. The first season of “Genius”, which starred Geoffrey Rush as Einstein, was nominated for 10 Emmys, and was watched by over 45 million viewers globally, according to Variety.

Picasso worked for 80 years, creating around 50,000 works, including some of the 20th-century's most iconic art.

“The life story of Pablo Picasso has long since fascinated me and I have so much respect for this man, who also comes from my birthplace Málaga,” Banderas said. “I am thrilled... to tell an authentic story of one of the most innovative painters in the world.”

In a recent New York Times interview, Banderas explains that the series will confront Picasso's misogyny as much as his art. "The problem was that he wanted everything, everything, all the time," says Banderas.

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