Interview with Antonio Banderas: Sponge out of Water

Antonio Banderas and Marianne Weekes

Much to the delight of Britain’s children, there’s a new SpongeBob movie, Sponge Out of the Water.

Much to the delight of Britain’s mums, Antonio Banderas is playing Burger-Beard the pirate, the baddie of the story. Paramount invited me along to watch Sponge Out of the Water and then to chat with Antonio Banderas in the flesh about his role.

Now let me tell you that Banderas plays an excellent and very convincing pirate, not that I am biased or anything. He is LOUD, he has the best beard ever (more about that from himself) and, as with all baddies, he is beaten and put in his place.

The story, written by Stephen Hillenburg and Paul Tibbit, is one amazing mashup of ideas. Just about everything imaginable happens, nothing is logical, squirrels living under the sea, dolphins in outer space and plankton hiding in coins. Ah, coins. I need to tell you about the coin.

The story is focused on a magical book whose written text comes true, the book tells the tale of SpongeBob SquarePants who cooks at the Krusty Krab in Bikini Bottom. He also guards the secret formula of the Krabby Patty for his boss Mr Krab.

Plankton, Mr Krab’s competition who runs Chum Bucket, wants the formula so he can be as successful as Mr Krab. He hides himself in a penny, enters the safe where the secret formula is kept and so the story starts.

Burger-Beard the Pirate (Antonio Banderas) manages to steal the formula and make a fortune making patties on the beach. It was my intention to get my hands on the formula and treat the kids of Britain to infinite Krabby Patties but would Antonio Banderas tell me the secret formula or would I have to use some Paramount magic and transport myself via an English penny? Watch the interview to find out.

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About Marianne Weekes

BLOGS AT: Mari’s World; TWITTER: @maris_world.

Mother of four and nana to three, Marianne Weekes has spent half her life in the UK and the other half in Italy.

Blogging since Jan 2010, she finds it hard to drag herself away from her laptop and writes about food, travel and lifestyle.
Always on the lookout for the next thing which takes her down many surprising lanes.


  1. Great work there Mari! I love your style and I admire his ability to answer each question in detail, giving as full an answer as he can. You can tell he’s a pro- I’ve seen other actors give interviews and they are terrible. Antonio has the skills!!

    • 21 March 2015 / 18:38

      He was utterly amazing Nadine, I wish I could have spent longer with him, a very interesting man.

  2. 22 March 2015 / 22:38

    Wow what a week for you indeed!! You did a fab job, had a real conversation with him which is great, what a fantastic memory 🙂

  3. 23 March 2015 / 16:09

    The movie looks fab, and excellent interviewing there Mari! well done x