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Antonio Banderas shares his softer side

The Spanish-born Hollywood star visited Nkosi’s Haven in Johannesburg and threw a party in honour of the children.

Thando Hopa and Antonio Banderas at the unveiling of his travelling photographic exhibition, entitled Women in Gold. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG – You might have seen him in films showing off his sword and gun skills and irresistibly good looks, but now Antonio Banderas is showing his softer side.

The Spanish-born Hollywood star visited Nkosi’s Haven in Johannesburg and threw a party in honour of the children.

The charming actor shared his desire to spend time with the children, expressing his passion for caring for others, and a self-imposed duty to do good with the fame he’s worked for.

Nkosi’s Haven offers care and support for HIV/Aids infected mothers and their children and was named after Nkosi Johnson, a young Aidsactivist who died in 2001.

Sharing his love for photography with the children, Banderas took on the role of party photographer, and spent the afternoon capturing portraits of the children and their mothers.

“The best role of my life has been, and still is, bringing comfort and help to people who really need and deserve it,” he said.

The Mask of Zorro actor is in South Africa to launch his perfume range The Secret Temptation.

As part of this launch, he unveiled his travelling photographic exhibition, entitled Women in Gold. This collection reflects his admiration and respect for all women, and every attribute that makes them “gold”.

Certain items from the exhibition will be auctioned off at a gala dinner, and the proceeds of this auction will be donated to Nkosi’s Haven.

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