For one night, Antonio Banderas was back to being Zorro.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, that’s the code name given to the 51-year-old Spanish actor during his fall fundraising event for President Barack Obama. The president’s U.S. Secret Service agents dubbed Banderas that, in reference to his role as Zorro in 1998’s The Mask of Zorro film.
In a recent interview with U.K. talk show host Graham Norton, Banderas spoke about that day when he and wife Melanie Griffith invited Obama to his home to raise funds for his re-election campaign.
“We received the President of the United States in our home. It makes me happy because it is not something you do everyday. We all had, in the family, code names for security. ... I was Zorro,” Banderas said. Of course, the usually playful Banderas added humor to his story. “It could have been worse. I could have been Puss,” the handsome actor joked.
As we reported back in October, the fundraising party held by Banderas and his wife was also co-hosted by Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria. The party, which was held in Los Angeles for 120 people, charged anywhere from $5,000-$35,00 for those interested in attending. The event was reportedly part of a broader effort by Obama to increase support from Latino voters for his re-election campaign, which has reportedly suffered due mainly to his inability to pass any meaningful immigration reform.