Spanish actor and Hollywood heartthrob Antonio Banderas has become the latest to fall foul of Spain’s tough new building regulations. The star was left shocked when he received an order to tear down part of his £5 million beachfront home near Malaga.
A court in Malaga has ordered Banderas to knock down the 300m2 wing added to his mansion near Malaga within eight weeks. Banderas and wife Melanie Griffith brought the six-bedroom property 12 years ago as their summer home after renting it for a year.
The star is said to have used the property, nicknamed La Gaviota, or The Seagull, to rehearse his part in the hit movie The Mask of Zorro. Neighbours say Banderas is the victim of corrupt town hall officials who allowed building on public land in return for backhanders.
The star is said to be furious at the latest decision and his lawyers are to appeal the ruling. The decision comes in the wake of shockwaves throughout the British expatriate community following the demolition of Len and Helen Prior’s home in the coastal town of Vera, southeastern Spain.
A bulldozer tore down their £200,000 property after the regional government revoked the building licence issued by the town hall. The move against Banderas would appear to show once and for all that the government is serious about recovering Spain’s coastline and serves notice that no one is immune from the bulldozers.