The way I live: He grew up in Malaga, Spain, and moved to Hollywood in , and has been married to actress Melanie Griffith for 12 years. It was at the screening of Shrek Two at the Cannes Festival three years ago. I was sitting next to Cameron Diaz, and Justin was on the other side of her. None of us had actually seen the completed film and it came as a real surprise as to how moving it was. There were people — even some who work in films — with a few tears in their eyes.
Cameron just looked at the pair of us as though we were crazy. And now Puss is going to get his own film, too.
When I was very young they terrified me — but discovering the female universe was incredible and still is to this day, as you never stop learning about them. Women made such an impression on me I almost had to keep my distance from them out of fear and if I fell in love, well, that would be it.
She was in control of the whole thing. Once I stopped being scared of women, I was pretty popular with them. The Eighties was a crazy time. I think she hit me. It would have been like getting into bed with a sick woman. Ageing is seen as such a bad thing, and that is so wrong. Wrinkles to me are like medals and I think getting old is great. I read somewhere that the sixties are the new forties. Doing a sex scene with Angelina Jolie was the same as doing a scene where I have to fall off a horse.
I was completely naked and of course you worry that you may get aroused — and it happens sometimes — but then you think to yourself, "So what? One was found dead on the beach in Malaga, the other hanged himself. They were both 22 at the time. I was 18 and their deaths made a huge impression on me.
I was never tempted by drugs from that moment on. My only vice is smoking. And eating chocolate doughnuts. The secret is to not believe that all the beautiful girls out there will make you happier than you already are. The thought of how disappointed my wife and my little one would be in me is what stops me. But I love being married. It gives me a feeling of great security and warmth. Melanie has been sober for three years, but when she was drinking we had a real crisis.
But she made her own decision to get sober. I never gave her an ultimatum, as I always hoped and imagined she would get better. It made it possible to fall in love with my wife all over again. I was dangerous around women in my twenties. The guys come round to pick up Dakota and they look like something out of the Rolling Stones. Maybe I should stand there with my Zorro mask and sword and scare them off. I have about a half a million dollars worth of musical equipment in my house.
I have 15 guitars, including a Fender Stratocaster, a Fender Telecaster, three Gibsons, guitars from Spain and Mexico, a Martin, two pianos and synthesisers.
I have done a couple of charity performances and was once invited by Sting to sing at Carnegie Hall for a rainforest benefit. I record stuff for myself but it is definitely not for external exposure. I have no musical aspirations.
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