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Antonio Banderas wants to age naturally.

'The Expendables 3' actor - who split from second wife Melanie Griffith, the mother of his 17-year-old daughter Stella, in June -insists he won't be undergoing any cosmetic surgery to prevent the onset of wrinkles as he gets older.

Speaking to The Times newspaper, the 53-year-old acting veteran said: "I'm not going to touch my face. I'm not going to put Botox and all that s**t in it. No, no, no. I will get older naturally."

Antonio's handsome face has previously secured him leading roles in films such as 'The Legend of Zorro' and the documentary 'Truth or Dare'.

The latter starred Madonna as a young woman lusting after the actor and despite rumours that he resented his portrayal in the documentary, Antonio insists he saw it as one big "advertisement" for his good looks.

He explained: "I was at a hotel in Los Angeles and she invited me over for dinner where she handed me a VHS of the film and said, 'If you don't like it, tell me and I will take you out of the film. But I think you are gorgeous, I like what you do and so I am kind of being a girl fantasising about the possibility of having you' ... and I saw it, and all I thought was, 'Wow. This is like an advertisement for me.' "

Content with ageing naturally, the Hollywood star revealed that he's also happy with his view of the future.

He reflected: "I used to be searching for something and I didn't know what it was but now I just say, 'I'm fine. I'm OK. I'm not searching for anything. And that is when things start coming, and it all starts to happen again."

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