Banderas' Basic Instinct leads to Stone

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iol pic june 25 sharon stone REUTERS Actress Sharon Stone poses on the red carpet as she arrives for the screening of the film 'The Search' in competition at the 67th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes on May 21, 2014. Photo: Benoit Tessier

London - Antonio Banderas is reportedly growing close to Sharon Stone.

The 53-year-old actor - who split from wife Melanie Griffith earlier this month after 18 years of marriage - and his old friend are said to be taking a "very relaxed" approach to a any potential romance, but friends say there is a definite "spark" between them.

A source said: "Antonio and Sharon have been great friends for years. They have always flirted outrageously and now they're closer than ever.

"It's all very relaxed at the moment and they want to keep it quiet out of respect for Melanie, but there's no denying the spark is there."

Antonio and Sharon - whose romance with Martin Mica ended last year - are said to even be planning a holiday next month.

The source continued: "Antonio and Sharon are making plans for a getaway together in July. They've both been married twice before and are just enjoying having fun."

iol pic june 25 mel and antonio Actor Antonio Banderas and wife Melanie Griffith have split after 18 years of marriage. Photo: Carlo Allegri REUTERS

Melanie - who has 17-year-old daughter Stella with her estranged spouse - is said to feel "weird" about the 'Shrek' star's potential new romance, but thinks it is right for them to move on.

The source told the new UK issue of Grazia magazine: "Mel feels weird about Sharon and Antonio's closeness, but knows they both needed to move on from the marriage.

"Relations have been at breaking point for some time and they both seem to have decided that they would be better off finding happiness elsewhere instead of living in misery together." - BANG Showbiz

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