Antonio Playing Pablo

April 24, 2018

Antonio Banderas shares his birthplace in Spain with Pablo Picasso.

But the actor had passed on other chances to portray the titan of 20th-century painting, intimidated by the “huge figure” from their native Malaga, Spain.

Banderas finally decided the moment was right with “Genius: Picasso,” the National Geographic drama series from producers Ron Howard and Brian Grazer.

Picasso was an extremely complex man, including in his treatment of his wives and lovers, Banderas said.

But the actor said he can’t play “morality judge” for Picasso, a man born in a different time.

The Nat Geo series debuting Tuesday co-stars Alex Rich as the young Picasso, along with Samantha Colley and T.R. Knight.