The smile on his face said it all – Antonio Banderas was thrilled to receive his honorary doctorate from the University of Malaga – in the city where he was born.
Dressed in ceremonial clothes, he showed off his doctoral ring to the assembled crowd, before telling them: "I never imagined when I left Malaga in 1980, that this would happen."
He added: "I really value what has been given to me today, and I want to open more lines of collaboration between the University of Malaga and the world of cinema.
"I put at your disposal my 30 years of experience in this industry."
Longtime fans of the actor will no doubt be pleased to know he has signed up to work again with Pedro Almodovar, the iconic Spanish director who helped his rise to fame.
The Oscar-winning film-maker cast him in many of his early movies, including Law of Desire, Matador and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. And it was his breakthrough role in Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down, that helped spur him on to Hollywood.
The new movie is a revenge thriller, titled La Piel Que Habito (The Skin I Live In), and Antonio will begin filming later this year.
While Almodovar has given little away about the plot – it's reported to follow the story of a plastic surgeon on the trail of a man who raped his daughter – he has said that: "It's the harshest film I've ever written."
He adds: "And Antonio's character is brutal."