Penelope Cruz concerned about crisis in Spain

Associated Press
FILE - Spanish actress Penelope Cruz during the presentation of the Goya 2010 film awards in Madrid, Spain, in this file photo dated Sunday Feb. 14, 2010.  In a statement released Sunday Sept. 9, 2012 Oscar-winning actress Cruz denied saying she would create hundreds of jobs in Spain by making at least two films a year there and slammed an Italian newspaper for allegedly manipulating her words, saying the financial crisis engulfing Spain was too serious an issue “to allow my words to be misinterpreted or manipulated for the sake of manufacturing frivolous headlines.”(AP Photo/Paul White, File)

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MADRID (AP) — Oscar-winning actress Penelope Cruz says she is deeply concerned about the financial crisis engulfing Spain and how it might affect the future of the film industry in her native country.

The Hollywood star said she would like to encourage film-makers to choose Spain as a location and perhaps use her status to promote co-productions there.

In a statement released Sunday through her agent Katrina Bayonas, Cruz said she also wanted "to rectify" what she called a misinterpretation of her words.

Cruz said an unnamed publication had quoted her as saying, "I will produce a couple of films a year in Spain to provide work for hundreds of people."

Cruz said the published words had "an arrogant tone" that had "nothing to do" with what she had wanted to say.

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