Penelope Cruz Wants to Reassure Downtrodden Spaniards That She’s Not Even a Little Bit ArrogantS

This morning, Penelope Cruz's agent let the world know that the actress really wants "to rectify" a quote she'd made earlier about being a one-woman government stimulus package for the languishing Spanish workforce. Cruz was quoted in an unidentified publication as saying, "I will produce a couple of films a year in Spain to provide work for hundreds of people," a statement that some nitpicky people might call arrogant. At least, that's what she was worried about, which is why, to dispel any misconceptions that her economic boasting was delivered in "an arrogant tone," Cruz explained that she simply meant that she's concerned about the future of Spanish cinema and will do her part to encourage filmmakers to make movies there. See? Nothing to be concerned about at all — Penelope Cruz is still humble, so you can go merrily about your Sunday business of watching Vicki Cristina Barcelona and trying to ignore that nature documentary narration. [USA Today]

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