ANTONIO BANDERAS on bended knee to keep his marriage to MELANIE GRIFFITH from ending up in divorce court

After reports circulated that the Spanish hunk had cheated on his wife of fifteen years, and the disappearance of her wedding ring last week, Banderas has now gone into crisis control to save their relationship and that Griffith is finally responding to his lovey-dovey tactics.

“Antonio has been desperately trying to win Melanie’s trust back,” a source tolds

 “He has been doing everything in his power to revive the romance — flowers, sweet-talking on the phone, and extravagant gifts — because he realizes that she is close to her breaking point.”

Griffith, who was pap snapped without her wedding ring on, knows that she has the upper hand in the situation though and isn’t going to give in easily.

“She is playing hard to get,” the source revealed. 

“She has always known how to keep him on his toes and it wasn’t a coincidence that the cameras caught her with her wedding ring off! Ultimately she will probably stay with him but not before making him squirm.”

Though Griffith’s wedding bling in back on her finger, the Working Girl actress is keeping her distance, spending time vacationing with their children in Aspen and Hawaii, while Banderas is busy jet-setting around the world for work.

“The day Antonio flew into Los Angeles for a work gig, Melanie left with the kids for Aspen. She isn’t messing around.

“The last thing Banderas wants is a nasty high-profile divorce,” the source continues.  “Despite their problems he still loves her and will do anything to keep her from leaving him.”