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The Mask of Zorro (1998) Poster

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Not only was Joaquin Murrieta a historical figure, he is widely believed to be the inspiration for the original literary character Zorro.
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Originally, Sir Anthony Hopkins refused the part of Don Diego de la Vega because of his back pain. A laser operation made it possible for him to accept the part.
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Legendary sword trainer Bob Anderson, who trained Errol Flynn, remarked that Antonio Banderas was the most gifted swordsman he had worked with since Flynn. Banderas had also trained with the Spanish Olympic team for four months.
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In order to accomplish the effect of Elena's dress falling off from being sliced up by Zorro, a wire was attached to the dress to pull it off.
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Sir Sean Connery turned down the part of Don Diego de la Vega.
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Antonio Banderas was extremely adamant about performing many of his own stunts for authenticity.
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Catherine Zeta-Jones was cast at the suggestion of Steven Spielberg, who had enjoyed her work in the Titanic (1996) miniseries.
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Legend has it that Director Martin Campbell didn't want to use Zorro's famous bullwhip in the film. However, Sir Anthony Hopkins felt the whip was an important part of Zorro's equipment. Hopkins practiced daily, learned to manipulate the whip, and persuaded Campbell to film certain tricks with the whip. The Whip is custom made by Alex Green. He gave it to Hopkins after he doubled for Hopkins in Legend of the Fall and The Edge!
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Raul Julia was originally supposed play Don Diego de la Vega, but died before he could take the role.
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Sir Anthony Hopkins impersonates Bernardo, Zorro's butler in the original stories. Zorro was a major inspiration for Batman, and Bernardo became the butler Alfred Pennyworth. Hopkins was also offered this role in Batman Begins (2005).
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According to an account in book "Tales from the Script" (2010) by Peter Hanson and Paul Robert Herman, David S. Ward re-wrote approximately eighty-five percent of the dialogue, but received no on-screen credit, a predicament that spawned enough controversy to merit a front page article in the Los Angeles Times.
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There is a distinct difference between the costumes for Don Diego de la Vega as Zorro, and Alejandro as Zorro. The Costume Designer for the film claimed, that de la Vega's costume portrayed his Spanish heritage, while Alejandro's portrayed his Mexican heritage.
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Martin Campbell, director of GoldenEye (1995), turned down Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) in order to direct this movie, as did Sir Anthony Hopkins. Campbell returned to the Bond franchise in Casino Royale (2006).
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Steven Spielberg declined to direct, as he was busy with Saving Private Ryan (1998). He stayed on as Executive Producer.
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In previous Zorro installments, the hero is always seen smiling while he's fighting. This trait was followed by Don Diego and Alejandro.
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Robert Rodriguez was originally attached to direct, but the studio didn't agree with his much more violent, and R-rated proposal.
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When Montero goes to the prison to seek out Zorro, several of the prisoners claim to be Zorro, in a scene reminiscent of a similar scene in Spartacus (1960). Sir Anthony Hopkins provided the voice of Crassus during the restoration of the earlier film.
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Shakira was offered the role of Elena.
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Antonio Banderas provided the voice of Puss in Boots in Shrek 2 (2004), Shrek the Third (2007), Shrek Forever After (2010), and Puss in Boots (2011). The character of Puss in Boots is essentially Zorro, in cat form.
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The film caught the attention of European Royalty with the film's foreign premieres. Spain's Juan Carlos de Borbón, Queen, and Princess Elena attended the first Royal premiere in Madrid in seven years. On December 10, 1998, a Royal Command Performance for this movie was attended by Prince Charles, Prince William of Wales, and Prince Harry, amongst others.
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Catherine Zeta-Jones later admitted that she became genuinely aroused during the stable sword fight scene where her clothes were cut off by Zorro. This effect was accomplished by attaching a wire to the dress and then yanking it off of her.
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Alejandro holds onto and trains with his own Rapier, with which he is first seen, up until he officially dons Zorro's mask, at which point, he opts for one of de la Vega's swords.
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Penélope Cruz was considered for Elena.
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During filming, the producers were frustrated by Customs Agents, when some props and other items, including Zorro's plastic sword, were held for nine days.
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The swords used for filming were made of aluminum, and produced a very dead "clank" sound. So the "clinks" and "clangs" had to dubbed for each sword fight throughout the film.
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Robert Rodriguez wanted Salma Hayek to play Elena.
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Benicio Del Toro, Andy Garcia, Marc Anthony, Joaquim de Almeida, and Elmer Figueroa Arce were considered for the part of Alejandro Murrieta.
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James Horner's score was influenced by Miklós Rózsa's score from El Cid (1961).
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After watching La ardilla roja (1993), Stanley Kubrick advised Steven Spielberg to hire Julio Medem to direct this movie. Spielberg contacted Medem, but the Spanish filmmaker rejected the job, and preferred to keep working in more personal projects.
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Izabella Scorupco was offered the role of Elena.
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Sam Shepard, Lance Henriksen, Edward James Olmos, Scott Glenn, and Giancarlo Giannini were considered for the part of Rafael Montero.
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In October 1992, TriStar Pictures and Amblin Entertainment were planning to start production on Zorro the following year, and hired Joel Gross to re-write the script after they were impressed with his work on The Three Musketeers (1993). At the time, Steven Spielberg was producing Zorro with the potential to direct. Gross completed his re-write in March 1993, and TriStar entered pre-production, creating early promotion for the film at the ShoWest trade show. By December 1993, Branko Lustig was producing the film with Spielberg, and Mikael Salomon was attached as director.
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Contrary to false claims, Antonio Banderas is not the first Spanish actor to portray Zorro. José Suárez portrayed Zorro in Lawless Mountain (1953). Carlos Quiney played him in three 1970s films Zorro's Latest Adventure (1969), Zorro the Invincible (1971), and Zorro, Rider of Vengeance (1971). Banderas is also not the first Latino to play Zorro. He is preceded by other Latinos such as Rafael Bertrand (1964), Rodolfo de Anda (1976), and Henry Darrow (1980s).
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On January 24, 2001, Sony Pictures Entertainment filed a lawsuit in United States District Court, Central District of California, Western Division, against Fireworks Entertainment Group, the producers of the syndicated television series Queen of Swords (2000). Sony alleged copyright infringement and other claims, saying the series "copied protectable elements from the 'Zorro' character and 'Zorro' related works". On April 5, 2001, U.S. District Judge Collins denied Sony's motion for a preliminary injunction, noting "that since the copyrights in (Johnson McCulley's 1919 short story) The Curse of Capistrano and The Mark of Zorro (1920) lapsed in 1995 or before, the character Zorro has been in the public domain." As to specific elements of this film, the judge found that any similarities between the film and the television series' secondary characters and plot elements were insufficient to warrant an injunction.
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In past incarnations of Zorro in books, and on film, Don Alejandro was the name of the father of Don Diego de la Vega (Zorro). In this film, Alejandro is the name of Zorro's young protégé and eventual successor.
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Production stalled for four days, when Martin Campbell was hospitalized for bronchitis.
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The mask Alejandro puts on, just before he steals the horse, was made from the same scarf he had earlier unwrapped from the horse's front leg.
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Sir Anthony Hopkins and Catherine Zeta-Jones play father and daughter in the movie, and are both Welsh in real life. They are the only Welsh actors in the film.
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Stuart Wilson's second collaboration with Martin Campbell. Wilson appeared in Campbell's No Escape (1994) and Vertical Limit (2000).
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The film was initially set for release on December 19, 1997 before the release date was changed to March 1998. There was speculation within the media about whether TriStar changed the date in an attempt to avoid competition with Titanic (1997). In reality, Zorro had encountered production problems that extended its shooting schedule. In addition, Sony Pictures Entertainment, TriStar's parent company, wanted an action film for its first quarter releases of 1998.
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Sir Anthony Hopkins, who is Welsh, played Spaniard Don Diego de la Vega. Antonio Banderas, who is a Spaniard, played Mexican Alejandro Murrieta.
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Despite the fact that this was filmed with J-D-C anamorphic lenses, "Filmed in Panavision" is listed in the end credits.
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When Steven Spielberg was being sought to direct, Tom Cruise was to be his Zorro.
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The love interest, Elena, mistakes Zorro for a priest. This is similar to what happens with Lolita in The Mark of Zorro (1940).
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Rather ironically, Antonio Banderas is not Mexican. He is in fact Spanish, meaning he shares more in common with the antagonists than the protagonist
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In the original Zorro by Disney in 1957 Don Diego De La Vega was romantic interest was a woman by the name of Elena, and in The Mask of Zorro, Elena as the name of his daughter.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

At the end, when Zorro confronts Captain Love, he pulls out his sword, and the sun glints off the blade running the full length. This was not CGI, and was suggested by Antonio Banderas. He had to tilt the sword to catch the sun without breaking eye contact with Love. It only took three takes.
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Joaquin Murrieta, Alejandro Murrieta's (Antonio Banderas') brother, and Three-fingered Jack were real-life bandits in Northern California at the time of the 1849 Gold Rush. Joaquin Murrieta was a Mexican, born in Sonora, who moved to California to find his fortune. But after being beaten and robbed by American gold miners, he swore that he would avenge his dishonor. He was the lead in a group of bandits in the California wilderness, killing anyone who stood in their way. His life was the stuff of legend, used by Mexicans as a source of patriotism, and by Americans as reason enough to hang anyone who spoke Spanish. Three-fingered Jack was actually a Mexican by the name of Manuel Garcia, who was Murrieta's sidekick. Murrieta was supposedly killed on July 18, 1853 by Captain Harry Love, who preserved Murrieta's head in a jar of alcohol, along with Three-fingered Jack's hand, as proof that the bandit was dead.
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In Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio's original draft of the screenplay, Don Diego was not killed, and lived to tell the story of Zorro's adventures to his granddaughter.
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The DVD includes an alternate ending where Alejandro and Elena meet General Santa Anna while walking away from the mine with all the rescued prisoners. Joaquim de Almeida played Santa Anna in this scene.
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During the post-production phase, Steven Spielberg and Martin Campbell decided that Don Diego de la Vega's death in the arms of his daughter was too depressing. The ending, where Alejandro and Elena are happily married with their infant son, was added three months after filming had ended.
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