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  • Actor-Inspired Element: 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.
  • The Cast Showoff:
    • Antonio Banderas shows his skill at fencing and dancing.
    • Anthony Hopkins was very proud of the work he did mastering the bullwhip and insisted they let him show off a bit. The scene in the cave where he's extinguishing candles with the whip? That was Hopkins.
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  • Dueling Movies: This film came out it close proximity to the fellow 1998 swashbuckler The Man in the Iron Mask. Both feature older versions of the classic hero coming back into action in order to take down a corrupt ruler and mentoring a younger hero in training.
  • Fake Nationality:
    • Both Don Diego and his daughter Elena are played by Welsh actors, Alejandro is a Mexican played by a Spaniard, and both villains (the probably Spanish Montero and the French Armand) are played by Englishmen.
    • As a point of interest, this is the first Zorro movie where the hero is played by a real Spaniard as in the books. Unfortunately, this version is not Don Diego de la Vega and is Mexican.
  • Follow the Leader: This film came out in a wave of modern swashbuckler adventure films that updated classic stories following the success of Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, with bonus points for also having a love ballad/pop song made for it that's weaved into the orchestral score. Although in terms of its story whilst The Mask of Zorro may have inspired the film version of The Count of Monte Cristo; Zorro itself seems to be a retelling of the Monte Cristo story (it's actually a retelling of The Curse Of Capistrano).
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  • No Stunt Double: Antonio Banderas was extremely adamant about performing many of his own stunts for authenticity.
  • Release Date Change: 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 Tri Star 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, Tri Star's parent company, wanted an action film for its first quarter releases of 1998.
  • Star-Making Role: For Catherine Zeta-Jones.
  • What Could Have Been:
  • You Look Familiar: Pedro Armendariz Jr. plays both Don Hector and Governor Riley. In addition Tony Amendola plays Don Luis and Father Quintero, the name of the villain in the Tyrone Power film was Don Luis Quintero.
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