Anthony Hopkins, who played Zorro's father in the first film, has expressed interest in continuing in the series even though his character dies in the first. Banderas says the writing team of Terry Russio and Ted Elliott (who also wrote "Pirates of the Caribbean" and "Shrek") isn't including a place for Hopkins.
"Hopkins, no, because he got killed," the actor explains. "We have a bunch of new bad guys, but we don't know names yet."
Banderas voices the swashbuckling feline Puss in Boots in "Shrek 2," which opened this weekend, and he admits he played off his Zorro character for the animated role. He's ready and raring to play Zorro again.
"I'm in pretty good shape now, but what I have to do obviously is just to go back to the sword and to the horse," he says.