November 11, 2004
Muy caliente! ANTONIO BANDERAS and CATHERINE ZETA-JONES are re-igniting their chemistry south of the border for the sequel to the 1998 action-adventure, 'The Mask of Zorro.' Only ET has the exclusive from the set of 'The Legend of Zorro'!
"This film holds a lot of meaning to me, both professionally and personally," Catherine says about the movie that catapulted her to stardom. "I actually met my husband [MICHAEL DOUGLAS] when I was promoting the film in Deauville, France, and it was such an amazing time for me, being completely unknown, really, in America or in Mexico, where I shot the first one. It's a very important film for me and it's very close to my heart."
Picking up several years after the first film, 'Legend' finds Alejandro, a.k.a. Zorro (Antonio), and Elena (Catherine) married with a 10-year-old son, Joaquin (ADRIAN ALONSO). Zorro continues to protect the poor and oppressed residents of the California territory. But when he tries to foil the nefarious plans of prominent land barons and businessmen who are trying to undermine the new statehood of California, Zorro suddenly finds his own family in danger.
"[After having] such a good time [on the first film], Antonio and I said to each other, 'If there's another one and the script's right, we have to do it,'" says Catherine on the set in San Luis Potosi in Mexico. "I think it's a rarity to have a sequel that takes seven years to come out, but the script feels right and that's why we're here."
But getting back into the saddle has not been so easy for the stars, especially Antonio, who is doing a lot of his own stunts, from swordplay and riding horses to an action sequence on a moving train!
"This movie hurts a little bit when you're doing it," Antonio says with a chuckle, "but it doesn't matter -- it doesn't matter when you go to the movie theatre and you see the people laughing and having a great time. All the sacrifices, we shouldn't even make remarks about them, because it's natural, it's our profession -- it's what we do."
"On the first movie we had, like, three weeks of boot camp training -- sword fighting, and dancing and horse riding," adds Catherine. "I just came off of 'Ocean's Twelve' so I had, like, a week before I started shooting, so I was really worried about it. I was a little rusty in the beginning, but I was just thrilled that all those many hours that we spent on the first movie, really classically training with the sword -- they paid off. And then I remembered how much I enjoy doing this, and how I should do it for myself as a hobby. I get this kind of crazed look in my eye -- just give me a sword! It's a lot of fun."
Executive-produced by STEVEN SPIELBERG and once again directed by MARTIN CAMPBELL ('Goldeneye'), 'The Legend of Zorro' also stars RUFUS SEWELL ('A Knight's Tale') and NICK CHINLUND ('The Chronicles of Riddick'). Look for it in theaters in fall 2005.