CATHERINE Zeta Jones jumped at the chance to star in the Mask of Zorro sequel because it reminded her of when she first met hubby Michael Douglas.
The Mumbles-born star, who looks every inch the swashbuckling beauty alongside co-star Antonio Banderas in these exclusive pictures, couldn't wait to be in The Legend of Zorro.
The 35-year-old, who reprises the role of Elena that made her an A-list name, said: "This film holds a lot of meaning to me, both professionally and personally.
"I actually met my husband Michael 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."
The Legend of Zorro story picks up 10 years later, as Alejandro (played by Banderas), wife Elena and their 10-year-old son have settled into comfortable family living.
Zorro returns to action when greedy and powerful landlords threaten his territory and his family.
And, although sequels are sometimes risky business in the world of film, the pair said it was too good an opportunity to miss.
Banderas said: "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."
The Legend of Zorro is due out in the US on November 4 and will face some tough competition from blockbuster sci-fi flick Fantastic Four, starring our very own Ioan Gruffudd.
He plays comic strip hero Mr Fantastic, also known as Reed Richards, and will go head to head with his Welsh compatriot.
One film insider said: "It'll be tough but sequels don't tend to do as well in the box office so my money's on Fantastic Four."