The Dominion Post reports that a miniature Mexico – complete with tiny cactus plants and replica sand – has been created in Wellington for the filming of Columbia Pictures' The Legend of Zorro. Here's a clip:
But it took a bit of work convincing Hollywood movie executives the project would be possible, Kiwi-born director Martin Campbell said during filming at a secret location yesterday.
He and producer Lloyd Phillips, also a New Zealander, have enlisted the help of local special-effects studio Weta Workshop and four-times Oscar-winner Richard Taylor for the film's climax.
Pursuading movie executives the final scene – which includes a sword fight atop a train and ends in an explosion – would be possible, took some work. "But we explained how Richard could help us. He was our solution."
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