Antonio Banderas perfected his swordplay for the original ZORRO movie seven years ago (98) by training with the Spanish Olympic fencing team.

The Spaniard feared he wouldn't be ready to play the masked hero when THE MASK OF ZORRO started shooting, but then director Robert Rodriguez dropped out of the project and Banderas found himself with four months to kill.

He recalls, "When he dropped out, that gave me the possibility of working with the Olympic National Fencing Team of Spain, and I used all those skills I got sword fighting."