En Garde! Facts About The Mask Of Zorro

The Mask of Zorro is a 1998 swashbuckling film starring Antonio Banderas, Anthony Hopkins, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Stuart Wilson. It is based on the character of the masked vigilante named Zorro, created by Johnston McCulley in 1919. The film was met with both commercial and critical success although it had its fair share of roadblocks along the way. So, unsheathe your saber, steal a horse, and ride into these lesser-known facts about The Mask of Zorro.

Sean Connery Almost Played The Older Version Of Zorro

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Although The Mask of Zorro may have had its ups and downs during production, one of the biggest issues when making the film was casting. When discussing who should play Don Diego de la Vega, Danish cinematographer Mikael Solomon was intent on casting Sean Connery.

Solomon was interested in the idea that the whole cast would be Latino except for Connery. However, after he missed the start of principal photography, he dropped out of the film and took his idea of casting Connery with him.