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Steven Spielberg took notice of Zeta-Jones in Titanic and recommended her to Martin Campbell, who was directing The Mask of Zorro (1998) for Spielberg’s production company. Campbell cast her as the leading lady in favour of Izabella Scorupco, who was his original choice for the part.
Co-starring Anthony Hopkins and Antonio Banderas, the film tells the story of Zorro (Hopkins), a Mexican warrior who sets out to avenge the death of his wife and find his lost daughter Elena (Zeta-Jones). She found similarities between her volatile Celtic personality and her Latin character’s temperament, and in preparation she studied dancing, riding and sword-fighting, and took diction lessons in Spanish