THE MASK OF ZORRO
CATHERINE ZETA-JONES (Elena Montero) is undertaking her
first major screen role in a Hollywood film in The Mask of
Zeta-Jones was brought to the attention of the filmmakers by Steven
Spielberg, who had been watching television one night when he
spotted her in "The Titanic" miniseries. The next day,
he called Campbell and suggested the director consider her for
Elena. "Steven convinced me," said Campbell. "Few
people outside England have seen her work, and it is exciting
to think we are introducing this great new talent."
Producer Foster said, "This is a huge opportunity for Catherine,
starring opposite Hopkins and Banderas. She distinguishes herself
both as an actress and as a true professional, having endured
the physical aspects of her role."
The Mask of Zorro reunites the Welsh-born Zeta-Jones with
Hopkins, who previously directed her in a 1992 theater production
of the Dylan Thomas play "Under Milkwood."
"I loved working with Catherine, both in the play and in
The Mask Of Zorro," Hopkins says. "She is wonderful.
I'm only sorry they didn't need her to sing in Zorro. She has
a beautiful voice."
Zeta-Jones first came to prominence in England in 1991 when she
appeared in "The Darling Buds of May," a popular British
comedy/drama series from Yorkshire Television based on the novel
by H.E. Bates. Before undertaking the series, Zeta-Jones appeared
on the London stage in the lead role of the musical hit "42nd
She made her film debut in French director Philip de Broca's 1990
A versatile actress, Zeta-Jones segued back to theater work in
"Street Scenes" with the English National Opera after
wrapping "The Darling Buds of May." She then returned
to television in the title role of the miniseries "Catherine
the Great." Additional film roles include a featured role
in The Phantom and parts in Splitting Heirs and
Christopher Columbus: The Discovery. The actress will next
be seen starring opposite Sean Connery in the film, Entrapment.
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