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Inspirations Behind Film's Favorite Characters

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The true inspiration behind the Zorro character can be traced back to folk icon Joaquin Murrieta, best known as the "Robin Hood of El Dorado". Murrieta and his gang, the Five Joaquins, were infamous for attacking settlers and wagon trains in California. The cause of his death and the place of his burial are heavily disputed. Antonio Banderas played the swashbuckler in the 1998 film "The Mask of Zorro" and the 2005 sequel "The Legend of Zorro." —XFINITY Entertainment Staff

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