1. After joining the cast two years into the series, what difficulties adjusting did you have on the set?
1) Adjusting....I wanted to be the best that I could possibly be and maybe I'm a little too hard on myself, but I worked very hard on knowing my lines, rehearsing and rehearsing and rehearsing the fights, bringing as much flair and passion and truth to the role as possible. I wanted to make sure that the producers had made a simply brilliant choice in choosing me to replace Michael Tylo. I did not know anything about the politics of Tylo's leaving the show and didn't want to know. My job was difficult enough without complicating it with trying to figure in politics. Just do the damn job! That's my motto. I love to sword fight, to ride and travel and they actually wanted my white hair so wow....it seemed to me to be a dream. And ya know what....it was! I had a wonderful wonderful wonderful time in Spain and got on famously with everyone in the show, English, American, Canadian, Spanish, French whatever. Many parts. Henry Darrow and I became very fast friends on the set although we were mortal enemies in the show. I still hang with Henry eery chance I get and I was very pleased to hear that he is been working on several film project over the past year. He's the greatest...I part of the whole experience that made it all so special...was sitting off stage with Henry, having a Coke in the hot midday Spanish sun and listening to Henry tell Cameron Mitchell, "High Chapparel" and assorted Hollywood stories....he is a dear dear man, a truly wonderful actor and a close friend that I don't get to see enough of in this damn spread-out town that tends to isolate people too much. anyway, Henry and I would sit for long breaks that could have become days if we weren't constantly interrupted by the director asking us to be in a scene or some such nonsense. HENRY was great. I spent a good deal of time with the Spanish crew, Moises, Andres, Juan Prosper, Eduardo and Pepe, Maria Luz, Emelia, Juanito, and of course the stuntmen or especialistas as they are called in Spain....Alvaro, my double and Ignacio Carerra, Duncan's double. I wanted to learn Spanish and I did while I was there, so I often hung with the crew. I didn't get to spend too much time with Duncan, since he was practically never off stage, and he followed such a strict regimen of diet, exercise and sleep to maintain his strength and health over the intense and exhausting shooting schedule. But, occasionally on the breaks, Duncan and Catherine and My wife and I would go downtown into Madrid, café hopping, art shopping and flea-market shopping. Duncan is such a good artist in his own right, he was able to introduce us to a particular Spanish neo-impressionist, BROVIA, whose paintings are like symphonies of color, form, subject....just feels wonderful to look at them...we bought several, not at all expensive, but they are extraordinary.
2. Was the cast "close"? Who had the best sense of humor off-camera? Whom do you think enriched you the most as an actor? What was Regehr like to work with?
2) Being in a foreign country during the shooting, brought the cast very close I think. I became friends with all of them and look forward to seeing them whenever possible. It was a fabulous time for me, a real gift in my life.
3. What did you enjoy most about your Zorro experiences?
3) Enjoyed the most? Maybe the horseback riding, the sword fighting, the humor in the show...the relationship I had with Sergeant Mendoza, Jimmy Victor, a really gifted comedian. I though we were a great pair, but I think Jimmy could make any straight man look good. That's what I think. But I loved shooting outdoors under the Spanish skies, with the plateau winds whistling through the scenes....some scenes were so windy you can see furniture, clothing, small animals and occasionally some of the actors being blown across the set in the background .
4. What reason was the cast given for the show's cancellation?
4) Cancellation. I don't know. I think someone mentioned that some international partner dropped out of the financing so they couldn't afford to shoot anymore. I tend to believe that the producers just got disinterested and wanted to move on to developing new shows. Completely reasonable, but a little sad....I loved the show and the people on it and was very sad to see it g off the air.
5. How did you like filming in Spain?
5) Loved filming in Spain. Fell in love with Madrid. On one Saturday night, I was alone and had visited a few tapa bars, I walked from Atocha in the south of the city to Cuzco, near our hotel at about midnight. The streets were filled with whole families out on a Saturday night to have late dinners and tapas...the streets were literally filled. It was remarkable. The Madrillenos seemed to look forward to going out at night and seeing their fellow city dwellers on the sidewalks of the old city. Not so much like American big cities, where we try to avoid eye contact with each other after dark on the streets. Oh well.
6. Do you ride or fence?
6) Ride or fence? I live to fence and I grew up with horses. I learned a lot about fencing from Peter Diamond, the sword master on the show, who also directed a few of the episodes. An by the end of the second year, I practically lived in the saddle. I had a wonderful horse, actually two horses, both Arabians. The first was named CAUDILLO which was also what Franco had been called in Spain prior to his death in 72. Caudillo was the BOSS and what a beautiful horse he was...broad back, very easy sit, tremendously smooth gallop, gorgeous head and neck, powerful shoulders. But he had a bad knee that hurt him after we had done a couple of high speed chases after that damned Zorro. He had to rest his knee and production couldn't wait so we had to switch horses eventually. Mny second mount was extremely well trained and smart and I came to feel like "I lived in his saddle by the second season. I forget his name, damn it, but he was a great horse.