Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones really made one TMZ photog work hard for the money shot last night -- faking him out at Xi'an in Beverly Hills.
The A-listers exited the restaurant, to find that the valet had brought the wrong white SUV for them. It appeared that Michael didn't know if the boxy ride was his or not, until the valet said it was a Land Rover ... Douglas owns a sleek Lexus.
The two went back inside the restaurant and our photog waited for the right car to pull up -- it never did. Douglas and Zeta-Jones ended up sneaking out the back -- but TMZ ran back there just in time to get a quick wave from Catherine as they took off!