Anne Hathaway Reveals Catwoman Role In ‘The Dark Knight Rises’

Anne Hathaway Catwoman

Anne Hathaway gave an interview recently that provides more details about her role in The Dark Knight Rises as Catwoman and why the character is working with the movies main villain, Bane, in at least some capacity.

Hathaway also explains how she approached playing the role and how the character has some unexpected similarities to the Joker. For example, there’s simply a lot of madness going on.

Anne had this to say:

“Gotham City is full of grace. You look at Heath [Ledger]’s performance as the Joker, there was a lot of madness there but there was also a grace and he had a code there. There’s a lot of belief and codes of behavior in Gotham and my character has one, too. A lot of the way she moves and interacts with people is informed by her worldview. Chris [Nolan] has given us all such complex, defined, sophisticated worldviews that it’s just a matter of doing your homework and getting underneath the character’s skin.”

Anne also explains she looked for inspiration from the actress who Batman co-creator Bob Kane credited as a major inspiration for the character: Hedy Lamarr, who was the conniving Attorney General in Blazing Saddles a major star for MGM during Hollywood’s Golden Age.

Specifically, she says she changed her breathing to resemble Lamarr:

“I know this sounds odd, but her breathing is extraordinary. She takes these long, deep, languid breaths and exhales slowly. There’s a shot of her in [the 1933 film] ‘Ecstasy’ exhaling a cigarette, and I took probably five breaths during her one exhale. So I started working on my breathing a lot.”

The Dark Knight Rises opens in theaters on July 20, 2012.

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