Michelle Pfeiffer Critiques Anne Hathaway's Catwoman Role, Reveals She 'Shamelessly Called' Tim Burton For 'Dark Shadows' Job (EXCLUSIVE)

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The first time Michelle Pfeiffer worked with Tim Burton was in 1992’s Batman Returns in which she played Selina Kyle, aka Catwoman. This summer, fans are looking forward to a new Catwoman, played by Anne Hathaway, 29, in The Dark Knight Rises, but is Pfeiffer?
“I love Anne Hathaway, I’m a huge fan,” the 54-year-old actress told Celebuzz. “The nature of all of these characters is they’re played by different people all the time. I think she’s great and I think she’s going to be awesome.”
While there's a new Batman cast and crew, Pfeiffer and Burton are back working together again in the new film Dark Shadows.

She admits that the two hadn’t talked in years when she nervously called him and asked for a part.

“I shamelessly called him – ‘gimme a job after,’ twenty years,” she laughed. “At that point, I don’t even know if there was a script. I just said, ‘If there’s anything, I want to throw my hat in the ring.’ So then I hung up and thought, ‘I’ll never hear from him again.’ But I did.”

Burton admits he was surprised to hear from Pfeiffer after so many years. “It was along time ago but it just flooded back how impressed I remember being with Michelle,” he confessed, only to add:

“She learned how to use a whip, jump around on roofs with high-heeled shoes, let live birds fly out of her mouth, let cats eat her. Very impressive stuff.”
Burton and Pfeiffer say their first day on set of Dark Shadows (in theaters May 11) was a dodgy one as the actress had trouble walking down a flight of stairs in ridiculously high heels. “He had me in eight-inch platform shoes walking down that treacherous staircase -- I wasn’t allowed to look down,” she growled playfully. “Great laughs at my expense for Mr. Burton.”

Guess when you take on an iconic role like Catwoman, Burton thinks you can handle heels of any kind!

Dark Shadows -- also starring Johnny Depp, Burton's wife Helena Bonham Carter, Chloe Moretz and Eva Green -- is about an imprisoned vampire, Barnabas Collins, who is set free and returns to his ancestral home, where his dysfunctional descendants are in need of his protection.

Which movie are you most excited to see: Dark Shadows or Dark Knight Rises? Let us know, below.
 

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  • Andrew Bayuk
    Andrew Bayuk

    I keep an open mind about the new Dark Shadows movie, precise remake attempts have already happened. Still, As an original fan, I'm attached to the character of that original Barnabas because the complexity of his nature escorted the audience from a place to loathing him as a monster; to rooting for him as the hero. Here's the song that should have been in the new Dark Shadows movie, but was not. If you watched the original series you will appreciate how the lyrics capture the "real" Barnabas. Do you agree? I give you: Barnabas Collins - the song! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jXQ652Q7LM