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Posted at 03:06 PM ET, 12/29/2011

Anne Hathaway explains how Hedy Lamarr inspired her Catwoman

Anne Hathaway as Catwoman. (Warner Brothers)
When moviegoers flock to see the ridiculously anticipated “Dark Knight Rises” next July, they might have a hard time understanding villain Bane (Tom Hardy) through his mask. But they should have no trouble hearing Anne Hathaway’s Selina Kyle in the final Christopher Nolan Batman film.

The actress told the Los Angeles Times she modeled her character’s speech after that of Hedy Lamarr, the screen legend and inventor who inspired Batman creators Bob Kane and Bill Finger.

Hedy Lamarr in 1941. (AP File)
“I know this sounds odd, but her breathing is extraordinary,” Hathaway told the L.A. Times. “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.”

(Hathaway also watched cat videos on YouTube to prepare for the role.)

Lamarr’s influence is apparent in the recently released second trailer for the film. Hathaway has just one line in the two-minute clip, but she draws it out for over 25 seconds, almost hissing the words into Bruce Wayne’s ear.

Hathaway also defended her somewhat controversial Catwoman costume in the interview: “I love the costume because everything has a purpose, nothing is in place for fantasy’s sake, and that’s the case with everything in Christopher Nolan’s Gotham City.” I can’t wait to see what purpose the pointy ears serve.

Read the entire L.A. Times interview with Hathaway, which contains a bit of a spoiler about one scene, here.

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