You see what this dead time in entertainment news does to me? It forces me to read things I shouldn't. So the rest of you are going to suffer as well. In tomorrow's Los Angeles Times (but available online today), Anne Hathaway reveals an integral scene about her character, Selina Kyle in Christopher Nolan's THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, and what exactly her relationship with Bane (Tom Hardy) is all about. From the LA Times:
Gotham City is a war zone. A ruthless madman named Bane has ripped away any sense of security and the citizens, haggard and clutching suitcases with refugee anxiety, sit behind barbed wire waiting to see what will blow up next. A hooded prisoner is dragged in – it’s Bruce Wayne, one of Gotham’s most famous faces – but the eyes of the crowd go instead to the woman in black standing at the top of the staircase.
“Sorry to spoil things, boys, but Bane needs these guys himself,” says sultry Selina Kyle, played here by actress Anne Hathaway, navigating the steps with stiletto heels that, on closer inspection, turn out to have serrated edges capable of leaving nasty claw marks in a fight. She also wears high-tech goggles that, when not in use, flip up and resemble feline ears.
Hathaway goes on to say that she was inspired by Hedy (not Hedley) Lamarr when coming up with her character: “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 ECSTASY exhaling a cigarette and I took probably five breaths during her one exhale. So I started working on my breathing a lot.”
I'm curious to see how those heels work in action, and I anticipate some copycat costumes next Halloween, if the proliferation of Heath Ledger Joker costumes in 2008 was any indication.