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THE MOVIE: Catwoman

Halle Berry • Benjamin Bratt • Sharon Stone

Shy, sensitive artist Patience Phillips can’t stop apologizing for her own existence. In a mystical twist of fate, she is transformed into a woman with the strength, agility and keen senses of a cat, and walks the thin line between being good and bad.

U.S. RELEASE: July 23 2004, Nationwide • Rated: tba


HALLE BERRY (on what first came into her mind when she read the title ‘Catwoman’):
“Confidence, sexy, powerful, someone I wanted to play, someone I wanted to be. I think as women we suffer because we’re expected to be a certain way in society, and I think we’ve been taught, at least I’ve been taught since I was knee high to a bullfrog, to be somewhat subservient to men, to look for a man to rescue me and be my Prince Charming, and I wasn’t complete unless I had a man. Catwoman represents the total opposite, that we are okay and complete and full all by ourselves. That we can do what we want to do, when we want to do it, how we want to do it; we can be in charge of our self sexually, and use our sexuality in the ways that we want to service our higher good, and I wasn’t taught that as a kid.”

Do you feel more confident as you get older?:
“Yes, each experience that life hands my way I learn new tricky life lessons, I become more confident and more sure of myself and I start to care less about what everybody else thinks about who I’m evolving into. Your great strength and power comes with just not caring what other people really think and feel. What I realized was that what I think and feel is really what’s most important for me.”

Did you have to study cats before you made this?:
“I did, because I was more of a dog person. I’ve had dogs my entire life, never a cat. So being around cats was new for me. If I had to play a dog I would know just how to do it, but a cat was something a little different, and I did spend a lot of hours studying cats. I adopted a cat from the movie, and I was around the cats on the movie all the time. I did work on the walk, and I did try to implement as many catlike movements into my character as I possibly could.”

How did the cat outfit feel?:
“I felt really confident, and I felt a difference because everybody reacted to me differently, and so therefore that made me feel different. Everybody stood back, people were afraid to approach me and when they did, they did it with the utmost respect and kindness. They measured their words; they were really different around me when I had the cat suit on, so that made me act and feel more empowered and more powerful. It was fun.”

Written by Judy Sloane. Back to top

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