Michelle Pfeiffer was inspired to be proactive in securing her dark role in Tim Burton's new film, "Dark Shadows," remembering how she almost missed out on a prime opportunity to work with him 10 years ago.
"I called him up and begged him to be in it, okay?" Pfeiffer said in an April 2012 press interview with OnTheRedCarpet. "It was shameless - oh, yes I did - I did. It was terrible of me. I almost didn't get to do Batman!"
The actress played a cultry Catwoman in Burton's 1992 film "Batman Returns," alongside Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito and Christopher Walken. Pfeiffer's role was originally offered to Annette Benning. Pfeiffer said that once the actress became pregnant, she was given the part. It made her even more famous.
"I was obsessed with Catwoman," she said. "I almost lost that opportuntiy. I mean things happen so kind of fast in that way. I thought, I'm not going to let that happen this time - I'm calling him!"
"Dark Shadows" hit theaters on Friday, May 11 and marks the first time Pfeiffer has worked with Burton since the release of "Batman Returns." Johnny Depp plays Barnabas Collins, a playboy vampire who was buried alive for more than 200 years after breaking the heart of a witch, played by Eva Green. Pfeiffer plays Elizabeth Collins Stoddard, Collins' cousin and the matriarch in the household.
The film is based on a 1960s soap opera, and Burton made his film adaptation a comedy set in 1972. Pfeiffer went on to gush about her admiration for the esteemed and quirky director's work.
Burton said Depp approached him about playing Collins and that both they and Pfeiffer were fans of the original series. The director has also worked with Depp on films such as "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street," "Edward Scissorhands" and "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory."
"I've never been able to really articulate his films," Pfeiffer said about the director. "They're a genre all unto themselves and he's sort of, again, he's always kind of redefining himself with every movie that he makes and it's always just unexpected and wonderful."
Reporting by George Pennacchio of KABC Television, which produces the entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).