Did you know ANNE HATHAWAY had to practice extensive breathing exercises to play Catwoman in “The Dark Knight Rises?”

What, she couldn’t fit into her skintight costume?

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Well, not really. Not with her long, lean figure heating up the silver screen in all that shiny, leather molded to her form, complete with the latest addition to the Catwoman costume…ears!

Anne, who did a lot of research for the role, went back to as far as back as the late Eartha Kitt, who played Catwoman in the 1960′s television series of “Batman.” But what struck her most was 1940′s screen siren Hedy Lamarr, who served as the original inspiration for Batman creator, Bob Kane, for the Catwoman character, Selina Kyle.

“I know this sounds odd, but her breathing is extraordinary,”

Annie marveled of the Golden Age of Hollywood star.

“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.”

Well, looks like Anne had a lot of lung work to do to prepare for the role, not that we’re complaining about her particular set of lungs (we totally applauded her enormous lung power in “Love, Sex and Other Drugs”).

So we guess all that’s left for us to do is to anticipate the latest installation in the “Batman” franchise to hit the screen next summer.

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