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‘Dark Knight’ star Anne Hathaway adds heels to Catwoman’s arsenal

Anne Hathaway as SelinKyle a.k.a. Catwoman 'The Dark Knight Rises.'

Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle a.k.a. Catwoman in "The Dark Knight Rises."

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Updated: August 18, 2012 6:17AM

LOS ANGELES — It wasn’t Anne Hathaway’s black latex outfit that informed her inner Catwoman.

It was the spiked heels that made her get out the claws.

“Running around Gotham City in heels was part of being a woman in this world. You just have to figure it out,” Hathaway says with a laugh to preview “The Dark Knight Rises,” opening Friday.

“Doing ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ was good training. I ran up and down the streets of Manhattan in spiked heels for that movie. Now, I’m just fighting and running around the streets of Gotham.”

To play thief Selina Kyle, who becomes Catwoman, Hathaway had to be ready to rumble.

“When I got the part, [director] Chris Nolan called me into his office and said, ‘OK, there will be a lot of fighting. When I did “Inception,” everyone got in really good shape and did their own fighting.’ I was like, ‘Gotcha. I’m reading between the lines.’

“I lived in the gym,” she moans, “But my body did undergo a complete transformation. I also had to learn how to fight and become strong enough to fight for many days in a row.”

Nolan says, “Anne and I spent a lot of time talking about Selina’s back story. She went into it with a very full idea of the characterization.”

Michelle Pfeiffer, Halle Berry and Julie Newmar are among the beauties who have worn Catwoman’s ears, but Hathaway was adamant about not dwelling on her predecessors. “The biggest compliment is when you don’t think of what others did with the role. It’s a relief to me.”

Not once is she called Catwoman in the film.

“It was great to focus on who she was as Selina,” Hathaway says. “She didn’t change when she put on the suit. It was just a uniform and she did her job.”

But this project wasn’t just another job for the actress who says, “I would have played a footstool in this movie.”

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