Halle Berry stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live on Monday and reflected on the fact that she is finally getting some love for her 2004 film, Catwoman. It was a boxoffice bomb and a critical failure, but Berry says that while it seemed like pretty much everyone was disappointed in the film, she actually wasn’t.
“I worked really hard to be a Catwoman. I learned capoeira. I did the work,” Berry said. “The disheartening part was I didn't direct it, I didn't produce it, nor did I write it. I was just the actress in it. But for all these years I have carried I think, you know, the weight of that film. And whatever success it had or didn't have, somehow it seemed like it was all my fault. But it really wasn't my fault. But I've been carrying it.”
The conversation started after host Jimmy Kimmel pointed out a Tweet that Berry posted in late October, after she started randomly getting love from people who were discovering, or re-discovering, Catwoman and praising Berry’s performance.
I’m seeing all the Catwoman love, everybody. Where were you guys 17 years ago 😂 https://t.co/NI8oKeKsDT
— Halle Berry (@halleberry) October 26, 2021
“So when that came up,” Berry said of the random Twitter praise. “It gave me a chance to sort of like… to stick it back.”
Catwoman was nominated for seven Golden Raspberry — or Razzie — Awards, given to the year’s lousiest films. It won four, including Worst Picture and Worst Actress for Berry, and with a Best Actress Oscar already in her possession from 2001’s Monster’s Ball, Berry was a great sport and actually showed up to accept her trophy.
It turns out that Berry, who makes her directorial debut and stars in the new MMA film Bruised, could potentially consider returning to the Catsuit under the right circumstances. With the upcoming The Flash film opening the door for actors like Michael Keaton to reprise past superhero roles, Kimmel wanted to know if there’s any chance of a Catwoman multiverse being thrown in the mix.
“If I can direct it,” Berry said.
“Direct it? I think they’re halfway through it,” Kimmel said, realizing that it’s not going to happen this time around.
But, more impurrr-tantly, with her interest in directing, that doesn’t mean it's never gonna happen.
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