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Eva Green reveals influences for her Dark Shadows witch

10 May 2012

With Tim Burton's Dark Shadows hitting UK cinemas tomorrow, gorgeous Hollywood actress Eva Green has revealed her inspiration for her eccentric temptress Angelique Bouchard.

Green is known for the likes of Casino Royale, The Golden Compass, Cracks and Perfect Sense was in London for the premiere last night and revealed that a variety of influences helped her re-create the character for Tim Burton's film telling Flicks and Bits "I got inspired by many things, you know? The music of Janis Joplin, Bette Davis in her more bonkers roles. Also, Jack Nicholson sometimes, his great way of being on the edge.

It was many things. But also there's something quite human about her. I think she may be the 'baddie' but she's kind of a damaged character. Damaged by love."

Green further suggested that she loved playing the witch whose motives aren't entirely clear adding "Angelique is definitely a bit cuckoo. She's a very big character, she's mad about Barnabas. When we first meet her it's in the 18th century, and she's a servant working for the Collins family.

She has this affair with the young master, Barnabas, but he breaks her heart when he rejects her for Josette (Bella Heathcote).

She's not very happy. She's a witch and she takes her revenge by turning him into a vampire and decides to lock him in a coffin for several centuries... as we all do, you know, when we get a bit hurt."

Dark Shadows opens across the UK tomorrow and features the star studded cast of Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Jackie Earle Haley, Helena Bonham Carter, Chloe Moretz, Jonny Lee Miller and Christopher Lee.

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