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Michelle Pfeiffer says Tim Burton has given her the opportunity to fulfill childhood fantasies twice at the Dark Shadows UK Premiere

09 May 2012

London's Leicester Square played host to the premiere of Tim Burton's latest film Dark Shadows where Johnny Depp, Chloe Moretz, Eva Green, Michelle Pfeiffer, Helena Bonham Carter and the filmmaking legend were in attendance.

In the year 1752, Joshua and Naomi Collins, with young son Barnabas, set sail from Liverpool, England to start a new life in America. But even an ocean was not enough to escape the mysterious curse that has plagued their family. Two decades pass and Barnabas (Johnny Depp) has the world at his feet—or at least the town of Collinsport, Maine. The master of Collinwood Manor, Barnabas is rich, powerful and an inveterate playboy…until he makes the grave mistake of breaking the heart of Angelique Bouchard (Eva Green). A witch, in every sense of the word, Angelique dooms him to a fate worse than death: turning him into a vampire, and then burying him alive.

Two centuries later, Barnabas is inadvertently freed from his tomb and emerges into the very changed world of 1972. He returns to Collinwood Manor to find that his once-grand estate has fallen into ruin. The dysfunctional remnants of the Collins family have fared little better, each harboring their own dark secrets. Matriarch Elizabeth Collins Stoddard (Michelle Pfeiffer) has called upon live-in psychiatrist, Dr. Julia Hoffman (Helena Bonham Carter), to help with her family troubles.

Georgina Wahed was in attendance as the premiere, and got the chance to speak to acting legends Michelle Pfeiffer and Helena Bonham Carter and when asked what the experience of working on the film was like, Pfeiffer gushed "It was fantastic, I loved, loved working with Johnny Depp, he was high, high up there on my bucket list of people that I wanted to work with.

I didn't think I ever would, but to do this movie with with him and Tim Burton; who I hoped I'd get to work with again and then Helena Bonham Carter, it was like a dream job, it was so much fun, so many talented people."

When asked about being a fan of the TV series and then starring in the film she added "It was like a childhood dream come true! And Tim's given me the opportunity twice now to fulfil a childhood fantasy, first with Catwoman and now with this movie."

When asked if there was a difference in the dynamic compared to the first time she worked with Burton, Pfeiffer explained "No, not really, it was kind of like just picking up where we left off. I know it was a long time ago, but I just remember loving working with him and being sad that making the movie was over. If anything, I'm just older now and can appreciate the experience even more now."

She was also asked about her thoughts of Anne Hathaway taking on the iconic role of Catwoman, to which she replied "I think she's going to be really good, I think she's tremendously talented and I wanna see it, I'm going to be there opening weekend!"

When asked if she would be excited to work on a vampire film again, Bonham Carter said "Yeah, it was fun, I love the teeth, the whole vampire teeth, and Johnny had these special teeth that were really fun. And the whole myth, the vampire thing is really fun."

When asked if she was planning anything for the Queen's jubilee tomorrow, she replied "I think I'm going to have to work on the Jubilee which I'm quite upset about, I'm doing Les Miserables."

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