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(2004)

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Halle Berry was given the nickname "The Halle Cat" by the cast and crew on the set of the film.
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Halle Berry became one of only six actors in history (only five at the time) to possess both an Oscar and a Razzie, after her "win" for her infamous performance in this movie. She also became the first to accept their Razzie in person - walking out on stage proudly holding both Oscar and Razzie aloft. She gave a short acceptance speech: "I'd like to thank Warner Brothers, for making me do this godawful, piece of s**t movie!"
43 cats were trained for the film. Halle Berry adopted one of them afterwards, an orange and white youngster named Play Dough.
A rough cut of the trailer was put online a few months before the film's release, and drew such heavy criticism that it was quickly pulled. It was soon replaced with a new trailer which didn't feature any dialogue.
During the restaurant sequence with Benjamin Bratt, the sushi being gorged by Halle Berry was actually chunks of fruit molded to look like raw fish.
Michelle Pfeiffer had low opinions of the costume's comfort level from Batman Returns (1992) and consequently declined reprising the role.
A Bengal cat, a domestic breed, was used in the film. Halle Berry loved it so much that she announced that she was going to adopt it. Some media sources inaccurately described the 13 pound housecat as a tiger which caused the Fund for Animals to send Berry a nasty letter.
The setting of the film is ambiguous, as the city is never called Gotham City nor are there any references to Batman or other DC characters. It is possible that it takes place in the original Batman film universe as a picture of Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman from Batman Returns (1992) can be seen in the pile of old catwomen pictures that Ophelia shows to Patience Phillips.
According to Alex Green, the whip master, Halle Berry needed a week of 90-minute practice sessions before she was able to successfully crack a whip.
The movie had to undergo re-shoots after testing poorly with screeners, with only a month left before the theatrical release date.
Three Egyptian Mau cats played the role of Midnight.
One of Halle Berry's stunt- and body-doubles is the 29-year-old Hawaiian male actor Nito Larioza, an expert in martial arts.
After reading the screenplay, director Pitof and Jean Rabasse presented to the producers an alternative version of the story that was refused using the argument that it was too artistic.
When production stalled in mid-2003, rumors circulated that Warner Bros. would scrap the project and instead incorporate the character of Catwoman into Batman Begins (2005), but with Halle Berry still in the role.
The fighting style used by Catwoman is the Brazilian martial art known as capoeira.
The film was originally planned to be released in IMAX format (using IMAX DMR technology) but was cancelled because Warner Bros. decided that visual effects delays did not give IMAX enough time to re-master the film for release on 23 July 2004. The promotional title "Catwoman: The IMAX Experience" was to be used along with the tagline "CATch Her in IMAX" on posters. The decision to cancel the IMAX release was announced 30 June 2004.
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A newspaper reported that Sharon Stone's cell phone rang in the middle of filming a scene and Stone took the call, holding up filming for a time.
This movie features both Sharon Stone and Benjamin Bratt, Bratt was considered by producers for the male lead role in Basic Instinct 2 (2006), but Sharon Stone allegedly vetoed his casting because she did not consider him to be a good enough actor.
Halle Berry ended up in a hospital after a stunt where she collided with a piece of stage equipment during a chase scene. The injury wasn't serious.
Cat breeds: The Egyptian Mau is all domestic cat; the Bengal is a crossbreed between a house cat and an Asian Leopard Cat.
The role of Ophelia Powers was originally offered to Julie Newmar, who played Catwoman in the TV series Batman (1966).
The monologue delivered by Halle Berry in the preview is taken from the movie The Crow (1994) with minor editing to fit the movie (e.g. "crow" to "cat").
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Ashley Judd was originally slated for the lead role.
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To help offset the film's poor box office showing, Village Roadshow Ltd. agreed to sell its 50% stake in Eye Shop (a mall advertising business) to its joint venture partner Ten Network Holdings Ltd. for $A14.9 million (US $10.6 million), which would give Village Roadshow a pre-tax profit of $A7.7 million (US $5.5 million). As a result, it expects a net profit after tax of $A45 million (US $32.2 million) for the year to 30 June 2005.
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Frances McDormand was once in talks for a role.
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The film is included on the film critic Roger Ebert's "Most Hated" list.
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Josh Lucas was offered the role of Detective Tom Lone, but turned it down.
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Daniel Waters wrote a draft of the screenplay in 1995. The writers that revised the script include: Laeta Kalogridis, Theresa Rebeck (credited), Kate Kondell, John Rogers (credited), John Brancato (credited), Michael Ferris (credited), Jon Cowan, John O'Brien, David Reynolds, Harley Peyton, Valerie Breiman, Rita Hsiao, and Andrew W. Marlowe.
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Halle Berry and Michelle Pfeiffer (who'd played Catwoman in Batman Returns (1992)) both appeared in New Year's Eve (2011), though they did not share any scenes together.
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Frances Conroy was listed as a potential nominee on the 2005 Razzie Award nominating ballot. She was listed as a suggestion in the Worst Supporting Actress category for her performance in this film, she failed to receive a nomination however.
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Due to a scheduling conflict, Graeme Revell and William Orbit had to withdraw from their scoring duties. Klaus Badelt was then hired as their replacement.
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A remix of the Young Gunz song "Grown Man" featuring Kanye West was initially lined up to be the first single from the soundtrack. Due to label difficulties, the song was nixed for the R. Kelly and Britney Spears collaboration "Outrageous".
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Byron Mann would go on to star in DC's Arrow (2012) as Yao Fei.
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Cameo 

Missy Peregrym: the face of Beau-line test subject. This would be her feature film debut.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

DVD contains some deleted scenes: dialog scene between Patience and Laurel after George disapproves of her work; chase scene with three dogs on a scrapyard after the resurrection; slightly extended love scene; omitted dialog between Catwoman and Laurel in her house (alternate); more Hollywood-like ending: Patience is painting a wall somewhere outside. Tom comes to her and tells that Wesley has confessed and the murders are officially closed. After some talking they kiss and the camera pans away...
It took nine days to film the major fight scene between Catwoman and Laurel Hedare.
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Zoë Bell was a stunt double for Sharon Stone. She received an award for performing a 20-foot fall.

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