(Cover) - EN Movies - Tim Burton has recalled being impressed when Michelle Pfeiffer let a live bird fly out of her mouth.

The director got along famously with Michelle when the pair worked on the 1992 movie Batman Returns. The pair have now collaborated again on Dark Shadows, a gothic horror tale based on the cult TV series.

Tim is a huge fan of Michelle’s work and has revealed he was amazed when the actress pulled off a daring stunt for him.

“It brought back how much I enjoyed working with her,” he told Total Film about directing Michelle in Dark Shadows. “Her Catwoman was one of my favourite performances in any movie I’d worked on.

“I remember how she impressed me by letting a live bird fly out of her mouth and dancing around on rooftops with high-heeled shoes.”

Dark Shadows also stars Johnny Depp, Eva Green and Tim’s long-term partner Helena Bonham Carter.

It focuses on vampire Barnabas Collins, played by Johnny, as he encounters a variety of werewolves, ghosts and witches.

Tim is proud of his latest big screen project. He was instantly interested in adapting the popular TV series into a movie because it centres on a family considered as dysfunctional to outsiders.

“What I liked about Shadows is it’s a story about family. I grew up resisting family and then as I got older I realised what a strange and chaotic but important thing it is,” he explained. “I think all families are pretty weird… We’ve just tried to link the supernatural elements into real issues that families face: like the feelings of a teenager growing up, when your body’s changing and you’re angry at everybody; or the challenge of trying to keep the family together – whether they’re alive or dead!”

Dark Shadows is released worldwide from May 2012.

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