Anne Hathaway on why Colossal, her ‘giant lizard monster’ movie, is so hard to explain
Hathaway stars as a hard-drinking New Yorker who finds herself inexplicably connected to an enormous reptilian monster that's been stomping through Seoul. With us so far?
Most of Anne Hathaway’s movies are pretty easy to describe. There’s The Princess Diaries, where she plays a teenager who suddenly learns she’s the heir to the throne of a small European country. There’s The Devil Wears Prada, where she plays a recent journalism grad who gets sucked into the cutthroat world of high fashion. And there’s The Intern, where she plays an e-commerce fashion CEO who befriends her 70-year-old intern. But what about her latest film, Colossal? We’ll let Hathaway and her co-star, Jason Sudeikis, tell it.
“There’s no elevator pitch for this,” Sudeikis says.
“It takes like five minutes to explain,” Hathaway adds.
We’ll give it a try: Hathaway plays Gloria, a hard-drinking, sad-sack New Yorker who moves back home after her boyfriend kicks her out. An old friend (Sudeikis) gives her a job at the local bar as she tries to get back on her feet and figure out what to do next. Oh, and she finds herself inexplicably connected to an enormous reptilian monster that’s been stomping through Seoul on the other side of the world. With us so far?
“Movies like this, you don’t see them that often, and they don’t come along that often,” Hathaway says. “It’s weird and fresh and successful — at least I think so. So I just kind of gave over to the experience and really enjoyed it every day.”
One of those days was particularly memorable. Timecrimes’ Nacho Vigalondo directed and wrote the script, and Hathaway recalls the day where she and Sudeikis were preparing to shoot an intense confrontation scene around Halloween. Vigalondo showed up on set wearing “a full leopard cat suit with a tail and ears.”
“And not an expensive one,” Sudeikis adds. “Very cheap, very thin. So it was all there.”
“So we’re having these intense discussions about the scene, where we’re each trying to assert our power, from this adorable Spanish tornado in a cat suit,” Hathaway says.
Colossal is now playing in limited release.