Parker Posey is Kitty Kowalski
Lex Luthor always has a pretty girl hanging around his evil lair. In Superman: The Movie it was Valerie Perrine as Miss Teschmacher. In Superman Returns, it’s Parker Posey as Kitty Kowalski.
Parker Posey Talks Superman Returns
Kitty is just there in the beginning of Superman Returns and there is no official backstory as to how she met Luthor. “That was kind of confusing, because the [writers] Mike and Dan were talking about having met in prison, but I didn’t really want to see her as a conscious villain,” Posey said. “Like, ‘Oh, I like guys who are in prison.’ You know what I mean? You’re like,’ Oh, yeah!’ I think she’s romantic. I think she’s a romantic.”
Posey’s involvement with the big budget blockbuster originally began as rumor. She just followed it through to casting. “I was doing Hurlyburly in New York for about six months. There was talk. There is a lot of talking involved in how you get cast. A lot of conversations. I just imagine them spiraling going, around, ‘So, what do you think of so and so? And we need to see these people?’ It goes on for months. ‘Oh, they are talking about you. They are really interested.’ ‘Well, we’ll see what happens and I would like to read it.’ ‘Uh, no, you can’t read the script.’ ‘Well, I don’t have time to read it anyway, I’m doing a play. Good for me.’ Then they offered it to me and I said, ‘Can I read it?’ And they said, ‘You have to say yes before you can read it.’ And I was like, ‘OK, I really don’t have room to say no.’ So, they flew someone in to bring the script to me and I read it in a café.”
Of course, it’s Superman, so it’s not that much of a leap. “I’d never heard of it, no,” she joked. “So, it was like I had to watch the movies over a weekend.”
Still, it was a relief that the script turned out to be good. “I saw a cut of it a month ago and it was so warm and romantic and it had such a nice peaceful message. When I read the script, I was so glad it had these elements to it. It dealt with issues of feeling orphaned or as far as being different. And it’s this great love story. Lois has a husband who watches her in love with another man, Superman, who brings her to the hospital. There are a lot of things in this movie that I really like, that really turn Kitty into this totally fleshed out, full on character-woman in a comic book world. I just see her in love with Lex and waiting for him to be that man she thinks that he is. And he’s not and he will never be. And it takes somebody to turn to destroy the world that she finally wakes up to that little fact.”
Superman Returns is out in theatres now.
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