When Bette Midler met three of her four-footed co-stars at a photo shoot with USA WEEKEND Magazine, she was impressed.
â€œThey were really, really funny and very good tempered and good actors, too!â€ says Midler, who voices the lead character in the new movie â€œCat & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore.â€
The actual Kitty Galore, alas, is not so nice.
â€œPoor thing,â€ Midler says, â€œshe fell into a vat of Nair, or some kind of a hair-removal goo, and she lost all her hair, and then she sort of went rogue. Her owners rejected her because she had lost all her hair. They didnâ€™t want her to be their pet anymore, so sheâ€™s become very bitter and angry. Itâ€™s quite psychological. Itâ€™s so deep!â€
That feline angst let Midler go a bit rogue, too: â€œIt was great fun because I got to really chew up the scenery, vocally.â€
This is the second time Midler has played a pet; she voiced a poodle in Disneyâ€™s 1988 animated movie â€œOliver & Company.â€ Comparing the two characters, the Divine Miss M says, â€œThey were actually the same character. They were both diva-esque. I donâ€™t know why they keep casting me that way!â€
Midler, who just finished a demanding two-year stretch of concerts in Las Vegas, plans to take it easy this summer. â€œIâ€™m just, yâ€™know, catching my breath. Trying to lose some weight, yâ€™know, coloring my hair, doing my nails, doing some maintenance, some much-needed maintenance, on my body and my soul.â€ Purrfect.
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