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Penélope Cruz plays sultry mistress

2009-05-15 09:00:43 GMT2009-05-15 17:00:43 (Beijing Time)

The Spanish actress plays a sultry mistress in the musical

Nicole Kidman shares a kiss with Daniel Day Lewis, who plays a film director struggling to complete his new movie while balancing the many women in his life

Kate Hudson stars as a Vogue journalist

Screen icon Sophia Loren steps in as Day-Lewis' mother

The film stars (top row from left) Judi Dench, Marion Cotillard, Sophia Loren, Nicole Kidman and Kate Hudson. Penélope Cruz and Stacy 'Fergie' Ferguson (both seated) round out the cast

The upcoming musical Nine stars a roll call of Hollywood's most popular leading ladies from Nicole Kidman to Kate Hudson, but it's Penélope Cruz who looks set to steal the show.

The Spanish actress puts on a racy burlesque performance in the highly anticipated movie which revolves around a film director, played by Daniel Day-Lewis, suffering from a mid-life crisis.

Cruz, who plays his mistress, slips into full seduction mode for the scene, in which she cavorts around in a basque, panties, pull-up stockings and high heels

And while her moves look effortlessly beguiling, she has admitted it was hard - and painful - work.

She was left battered and bruised after shooting the scene which at one point saw her hanging off a rope.

She said: 'When something like that happens, you just have to keep going and forget about any physical pain. I was dancing in the dark with one spotlight on me, so I had to be extremely alert and focused.

'There were other things to think about, so I was not in pain while dancing - I was just praying not to fall. You carry on and forget the pain, and at the end of the day you see all the blisters and bruises. Mail Online reported.

'I couldn't stop crying, because I had been doing dance classes and rehearsals for so many months. It's in the film and it will be there for ever, but I don't get to do it again.'

Last year Cruz joined her co-stars Kidman, Hudson, Stacy 'Fergie' Ferguson, Marion Cotillard, Dame Judi Dench and Sophia Loren in a London dance studio for rehearsals.

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