Scarlett Johansson talks 'Hitchcock' shower scene, wasn't concerned about modesty
Scarlett Johansson was taxed with taking on one of film's most iconic scenes in the upcoming film, "Hitchcock," but was not particularly worried about the pressure, or the nudity.
The 27-year-old actress stars as Janet Leigh, who portrayed Marion Crane in the Oscar-nominated 1960 Alfred Hitchcock thriller, "Psycho." She took on the actress' shower scene for the film within a film, while Anthony Hopkins portrays Hitchcock.
"We only had the luxury to shoot the scene for a day, and everybody was feeling very nervous because it involved water and nobody wants the actor to get wet," Johansson told Jean-Paul Goude for V magazine. "They were concerned with modesty and all these things - but I don't care about any of that stuff and Janet Leigh never did either.
The film, formerly known as "Alfred Hitchcock And The Making Of Psycho," is biographical comedy-drama that presents a behind-the-scenes look at the film, which was marred with controversy due to complaints about violence, nudity and other sexual content and claims that a body double was used in Leigh's place during the shower murder scene. It will also focus on Hitchcock's relationship with his wife Alma Reville, who is portrayed by Dame Helen Mirren.
"You have got to be brave, get into the shower, and face Anthony Hopkins as Hitchcock jabbing you in the face with a 12-inch kitchen knife," Johansson continued. "As much as Anthony Hopkins is a pussycat, he's terrifying. Maybe I watched Silence of the Lambs too many times when I was a kid. Maybe I was having some flashbacks. So I didn't need too much preparation for the scene.
James D'Arcy stars as Leigh's co-star, Anthony Perkins, who played murderer Norman Bates in the original film. The movie was directed by Sacha Gervasi, a UK-born former documentary filmmaker who co-wrote films such as "Henry's Crime" and "The Terminal."
The script was based on a 1990 book by Stephen Rebello, who also serves as executive producer, and was co-written by John J. McLaughlin, who co-penned the 2010 thriller "Black Swan."
Revisions on the script were done by "Glee" executive producer Ryan Murphy, Stephen Rebello and Sacha Gervasi. The other producers are Ivan Reitman, Tom Pollock and Joe Medjuck of Montecito Pictures, as well as Tom Thayer and Alan Barnette.
Hitchcock, who died at age 80 in 1980, and Leigh were nominated for Oscars for "Psycho," which earned four Academy Award nods. Perkins died at age 60 in 1992. He reprised his role as Bates in three sequels.
Johansson is currently preparing to return to Broadway in Tennessee Williams' classic play, "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof." The actress will portray Maggie the Cat, a role which has been played by some of Hollywood's most famous actresses like Elizabeth Taylor, Kathleen Turner and Ashley Judd.
The actress made her Broadway debut starring opposite Liev Schreiber in a 2010 revival of Arthur Miller's "A View from the Bridge." The role earned Johansson the 2010 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play.
Johansson first began acting in 1994 in "North." She went on to have roles in films like "The Horse Whisperer," "Match Point," "Ghost World" and "Lost in Translation."
"Hitchcock" is slated for release on November 23. Watch the trailer below.