Scarlett Johansson is playing Janet Leight in the upcoming ‘Hitchcock’, the film that co-stars Anthony Hopkins as Alfred Hitchcock and Helen Mirren as his wife Alma Reville. The movie looks at the making of the famous ‘Psycho’ and the behind the scenes drama that went on with the famous cast and crew.
Playing such an iconic figure will no doubt prove to be easy for Johanssen, considering her skill and intensity level in all of her performances. However, one scene that she says she had trouble with was the infamous shower scene from ‘Psycho’. In an interview with V Magazine, she says, “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. 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.”
She adds, “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. As much as Anthony Hopkins is a pussycat, he’s terrifying. Maybe I watched Silence of the Lambs too much many times when I was a kid. Maybe I was having some flashbacks. So I didn’t need to much preparation for the scene.”