Scarlett Johansson Recreates Hitchcock’s ‘Psycho’ Shower Scene for ‘V’ (PHOTO)
Ahead of hitting the big screen in the upcoming Alfred Hitchcock biopic, the actress stripped down to recreate the iconic shower scene from the filmmaker’s classic shocker, Psycho, for online magazine V as well. When it came to channeling the late Janet Leigh for the infamous screaming sequence for Hitchcock, Johansson said she threw caution to the wind.
“We only had the luxury to shoot the scene for a day,” the actress told V. “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,” the 27-year-old said. “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, you know.”
Johansson said baring it all didn’t faze her. In fact, the actress — who recently split from advertising executive beau Nate Naylor — claimed she’s always been in tune with her sexuality. “I think all little girls are aware of their sex appeal, I think probably more so when they’re pubescent,” Johansson said. “I remember being an extremely flirtatious little girl. I liked boys. I think I was also inspired by certain films I watched when I was a girl. I loved Judy Garland and I loved these Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals and I had this idea of romance — the dream girl getting the dream guy — and all that stuff.”
Jessica Biel and Helen Mirren — is a world away from romance. The much-anticipated film doesn’t just focus on Hitchcock’s success behind the camera, but also his strife. “The film is about…his struggle at the twilight, or in the autumn, of his career,” Johansson explained. “He had all this success, like North by Northwest, and everybody was looking for him to have another huge hit like that. And he found this pulp novel that kind of allowed him to explore all his perversions…. We get to see the mind of Hitchcock.”
Hitchcock opens Nov. 23.