Starring as late actress Janet Leigh in Hitchcock — about the making of the filmmaker’s acclaimed Psycho — Johansson was charged with recreating Leigh’s iconic shower scene from the classic 1960 thriller. When it came time to strip down for the infamous screaming sequence, Johansson had her apprehensions.
“My god, it’s just the unknown factors before you go in,” the actress told Celebuzz on the red carpet of the Hitchcock premiere in New York City. “I mean, nobody likes to see an actor have a modesty issue, or there’s water involved, and how is it going to work? You know, you’re asking all these questions. But once you get the first take out of the way, it’s OK.”
In anticipation of the big-screen release of the Sacha Gervasi-directed Hitchcock on Nov. 23, Johansson also recreated the Psycho scene for online magazineV and spoke more about how tensions were high when she stepped into the shower on Fox Searchlight production’s set.
“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.… 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.”
Though Hitchcock — which also stars Helen Mirren (as Hitchcock’s wife, Alma Reville), Jessica Biel (as Vera Miles) and James D’Arcy (as Anthony Perkins) — centers on Psycho, it’s not Johansson’s favorite film from the late director.
“Probably Strangers on a Train,” she said at the Sunday night premiere. “I always liked that film as a kid. I like the look of it, I like the cinematography, I like the suspense. I like everything about that film, [including] the performance side.”
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