Filming Pyscho‘s iconic shower scene had its challenges, Johansson 27, tells V magazine in a new interview.
“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,” she says. “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.
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Hitchcock also stars Anthony Hopkins as director Alfred Hitchcock, Jessica Biel, Toni Collette, James D’Arcy, Ralph Macchio and Helen Mirren as Hitchock’s wife, Alma Reville.
But as blonde bombshell Leigh, Johansson had to take it all off and face a creepy killer brandishing a blade.
“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,” she says of filming, adding of her costar, “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.”
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