"Hitchcock," a biopic about the master of suspenseful filmmaking, had a recent star-studded premiere in Midtown. NY1's George Whipple filed the following report.
"Hitchcock," starring Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren, recently premiered at the Ziegfeld Theatre in Midtown. It tells the story of a love affair between film director Alfred Hitchcock and his wife and the influence that she had on his work.
Hitchcock, one of the greatest directors who ever lived, is known for such films as North by Northwest," "Strangers On A Train" and especially "Psycho," which is central in this movie.
James D'Arcy plays Anthony Perkins, who starred in "Psycho" as the murderer Norman Bates.
"I was, thank god, not at any point having to play Norman Bates. I was trying to find the rather awkward, shy, sensitive man who was behind that role," says D'Arcy.
Scarlett Johansson played Janet Leigh, the female lead in "Psycho" whose character was famously killed off in a shower scene.
"This auteur, this celebrated person still struggling with the idea, 'Am I relevant? How can I out-do myself?' These are themes that are still alive today," says Johansson. "And it's interesting to see one of the true greats struggling with something that we all struggle with today."
Jessica Biel played Vera Miles, one of the co-stars in "Psycho."
George Whipple: Vera was a real actor, she studied.
Biel: That's what she wanted to be, she didn't want to be a star, and that's where the conflict was between her and Hitch. It's very different, we don't have contracts like we used to have back then. We're not being groomed and bred to look a certain way. You can still be who you are in your private life.
If that isn't enough to whet your appetite to go see a couple of Hitchcock films, I don't know what can do it. Check him out, because Hitchcock is still the "master of suspense."