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Directed by: Sacha Gervasi
Script: John McLaughlin
Status: Premiere Nov. 1, 2012 AFI (USA)
Genre: Biopic, Drama
Runtime: 98 mi
Production Studio: Montecito Picture Company, Fox Searchlight Pictures, Cold Spring Pictures
Co-Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren, Scarlett Johansson, Toni Colette
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DVD & Blue-ray Release:
Region A/1 Blue-ray (2012), Region 1 DVD & Blue-ray Combo (2013), Region 2 DVD (2013)
Role: Anthony Perkins
American actor, best known for his role as a maniacal motel murderer, Norman Bates in Psycho. Perkins was a shy and insecure young man but possessing significant talents and a sharp wit.
James about his character: The man who I was trying to find some sort of essence of, is so confused with his character Norman Bates, that even journalists who have seen the film have asked me what it was like playing Norma Bates. I don’t play him, I play Anthony Perkins. He became so synonymous with that one role that he was condemned to play it; he couldn’t get away from it. I don’t think people know him very well at all, just his character. So it offered me a bit of freedom, really, in the way I played him.
Plot: A biopic based on the non-fiction book Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of 'Psycho' by Stephen Rebello. In 1959, Alfred Hitchcock and his wife, Alma, are at the top of their creative game as filmmakers amid disquieting insinuations about it being time to retire. To recapture his youth's artistic daring, Alfred decides his next film will adapt the lurid horror novel, Psycho, over everyone's misgivings. Unfortunately, as Alfred self-finances and labors on this film, Alma finally loses patience with his roving eye and controlling habits with his actresses. When an ambitious friend lures her to collaborate on a work of their own, the resulting marital tension colors Alfred's work even as the novel's inspiration haunts his dreams.
Trivia & Facts:
- Budget: $15 mln
- The film was shot in 36 days
- Palace Theatre (LA) doubled for the New York theatre where Psycho premiered in 1960
- Hitchcock marks the 50th Anniversary of Psycho
- Among actors considered/auditioned to play Anthony Perkins were Ben Barnes, Jack Huston, Jackson Rathbone, Tom Felton, Ryan Merriman and Aaron Taylor-Johnson.
- John McLaughlin co-wrote Black Swan
- Real-life murderer Ed Gein inspired the character Norman Bates in the original Robert Bloch novel Psycho; Gein also inspired the character of Jame Gumb (Buffalo Bill) in 'Thomas Harris''s novel The Silence of the Lambs which featured Anthony Hopkins in the film version.
- Psycho was Hitchcock’s first horror movie. It was filmed in only 30 days and earned over $50 million in box office sales, making it the highest grossing film of the famed director’s career.
- The last scene that was shot, was the premiere of Psycho on 16 June 1960 in New York.
Montrose, Pasadena (California), Orpheum Theatre on Broadway (Los Angeles), Sycamore Cove (Ventura County), Paramount Studios, RED Studios Hollywood, 20th Century Fox Studios (Los Angeles)
Awards & Nominations:
Nominated for Academy Awards (2013), Golden Globe (2013), Bafta Awards (2013)
James D'Arcy about his audition: Hopkins reaction (to me) was so amazing. I feel like he swayed everybody, because he kept starring at me and then looking over to the producers with a look like ‘why are we looking at anybody else?’ I started to read the first few lines of the scene and Hopkins fell off his chair laughing; laughing in a really charming way. He gathered himself and said ‘this is uncanny’. We read the scene again and the same thing happens, he falls out of his chair laughing. We improvised on for 10 minutes in character. And at that point I thought, if I get the job, great. But if I don’t get the job, at least I got to sit in a room and improvise with Anthony Hopkins for 10 minutes, which was amazing. Right at the end of it, he said to me as Hitchcock ‘what would you do to get this part?’ And in my Anthony Perkins voice I said, ‘Um, Mister Hitchcock, I’ll do anything to play this role.’ And he kind of looked at me and stopped being Hitchcock and said in his Hopkins voice, ‘well I think you are going to get it.’
Alan Banette (producer) on James D’Arcy's casting: When he first walked in to read, there was a moment where we all were like ‘please be a good actor!’ Because he looked so much like Tony Perkins. He totally embodies Perkins and it’s pretty amazing. Now, to be clear he embodies Tony Perkins, not Norman Bates. There were a lot of similarities, but James really captured the essence of Perkins.
James D'Arcy: People always say you look like someone. I always try to forget it. You know, you just want to be you.
- As Anthony Perkins, who played Norman Bates, James D'Arcy is uncanny. He captures the nature of the man. --- rogerebert.com, Roger Ebert, Nov. 20, 2012
- Finally, we have to discuss Hitchcock’s incredible supporting cast. James D’Arcy as Anthony Perkins masterfully channels the actor’s closeted awkwardness, not to mention nailing his creepy demeanor to a tee.--– Awards Circuit, Joseph Braverman, Nov. 2, 2012
- James D'Arcy is physically right and all nervous quirks and uncertainties as Anthony Perkins. --- The Hollywood Reporter, Todd McCarthy, Nov. 2 2012
- All the smaller roles are neatly filled, particularly Scarlett Johansson's Leigh and James Darcy's Tony Perkins, the latter almost eerily resembling the original --- The Guardian, John Patterson, Nov. 2, 2012
- And oh how I wish they had found more for James D'Arcy to do as Anthony Perkins because he was nailing it. Alas, he's in and out. --- HITFIX, Kristopher Tapley, Nov. 2, 2012
- James D'Arcy is an eerie dead ringer as jittery Anthony Perkins, who played the killer Norman. --- Associated Press, David German, Nov. 19, 2012
- D’Arcy plays Anthony Perkins to perfection ---Brave New Hollywood, Ben Scuglia
- James D'Darcy's first scene in Hitchcock nearly brought me to tears -- I adore Tony Perkins, and it was as if he were alive for a moment..." --- @Peter_Gutierrez
- Loved #Hitchcock, Hopkins superb would liked to see more of Tony Perkins cleverly played by James D'arcy --- @joancollinsobe (actress Joan Collins)
- James D’Arcy only has a couple of scenes playing Anthony Perkins but steals them both, simply because you’ll swear the young Perkins came back to life for the movie. His impersonation is downright eerie. --- Christopher Fowler
- The movie’s best gem is James D’Arcy as an impeccable Anthony Perkins. He only has one big scene on Hitch’s casting couch, but he owns those ominous wide shots. --- Brian Welk
- Finally, there's James D'Arcy playing Anthony Perkins and doing the best Perkins imitation the world has ever seen, all angles and elbows and with an apology in every glance. --- SF Gate, Mick LaSalle, Nov. 22, 2012