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James D’Arcy Interview
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Last year was marked by a renewed interest in Alfred Hitchcock, not that the Master of Suspense has ever had a critical falling out. 2012 saw not one but two high-profile films that examined the director’s life: HBO’s The Girl focused on Tippi Hedren’s experience filming The Birds and Hitchcock made the making of Psycho its centerpiece. The latter boasted a stellar cast, with Anthony Hopkins donning a bulbous suit to play Hitch, Hellen Mirren sporting some cool specs as his wife, and Scarlett Johansson going bleach blonde as Janet Leigh. Central to any discussion of Psycho, however, is Anthony Perkins. The task of portraying the actor who became synonymous with one horror’s most intriguing villains, Norman Bates, fell to James D’Arcy. No stranger to period pieces, D’Arcy has been in Master and Commander and most recently the Wachowskis’ Cloud Atlas. He talked to us about his first viewing of Psycho, how he prepared for the role, and what’s next.
The Loop: When did you first encounter Alfred Hitchcock’s films?
James D’Arcy: The first film I saw of his was actually Psycho. I was about 13 over at a friend’s house and it was on late on television. I’m a bit of a wuss and wanted to stop watching and at that point my friend sat on me so I couldn’t leave the room and made me watch it.
Was that your first horror film experience growing up?
No, I accidentally saw parts of The Exorcist when I was younger. [Laughs]
How did you prepare to play Anthony Perkins? Did you feel any pressure?
I think it would have been a bigger responsibility to play Norman Bates, actually. I felt I had more liberty to play Anthony as he isn’t as well known or recognized as an individual. I really just wanted to be respectful of him as man. But the film is meant as entertainment, not a history lesson.
What did you do in terms of prep work?
To prepare, I read a good book, Split Image, which is a biography of Anthony Perkins. He also had made a couple other films around the time of Psycho, so I watched those to see what he was like as an actor. He had a very specific body language and way of delivering a sentence, so it was helpful for me that he had a consistent style. I also tried to find interviews with him, but that was harder than I thought it would be. The ones I could find were from the ’80s and he was older so his voice had changed. The only ones I could find from the ’50s were all in French and my French isn’t that good!
We have to ask about Cloud Atlas. What was that like?
It was the craziest adventure. I adored every second of being in that film. It was an entirely unique film experience that I know no one will ever be able to repeat. I am just boundlessly grateful to have been a part of it.
On the other end of things, you were in low budget Canadian co-production, In Their Skin. Can you talk about that project?
I loved working on it. The writers, director, and crew were really collaborative. And it was very small budget. Just four actors working long hours, but we got on great. I’m just delighted that even got to see the light of day! These smaller films often don’t get picked up at all.
What are you working on next?
I just shot a pilot for A&E called Those Who Kill with Chloë Sevigny. It’s an Americanization of a Danish show, and I can’t say too much but it’s based in the world of serial killers. So I’m hoping there will be more of that and there are a couple of other things floating around. I have a film called The Philosophers which will be released soon. It’s a fun film with lots of up-and-coming beautiful people.