Scarlett Johansson Unafraid to Film Psycho's Iconic Shower Scene for Hitchcock

Hitchcock Star Scarlett Johansson Unafraid to Play Janet Leigh in Psycho
Scarlett Johnasson
Courtesy V Magazine

updated 11/06/2012 at 12:00 PM EST

originally published 11/06/2012 12:50PM

Say, "Ahhhhhh!"

Scarlett Johansson is a scream as Psycho star Janet Leigh in her new film, Hitchcock, which tells the story of the making of the classic horror movie in 1959.

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.





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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