New ‘Hitchcock’ trailer and Jessica Biel’s ultimate challenge
Scarlett Johansson and Janet Leigh (Photo: Fox Searchlight, Everett Collection)
The new trailer for for the upcoming film "Hitchcock" points to the huge challenges famed auteur Alfred Hitchcock had to overcome in order to get his classic 1960 thriller "Psycho" made -- including uncooperative Paramount executives who couldn't get behind killing off the leading lady halfway through the film.
Starring Anthony Hopkins as a dead on Hitchcock (no pun intended) and Scarlett Johansson as Janet Leigh, the newly-revealed footage also illuminates the extent to which Hitchcock's wife and creative collaborator Alma Reville influenced him and his work. Reville, played by Helen Mirren, says at one point in an angry tone, "...I put up with those people who look through me as if I were invisible because all they can see is the great and glorious genius Alfred Hitchcock."
Offering a glimpse at comedic moments, a preoccupation with Janet Leigh's breasts is also teased in the trailer. Apparently their fullness created challenges to filming the famous shower scene -- something Johansson portrays as a concern leading up to the production: "From here up [motions to her upper torso] I'm not exactly boyish." And while the trailer does make reference to Hitchcock attempting to sneak in a hint of nudity into "Psycho," Leigh actually wore a flesh-colored bodysuit during filming (a double stood in for the more exposed shots in the sequence).
Jessica Biel and Vera Miles (Photo: Fox Searchlight, Everett Collection)
Apparently it was also a challenge to make Biel -- who often appears on men's magazine lists of hottest women -- to make her look less, well, sexy. "What Hitch tried to do to Vera we tried to do to Jessica, and the results were equally ridiculous. It is not possible to make Jessica Biel dowdy," Gervasi added. There is a brief shot in the trailer where you can see Biel as Miles not wearing her blond wig (and apparently not much of anything else).