By Elizabeth C.
With eyes narrowed and mouth agog, a wet ScarJo stares at you straight through the magazine cover. The shot is neither sexy or scary but looks more like she’s hollering for a bar of soap. (Then again, I don’t have a penis so what do I now about ‘sexy.’ )
Johansson revives Janet Leigh’s role in the original 1960 movie for the upcoming movie exploring the legendary director’s real-life marriage and the behind-the-scenes drama to get the then-shocking movie made. But the intention is to sell magazines, and no doubt the cover will score on that point.
How did she ready herself for the role? The screen siren tells the mag that she “prepared myself to get very, very wet.”
“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. 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, you know.”
The film, she says, “goes into the many perversions of Hitchcock,” particularly at the decline of his career. The actress also reveals her anxiety about starring on Broadway in Cat In A Hot Tin Roof: “It’s going to be hard to live that many weeks in a state of embarrassment and regret and self-loathing and desperation and all the things the character has gone through…It’s just not a natural state to be in, to constantly dig up what stirs and disturbs you and air it all out for everyone to see, so to speak.”
You can read all about the “Hitchcock Heroine” at at V. Here’s what I want to know: how does Scarlett’s photo in the shower compare to Janet Leigh’s? We dressed her up with a little Photoshopped lipstick but otherwise she’s the same old embezzling runaway she’s ever been. Leigh earned an Academy Award nomination for her role as thieving Phoenix secretary Marion Crane. That’ll be hard act to follow for Johansson, who plays Crane in several scenes in the Hitckcock trailer below. The movie stars Anthony Hopkins as Hitcock, Helen Mirren as his loving but long-suffering wife. It hits the theaters Nov. 23rd, Thanksgiving weekend.
So which screen star sends more shivers down your spine? If you’re so inclined, let us know in the comments.