Main Actors and Actresses of Psycho
By rule Alfred Hitchcock did not not left room to actors to interpret parts of their works. Alfred Hitchcock used to prepare his work very well before shooting, so he knew exactly what he wanted. Also, Alfred Hitchcock wanted to draw attention away from the stars of his films to him - the director of the film.
Anthony Perkins was the first actor to hired for Psycho, he was 27 years old and he had been already groomed as a teen idol. Unusually, Alfred Hitchock, gave free space to Anthony Perkins and he accepted Perkin’s suggestions for dialogue and for characterisation for Bates, also Anthony Perkins was allowed By Alfred Hitchcock to attend rehearsals in New York for a play during the shooting of the shower scene.
Psycho was both the jump - starter for Perkin’s career but also curse him to suffer from typecasting. Anthony Perkins reprised the role three times and finally directed Psycho III (1986). Anthony Perkins has given similar parts in lurid psycho - killer films like Pretty Poison (1986), Crimes of Passion (Ken Russel 1984) and Edge of Sanity (1990).
According to wikipedia Psycho (film) “when Perkins was asked whether he would have still taken the Role Knowing that he would by typecast afterword, he replied with a definite yes”
For part of Marion Craine there was a large number of candidates among them Eva Marie Saint (North by Northwest), Hope Lange and even Lana Turner and finally Janet Leigh who took the part. Janet Leigh was a recognized star with a heavily publicized marriage with Tony Curtis.
Vera Miles in Psycho
For the part of Lila Craine, Alfred Hitchcock chose Vera Miles. Hitchcock tried to groom Vera Miles as a new Grace Kelly until her independent style and philosophy made him to give up in despair.
John Gavin in Psycho
The part of Sam Loomis was given to John Cavin, a Universal contract actor. Alfred Hitchcock after the unexpected lack of erotic tension between Gavin and Leigh he started to call him privately with the nickname “the stiff”. Alfred Hitchcock, used lighting techniques and profile shots of each actor to exaggerate the lack of eroticism in the already mentioned Gavin - Leight scene.
I need also to highlight the fact that Alfred Hotchcock’s daughter played the part of Caroline, Marion’s Office Collage.
Mrs Bates (Normans Mother) in Psycho
The voice and body performance of Mrs Bates (Normans mother) was played by a number of people (two woman and a man) Paul Jasmit, Virginia Cregg and Jeanette Nolan - all voices were mixed together to create the amazing soundtrack of Psycho.
Soon there will be an article about the soundtrack of Psycho.