James D'arcy - Hitchcock Star Struggled With Anthony Perkins Research

Actor James D'arcy struggled to perfect his portrayal of U.S. star Anthony Perkins in new movie Hitchcock because the only interviews he could find were conducted in French.

D'Arcy bears a striking resemblance to Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho star, but he found it difficult to nail the actor's offscreen persona and speaking tones.

He tells BlogTalkRadio.com, "I read a biography, Split Image, about him, which was very helpful and I watched some of his older films. I went on YouTube and I found some interviews he'd done from the late '50s which were a mixed bag in truth because most of them were done in French!

"His vocal quality was completely different. My French is Ok but I needed to hear him speak in his own accent, because he's got a very specific slightly awkward delivery.

"I watched the scene quite a lot in Psycho, where he and (co-star) Janet Leigh have a lengthy conversation and that helped me find the way that he speaks - he breaks sentences up in an odd way. It was a fun thing to try and do."


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