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Anthony Perkins' final interview - a fascinating discussion from 1992

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I have written many words on these interwebs about Alfred Hitchcock’s PSYCHO (check out my article Psycho Babble – The Legacy of Norman Bates), including an extensive profile of its star Anthony Perkins right here on Examiner.com. Now that the biopic Hitchcock is about to released wide to theaters, interest will likely be renewed in that 1960 classic, as well as its iconic stars. The film (based on Stephen Rebello’s excellent Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho) dramatizes the struggles of 60-year-old Alfred Hitchcock (Anthony Hopkins) in making a horror film as bold and daring as his younger peers are doing, and the invaluable support he receives from his wife Alma Reville (Helen Mirren). Costarring are Scarlett Johannsen as Janet Leigh, Jessica Biel as Vera Miles, and James D’Arcy as Anthony Perkins.

Now (… speaking of Anthony Perkins), I told you all that to tell you this.

While surfing YouTube recently for blog fodder, I stumbled on a three part interview with Anthony Perkins that was produced by AMC in 1992, not long before the actor’s untimely death at 60.

Perkins entire career is touched on in this half hour interview, and the actor is more humble, honest, and forthright about his image and films than I have ever heard him be. PSYCHO and its (very entertaining) sequels are, of course, covered here, but significant time is also spent on his other films like Tin Star, Fear Strikes Out, Crimes of Passion, etc …

The embedding on these has been disabled, but are so good, I will simply give you the links.

ANTHONY PERKINS LAST INTERVIEW – PART 1

ANTHONY PERKINS LAST INTERVIEW – PART 2

ANTHONY PERKINS LAST INTERVIEW – PART 3

Fans of the actor will love this.

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