Kirsten Dunst: 'I could handle Hitchcock'

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A biographical drama film centered on the relationship between director Alfred Hitchcock and his wife Alma Reville during the making of Psycho, spanning from Wisconsin murderer Ed Gein, the real-life inspiration for the character of Norman Bates, to the release of the groundbreaking film in 1960.
May 14th, 2014

Kirsten Dunst insists she could've handled working with Alfred Hitchcock.

The 32-year-old actress has been referred to as a ''classic Hitchcock blonde'' a number of times throughout her career, and although the legendary director of 'Psycho' and 'Rear Window' is known to have had a ''creepy'' infatuation with his leading ladies, she thinks she would've been able to hold her own on one of his film sets.

Speaking at a press conference for her new film 'The Two Faces of January' at London's Corinthia Hotel, she told BANG Showbiz: ''I heard he was a real piece of work, to his women obviously, but I've worked with some real pieces of work in my time and I think I could handle Hitchcock.''

The 'Melancholia' star plays the female lead Colette MacFarland in the film adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's novel, alongside Viggo Mortensen as her wealthy older husband Chester MacFarland.

And although she claims the film definitely has a ''Hitchcockian feel to it'', she has defended her character's apparent naivety towards her husband's crimes.

She said: ''I don't think Colette's innocent. I don't think he [Chester] would be with too innocent of a woman. I think she knows what he does, but she doesn't need to know all of it. I don't think it's innocent, I think it's just turning a blind eye.

''That's something that I think in the '50s was OK and acceptable, 'I don't know what feelings you're having but it's none of my business.'''