''Perfect Murder'' star Michael Douglas talks about Hitchcock

By Josh Wolk
June 09, 1998 at 04:00 AM EDT

Alfred Hitchcock’s ”Dial M for Murder” (1954) is the inspiration for ”A Perfect Murder,” which killed the competition at the box office last weekend, earning $16.3 million and finishing second to ”The Truman Show.” The star of ”Murder,” Michael Douglas, told EW Online about his first experience with Hitchcock — nearly four decades ago when he was a teenager in the editing room on his father Kirk’s western ”Lonely Are the Brave.”

”At the same time, down in the editing rooms, they were cutting ‘Psycho,’ ” said Douglas. ”We’d take our little lunch bags down and look at the outtakes of Janet Leigh in the shower sequence. We’d say, ‘Ohmigod, woo-hoo. Stop right there. Oooh baby!’ That went on for days.” With a laugh, Douglas added, ”That’s what happened. That’s where it all went wrong for me.”

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