The man who so lovingly played Clarence Boddicker in Paul Verhoeven’s classic violent sci-fi Robocop has found himself an altogether different role. Kurtwood Smith, the man who relished in sadistic violence in Robocop, has landed himself a role in director Sacha Gervasi’s Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho. Ironically, Smith will be playing the role of Geoffrey Shurlock, the administrator for the MPAA.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, “Kurtwood Smith, the character actor who might be most recognizable for playing Topher Grace’s dad on The 70s Show, has landed a role in Fox Searchlight’s Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho.”
“Smith will play Geoffrey Shurlock, the administrator of the Motion Picture Production Code, the precursor to the MPAA”
Other names already attached to the project include Anthony Hopkins as Alfred Hitchcock, Helen Mirren as his wife Alma, Scarlett Johansson will play Janet Leigh, Jessica Biel will portray Vera Miles and James D’Arcy will play Anthony Perkins/Norman Bates. Danny Huston and Toni Collette are also appearing in the film.
The film has been penned by John McLaughlin, and Ivan Reitman, Joe Medjuck and Tom Pollack will produce through their Montecito Picture Company along with Tom Thayer.
“The project is based on the non-fiction book by Stephen Rebello that tracks how Hitchcock, at the height of his game as a director, decided to make a “lowly” horror movie.”
(Source: The Hollywood Reporter)
By Matt Wavish