A little background, the shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho runs 3 minutes and has about 50 cuts. There is just one shot (above) where you see the knife against bare skin. I've known for quite a while that it was not Janet Leigh's stomach there. They used a body double. Walking around that section at Wonder Con roughly 55 years after the film's release, I was standing in front of the girl in Hitchcock's shower, Marli Renfro (Janet Leigh's body double from the shower scene). I don't normally buy autographs but the connection to Psycho was just too cool to pass up. Refro is a former Playboy model/Bunny and appeared in a number of other men's magazines. Of course, I had to buy the picture and have her autograph it to me:
The inscription reads, Hi Chris -- Be careful in taking a shower! Marli Renfro
I'm sure she came up with that just for me.
I also took a picture with her:
|Marli and me|
I tried to get her to get her to show me her stomach, but she kept saying that I didn't want to see it, and I kept saying that I did. And I really did. Doing the math, she's somewhere in her mid-70s. So sure, I might have regretted it afterwards, but I would have wanted to see it anyway. Yes, I'm a pig. I know that. I toyed with the idea of asking her again the last day of the show, but realized that pestering a senior citizen to show skin was kind of a dick move. I decided to just say goodbye and that it was nice meeting her.
Oddly, there was also someone else at Wonder Con doing cosplay of Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds. I didn't see them, but I had multiple people tell me about it and did get a photo:
|The Birds cosplay, thanks, Anastasia, for the photo|
Beyond that, I also saw a guy cosplaying the man with no name.
|Clint Eastwood, eat you heart out|
That's three, count 'em, three people doing classic film cosplay. Not bad for a comic convention.
Now, you may have noticed the cowboy hat in the picture above. I got that done at Comic-Con last year. Details here. The reason I bring it up is that I decided to do another one, that is all classic film related. I got it started at Wonder Con and hope to finish it up at Comic-Con this year. I only got three pieces done, but it's a start.
|First piece was the TCM logo by Scott Koblish|
|TCM logo, up close, blue tape is to indicate where the hatband will go|
|Chuck Wojtkiewicz and King Kong (he also did the Comic-Con logo on the cowboy hat)|
|King Kong, up close|
|Alex Hoffman and North by Northwest|
|North by Northwest, up close|