See the Cast of ‘Psycho’ Then and Now
In 1998, filmmaker Gus Van Sant released his remake of ‘Psycho,’ starring Vince Vaughn in the role of iconic serial killer and hotel owner Norman Bates. Though much of the film was a shot-for-shot remake, Van Sant’s film also (somewhat) updated Alfred Hitchcock’s classic tale of a woman who embezzles money from her work only to find herself in deeper trouble when she stops for a stay at the Bates Motel. Sixteen years later, we look back at the cast of the film and see what they’re up to now.
Vince Vaughn, Norman Bates
Then: Vince Vaughn was still a rising star, known for roles in ‘Swingers’ and ‘Rudy,’ when he was cast as iconic silver screen serial killer Norman Bates, the proprietor of the Bates Motel and a man who has serious mommy issues. Tobey Maguire, Christian Bale and Joaquin Phoenix were all considered for the role of Bates — Bale would go on to star in ‘American Psycho,’ creating an iconic killer role of his own.
Now: You probably know Vaughn better for his quick-talking comedic style in films like ‘Old School,’ ‘Starsky and Hutch,’ ‘Dodgeball,’ ‘Wedding Crashers,’ ‘The Break-Up’ (which he also wrote) and ‘Couples Retreat.’ His more recent credits include leading roles in ‘The Dilemma,’ ‘The Watch,’ ‘The Internship’ (which he also wrote and produced) and ‘Delivery Man,’ and he reprised his cameo role as Wes Mantooth in ‘Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.’ Next on the docket are two Vince Vaughn-sounding titles, ‘Business or Pleasure’ and ‘Term Life.’
Anne Heche, Marion Crane
Then: Anne Heche played the role of Marion Crane, a woman who embezzles money from her employer and hits the road, stopping at the Bates Motel for a respite, only to find more trouble there when she encounters Norman. Nicole Kidman and Laura Linney were also offered the role, but they both turned it down. Heche never saw Alfred Hitchcock’s original ‘Psycho’ before being cast as Marion.
Now: Heche went on to appear in the films ‘Prozac Nation,’ ‘Birth’ (with Nicole Kidman), ‘The Other Guys’ and ‘Cedar Rapids.’ She had a recurring role on the series ‘Everwood’ before landing leading roles on the shows ‘Men in Trees’ and, more recently, ‘Hung,’ the latter of which was highly acclaimed but only ran from 2009 to 2011. Recently she popped in for a guest spot on the ‘Michael J. Fox Show,’ lent her voice to an episode of ‘Adventure Time’ and appeared in the film ‘Arthur Newman.’ She can be seen next in ‘Heat’ with Jason Statham.
Julianne Moore, Lila Crane
Then: Julianne Moore played Lila Crane, Marion’s concerned sister who heads to the Bates Motel to figure out what happened to Marion after she disappears. Moore previously appeared in ‘The Lost World: Jurassic Park’ with Vince Vaughn, and although some things in Van Sant’s ‘Psycho’ remain faithful to the original, Moore chose to make her portrayal of Lila more aggressive than she was in the classic.
Now: Moore went on to appear in the films ‘The Big Lebowski,’ ‘Magnolia,’ ‘Hannibal,’ ‘Children of Men’ and ‘A Single Man,’ among many others on her lengthy and impressive resume. More recently, she appeared in the films ‘What Maisie Knew,’ ‘Don Jon’ (directed by and starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and the remake of ‘Carrie.’ She can be seen next in ‘Non-Stop’ with Liam Neeson, which hits theaters this week, and in both parts of ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay’ films.
Viggo Mortensen, Sam Loomis
Then: Viggo Mortensen played Sam Loomis, Marion’s boyfriend who has a lot of debts — hence why Marion stole the money. He accompanies Lila to the Bates Motel to figure out what happened to his girlfriend. Mortensen was previously known for roles in ‘Crimson Tide’ and ‘Carlito’s Way.’
Now: Mortensen is well known for playing Aragorn in Peter Jackson’s ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogy, and for his roles in the David Cronenberg films ‘A History of Violence,’ ‘Eastern Promises’ and ‘A Dangerous Method.’ He also appeared in the films ‘Hidalgo,’ ‘Appaloosa’ and ‘The Road,’ and recently had a supporting role in ‘On the Road.’ He can be seen next with Kirsten Dunst in the upcoming thriller ‘The Two Faces of January.’
William H. Macy, Milton Arbogast
Then: William H. Macy played Milton Arbogast, a private detective who is hired to help locate Marion after she disappears. Macy previously worked with Julianne Moore in ‘Benny and Joon’ and Paul Thomas Anderson’s ‘Boogie Nights,’ and was also known for his role in ‘Fargo.’
Now: Macy reunited with Julianne Moore again for the Paul Thomas Anderson film ‘Magnolia,’ and appeared in films like ‘Pleasantville,’ ‘Mystery Men,’ Jurassic Park III,’ ‘Seabiscuit’ and ‘Sahara.’ He had a recurring role on the short-lived Aaron Sorkin series ‘Sports Night,’ and currently stars on the hit Showtime series ‘Shameless.’ His recent credits include roles in ‘The Sessions’ and ‘A Single Shot,’ and voice roles in the animated films ‘The Wind Rises’ and ‘Ernest and Celestine.’ He can be seen next in ‘Rudderless,’ a film which also marks his directorial debut.
Robert Forster, Dr. Simon Richmond
Then: Robert Forster played Dr. Simon Richmond, a forensic psychiatrist who helps explain Norman Bates’ psychology after his arrest. His character was named after Simon Oakland, the actor who originated the role in Hitchcock’s classic. Forster, a veteran actor, was known for roles in classic cult films like ‘The Black Hole’ and ‘Vigilante,’ and he previously appeared in Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Jackie Brown.’
Now: Forster went on to star in the television remake of Hitchcock’s ‘Rear Window,’ and appeared in ‘Me, Myself and Irene,’ ‘Mulholland Dr.,’ ‘Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle’ and ‘Lucky Number Slevin.’ He had a recurring role on ‘Heroes’ and played Karen Sisco’s father on ‘Karen Sisco,’ the series based on the character from the Elmore Leonard books which inspired ‘Out of Sight’ and ‘Jackie Brown.’ Forster recently guest starred on the final season of ‘Breaking Bad,’ and appeared in the films ‘The Descendants’ and ‘Olympus Has Fallen.’ He can be seen next in the sci-fi film ‘Automata’ with Antonio Banderas.
Philip Baker Hall, Sheriff Al Chambers
Then: Philip Baker Hall played Sheriff Al Chambers, a local sheriff in town who knows Norman. Hall previously appeared in the Paul Thomas Anderson films ‘Hard Eight’ and ‘Boogie Nights,’ the latter of which also featured ‘Psycho’ co-stars Julianne Moore and William H. Macy.
Now: Hall reunited with Moore and Macy for Paul Thomas Anderson’s ‘Magnolia,’ and he appeared in the films ‘The Talented Mr. Ripley,’ ‘Bruce Almighty,’ ‘The Amityville Horror’ (another horror remake), ‘Zodiac’ and ’50/50.’ He guest starred on shows like ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm,’ ‘Big Love,’ ‘Modern Family’ and ‘The Newsroom.’ More recently, Hall appeared in the films ‘Clear History’ and ‘Argo,’ and can be seen next in the rom-com ‘A Many Splintered Thing’ and in ‘Bad Words,’ the new dark comedy co-starring and directed by Jason Bateman.