Actor Cary Grant and director Alfred Hitchcock on the set of the 1959 thriller North by Northwest. (Photo by �� John Springer Collection/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)
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Alfred Hitchcock Knew When To Give Cary Grant Room To Work
Cary Grant charmed his way into one of the most difficult places to reach: Alfred Hitchcock's heart. Hitchcock was incredibly dismissive of his actors (even famously sharing an analogy that compared actors to cattle) but had quite the soft spot for Grant.
Hitchcock once said, "Knowing Cary is the greatest association I've had with any film actor. Cary is the only actor I ever loved in my whole life." Hitchcock was open to taking suggestions from Grant — and not just musings about character motivation, but ideas about the camera angle and other technical details.
According to producer Greg Garrison, Hitchcock knew that Grant could be trusted because he had worked on so many films, while Grant was still humble because he knew that Hitchcock would ultimately have the final say. In return, Hitchcock would help Grant, too — not only by casting him in films but also by giving him coping strategies to diffuse on-set tensions.