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 Taught Cary Grant A Simple Trick To Keep The Mood Calm On Set
Though Alfred Hitchcock was quite demanding, he also make it a point to avoid conflict on set, and one of his strategies to maintain the peace especially resonated with Cary Grant, who starred in several of Hitchcock's films. During an interview after his retirement, Grant recalled the simple trick Hitchcock used to diffuse tensions on the set.
Grant recalled, “As Hitch would say when someone would get all upset on the set, 'Come on, fellas, relax — it's only a movie.'" While Hitchcock's comments may have seemed like a throwaway attempt to diffuse on-set tensions, Grant nevertheless had a great time working with the master of suspense.
Looking back on their collaborations, the actor recalled, "I have only happy [memories]. They're all vivid because they're all interesting. It was a great joy to work with Hitch. He was an extraordinary man." It was a sentiment that Grant carried with him through the remainder of his illustrious career.