‘Bates Motel’ Reopens for More Business on A&E

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Contempo prequel packs in preem party at Soho House

WeHo’s Soho House turned down its light on March 12 as celebs checked in to the “Bates Motel” premiere party.

Freddie Highmore, who plays a young Norman Bates to Vera Farmiga‘s mother in the contempo prequel to “Psycho,” reflected on the first time he saw the famous shower scene.

“I was 14 or 15 and I remember thinking about the emotional reaction it gets while avoiding being explicit,” Highmore said. “That suspense and the psychological thrill, where your brain fills in a lot of the details and you work yourself up, that’s the clever thing about the original film and hopefully ‘Bates Motel’ has some of that quality, too.”

This new A&E version of the Norman Bates story is still scaring away guests — but not for the reason you may think.

“It’s funny seeing the set in Vancouver with the motel,” Highmore added. “I mean, the worst thing about it is it’s right next to a rubbish pit, so the smell is probably what would put you off most from staying there, not necessarily the people.”

Despite the strange odors, “Dark Knight” thesp Nestor Carbonell found himself drawn to the A&E project, even though his sheriff role in “Bates Motel” might be considered a “step down,” as he put it, from his gig as mayor of Gotham.

“Now I have to answer to a mayor as the sheriff,” he quipped. “No, I’m just kidding, but there is an element of authority that you have to sort of exude that I learned in ‘The Dark Knight.’ I just go from one public office to the other. Both are morally questionable.”

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