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Bates Motel Executive Producer Tell The Story Of Rihanna’s Casting

March 20, 2017 | Posted by Joseph Lee

In an interview with TVLine, Bates Motel executive producer Carlton Cuse spoke about casting Rihanna in the program, which returns with its fifth season tonight on A&E at 9 PM ET. Here are highlights:

On getting the idea of Rihanna as Marion Crane: “I was reading a profile of her in Vanity Fair and all of a sudden she says that Bates Motel is her favorite television show, and I was like, ‘What?’ We had been talking about introducing Marion Crane and the challenge was doing it in a way that wouldn’t be a pale imitation of Janet Leigh from the original.”

On asking her to join the cast: “What was the worst thing that could happen? She says no? Turns out… she wanted to be a part of it. And she stepped out of her [Anti] World Tour to come to Vancouver to shoot a couple of episodes. And that was just an amazing thing for us.”

On her performance: “There is a long history of singers being successful as actors, from Frank Sinatra to Barbra Streisand. And we bet that she would be able to do a great job with it [and] spin the role in a way that was going to be completely modern. And we were very happy.”

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