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Alexandra Ekstein-Kon

The dangerously delusional Norman Bates was the star of 1960's terrifying Hitchcock thriller Psycho. Responsible for the murders of several guests at his motel, the deranged Bates was finally caught and locked up. But what happened to him after the events of the iconic final scene you can see below?

Well, a recently unearthed commercial shows him years later, post-asylum/prison, at home eating — cereal?

Yup, this commercial from 1990 features Anthony Perkins reprising his most iconic roll for the mother-pleasing cause of Oatmeal Raisin Crisp cereal.

Starting out with a classic "I always do what Mother tells me," Bates surprises us with a newfound independence, presumably gained with age, saying, "Now this is oatmeal made my way." You do you, Norman!

Anthony Perkins as Norman Bates in 'Psycho'
Anthony Perkins as Norman Bates in 'Psycho'

Reaching for a spoon in the drawer, he almost grabs the big murder knife before thinking better of it — cereal first, murder later — finishing off the speech with a sinister, "It's scary how good it tastes!"

Although Anthony Perkins struggled with type-casting after his powerful performance as Norman Bates, it's good to see that he had a sense of humor about the role and didn't attempt to distance himself too much from the character later in life.

In recent years, TV has taken on the story of Norman's descent into insanity in the critically lauded show Bates Motel on the A&E Network. The show's fourth season finished up in May of this year, and it is scheduled to come back for a fifth season in 2017.

Which do you prefer, the Bates Motel TV show or the original Psycho?


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