When you see a movie based on a book you often times hear that the book was better. The case is not necessarily the same with plays though. Most people that see a film adaptation of a play don’t normally compare it to the play. When a play is compared to a film, industry insiders normally do it. A great example is the play Equus, which originally starred Anthony Perkins.
Perkins was the actor whose portrayal stood out above Anthony Hopkins, Richard Burton, and Leonard Nimoy’s runs. When Equus was adapted into a film the lead role went to Richard Burton, chiefly because of his star power, most everyone agreed though that Perkins would have been a far better choice since his stage portrayal was superior to Burton’s.
So much trusting Psycho.