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While the first glimpse of Anthony Hopkins as the Master of Suspense in "Hitchcock" is startling (how could it be otherwise?), SFX makeup wiz Howard Berger makes us believe in the illusion almost immediately. That's because he goes for a less is more approach, creating a believable physical resemblance while at the same time allowing the actor to deliver a sly performance that has both of them in Oscar contention. Berger calls it a portrait of Hitch and admits it took a lot of trial and error to get the right blend. "There's definitely a fine line you don't want to cross and we tried to transform the two people together so you have as much of Tony coming through," suggests the Oscar-winning Berger ("The Chronicles of Narnia")." Berger did the work with his Knb Efx Group in collaboration with hair department head Martin Samuels. They performed elaborate pre-production tests for six weeks, »

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