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(2012)

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Dame Helen Mirren, who plays Hitchcock's wife Alma Reville, had also met the real Sir Alfred Hitchcock when he approached her for a part as a murder victim in his penultimate film, Frenzy (1972). Mirren turned down the role, a decision she later regretted.
Scenes set in Sir Alfred Hitchcock's Paramount suite of offices, were filmed in Hitchcock's actual office on that studio's lot.
Sir Alfred Hitchcock biographer, Patrick McGilligan, noted several fictions created by the movie for artistic reasons. These included that in real-life: Hitchcock never re-mortgaged his house to help finance Psycho (1960)'s production. Hitchcock's wife Alma Reville never directed any scenes in the movie. Hitchcock's marriage was nowhere near as tumultuous as depicted. Hitchcock never got involved during the production of the shower scene, and certainly never scared Janet Leigh.
Sir Anthony Hopkins met Sir Alfred Hitchcock when he was younger. Hopkins was accompanied by his agent, who introduced him to Hitchcock in a restaurant.
Sir Anthony Hopkins wore a fat suit and latex make-up to play Sir Alfred Hitchcock, as he had recently completed a weight loss regimen.
The photograph Alfred picks up and reflects after his fight with Alma, is an actual photograph of the real Sir Alfred Hitchcock and Alma Reville.
Real-life murderer Ed Gein inspired the character Norman Bates in the original Robert Bloch novel "Psycho". Gein also inspired the character of Jame Gumb (Buffalo Bill) in Thomas Harris' novel "The Silence of the Lambs", which featured Sir Anthony Hopkins as Dr. Lecter in the film version. Michael Wincott, who plays Gein in this movie, also played a similar killer in the James Patterson thriller Along Came a Spider (2001).
The film was shot in thirty-six days.
When Hitchcock (Sir Anthony Hopkins) is being driven home by Janet Leigh (Scarlett Johansson), when she questions his eating of the candy corn (which is not as posh and refined as his usual taste), he says "needs must when the devil drives". This is an old British phrase used in several William Shakespeare plays, that means when one is in a desperate situation, one must do things they don't normally do. This line and scene are meant to imply that he is agitated, and his mental state is not what it normally is.
Hitchcock was offered Casino Royale (1967) to direct. It would have preceded Dr. No (1962) as the first James Bond film by two years, if it had been made at that time. Casino Royale's screen rights were sold separately from the other Ian Flemimg classics. It was first made into a television drama with Barry Nelson, and later Charles K. Feldman produced the first screen version in 1967 as a satire, with Peter Sellers, David Niven, and Woody Allen
Alma Reville suggests to Hitchcock that Marion Crane (Janet Leigh) be killed thirty minutes into Psycho (1960). Scarlett Johansson (Janet Leigh) first appears 30 minutes into this movie.
Although many reviewers criticized the film for inventing an intimate relationship between Alma Reville and Whitfield Cook, the facts are documented by more than one Hitchcock scholar, as exemplified by Patrick McGilligan, in his biography of Sir Alfred Hitchcock. That writer accessed Cook's private diaries, available in Cook's papers donated to the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center, Boston, Massachusetts.
Among the actors who were considered or interviewed for the role of Sir Alfred Hitchcock during the long preproduction were Oliver Platt, Richard Griffiths, Alfred Molina, Paul Giamatti, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Bill Murray, and Johnny Depp.
Whitffield Cook actually collaborated on a screenplay with Alma, Stage Fright (1950), which marked the screen debut of Patricia Hitchcock, and was directed by Sir Alfred Hitchcock.
Patricia Hitchcock, daughter of Alfred and Alma, played Catherine in Psycho (1960).
Many further scenes for the characters of Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, and Anthony Perkins were written, but never filmed.
Sir Anthony Hopkins is one of several top British and American actors who actively pursued the role of Sir Alfred Hitchcock.
Coincidentally, in this film, Dame Helen Mirren portrayed the wife of a famous film director when, in reality, she's married to a famous film director, Taylor Hackford.
Andrew Garfield's rehearsal schedule, and Broadway run in "Death of a Salesman", made him unavailable for the role of Anthony Perkins.
The character of Ed Gein was included in the original screenplay. In subsequent drafts, the role of Gein was either eliminated completely or reduced in importance.
The screenplay for this film was featured in the 2007 Blacklist; a list of the "most liked" unmade scripts of the year.
Richard Linklater, Mark Romanek, Tyler Perry, Spike Lee, Louis Letterier, and Julian Fellowes all serious interest in directing the film.
When Alma visits Whitfield Cook's beach house, they start to work on a book called "Taxi to Dubrovnik". This book is real, and it was published by Cook in 1981. It is about three vacationing Americans who travel by hired car from Athens, Greece to Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia.
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Among actors considered and auditioned to play Anthony Perkins, were Ben Barnes, Jack Huston, Jackson Rathbone, Tom Felton, Ryan Merriman, and Aaron Taylor-Johnson.
Shot by a first-time feature film director in thirty-six days.
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As anyone would expect, this movie contains numerous spoilers for Psycho (1960).
Scarlett Johansson portrays Janet Leigh in this film. Johansson and Leigh's daughter Jamie Lee Curtis share the same birthday.
Tony Goldwyn, Tony Shalhoub, Steve Guttenberg, Brad Garrett, Mark Strong, and Rob Riggle were among the many actors seen or considered to play Lew Wasserman.
Ed Gein was also the inspiration for Leatherface in Tobe Hooper's The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974).
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A scene from the film The Secret Heart (1946), with Walter Pidgeon and Claudette Colbert, is playing on the television screen when Hitchcock makes a derogatory comment about Cook's work.
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Sir Anthony Hopkins and Danny Huston have played King Richard I, a.k.a. Richard the Lionheart. Huston played the part in Robin Hood (2010), and Hopkins played him in The Lion in Winter (1968).
Ralph Macchio portrayed Joseph Stefano in this film. Macchio had appeared in The Outer Limits: The Other Side (1999), an episode of the remake of The Outer Limits (1963), which Stefano produced and co-wrote.
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During an early planning scene, Alma Reville suggests that her husband kill off Marion Crane after thirty minutes. In Psycho (1960), Mother first appears in the shadows at 48:10, then kills Marion, who collapses at 49:20, just under halfway through the film.
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A rare example of a biopic where the subject (Sir Alfred Hitchcock) has the same initials as the actor portraying him (Sir Anthony Hopkins), as well as both having been knighted.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

In the end scene, a crow lands on Hitchcock's shoulder, indicating that his next project will be The Birds (1963). That film, and Sir Alfred Hitchcock's obsessive relationship with leading lady Tippi Hedren, were the basis for a television film about Hitchcock, The Girl (2012).
Over the course of the movie, whether on purpose or not, Hitchcock is subtly starting to take over habits from Norman Bates. For example, he accepts candy corn from Janet (which Norman habitually eats in Psycho (1960)), and at one point, he is listening to Ludwig van Beethoven's Third Symphony ("Eroica") in his house (which Norman had on his record player). Although not addressed in the movie, Sir Alfred Hitchcock also had a difficult relation with his mother, just as Norman did.
A director's chair with the words "Mrs. Bates" can be seen in the background. The chair can be seen in publicity shots with Hitchcock sitting in it. Mrs. Bates doesn't appear in Psycho (1960) in an alive state.

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