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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's novel The Silence of the Lambs (1991) which featured 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-inspired thriller Along Came a Spider (2001).
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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.
Helen Mirren, who plays Hitchcock's wife Alma Reville, had also met the real 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.
The photograph Alfred picks up and reflects after his fight with Alma is an actual photograph of the real Alfred Hitchcock and Alma Reville.
Anthony Hopkins actually met Alfred Hitchcock when he was younger. Hopkins was accompanied by his agent who introduced him to Hitchcock in a restaurant.
Scenes set in Alfred Hitchcock's Paramount suite of offices were filmed in Hitchcock's actual office on that studio's lot.
When Hitchcock is being driven home by Janet Leigh, 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.
The film was shot in 36 days.
Anthony Hopkins wore a fat suit and latex makeup to play Alfred Hitchcock, as he had recently completed a weight loss regimen.
Anthony Hopkins is one of a number of several top British and American actors who actively pursued the role of Alfred Hitchcock.
Among the actors who were considered or interviewed for the role of Alfred Hitchcock during the long preproduction were Oliver Platt, Richard Griffiths, Alfred Molina, Paul Giamatti, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Bill Murray and Johnny Depp.
Many further scenes for the characters of Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, and Anthony Perkins, were written but never filmed.
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 Alfred Hitchcock. That writer accessed Cook's private diaries available in the screenwriter/playwright/author's papers donated to the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center, Boston, Massachusetts.
Coincidentally, in this film Helen Mirren portrays the wife of a famous film director when, in reality, she's married to a famous film director, namely, Taylor Hackford.
Alma Reville suggests to Hitchcock that Marion Crane (Janet Leigh) be killed 30 minutes into Psycho (1960). Scarlett Johansson, who plays Janet Leigh here, first appears 30 minutes into Hitchcock (2012).
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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.
A director's chair with the words "Mrs Bates" can be seen in the background. The chair can be seen in publicity shots where Hitchcock can be seen sitting in it. Mrs Bates doesn't appear in the film "Psycho" in an alive state.
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As anyone would expect, this movie contains numerous spoilers for Psycho (1960).
Richard Linklater, Mark Romanek, Tyler Perry, Spike Lee, Louis Letterier, and Julian Fellowes all serious interest in directing the film.
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Tony Goldwyn, Tony Shalhoub, Steve Guttenberg, Brad Garrett, Mark Strong and Rob Riggle were among the many actors seen/considered to play Lew Wasserman.
Among actors considered/auditioned to play Anthony Perkins were Ben Barnes, Jack Huston, Jackson Rathbone, Tom Felton, Ryan Merriman and Aaron Taylor-Johnson.
Hitchcock was offered "Casino Royale" to direct. It would have preceded "Dr. No" as the first James Bond film by two years if if it was made at that time. "Casino Royales"'s screen rights were sold separately from the other Ian Flemimg classics. It was first made into a TV 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
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Although it is not mentioned, Patricia Hitchcock, daughter of Alfred and Alma, did play a featured role in "Psycho."
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Whitffield Cook actually did collaborate on a screenplay with Alma, 1950's "Stage Fright," which marked the screen debut of Paricia Hitchcock and was directed by Hitchcock himself.
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Scarlett Johansson portrays Janet Leigh in this film. Johansson and Leigh's daughter Jamie Lee Curtis share the same birthday.
The screenplay for this film was featured in the 2007 Blacklist; a list of the "most liked" unmade scripts of the year.
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When Alma moves to the Whitfield Cook's beach house, both starts to work in a book called "Taxi to Dubrovnik". This book is real, and it was published by Cook in 1981, about three idles vacationing Americans who traveled by hired car from Athens, Greece's capital, to Dubrovik, located in Yugoslavia (actual Croatia).
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Anthony Hopkins and Danny Huston have both played England's King Richard I, AKA Richard the Lionhearted. Huston played the part in Robin Hood (2010), while Hopkins played him in his film debut, The Lion in Winter (1968).
Shot by a first-time feature film director in 35 days.
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A scene from the film "The Secret Heart" (1946) with Walter Pidgeon and Claudette Colbert is playing on the TV screen when Hitchcock makes a derogatory comment about Cook's work.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

In the end scene, a crow lands on Hitch's shoulder, indicating that his next project will be The Birds (1963). That film, and Alfred Hitchcock's obsessive relationship with leading lady Tippi Hedren were the basis for a television-film about Hitchcock, The Girl (2012), broadcast the same year as this movie was released in cinema.
Over the course of the movie, whether on purpose or not, Hitch 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, Alfred Hitchcock also had a difficult relation with his mother, just as Norman did.

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