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(2012)

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Anthony Hopkins is one of a number of several top British and American actors who actively pursued the role of Alfred Hitchcock.
Anthony Hopkins actually met Alfred Hitchcock when he was younger. Hopkins was accompanied by his agent who introduced him to Hitchcock in a restaurant.
In the end scene, a crow lands on Hitch's shoulder, indicating that his next project will be The Birds (1963). That film, and his relationship/obsession with leading lady Tippi Hedren were the basis for another film about Hitchcock, The Girl (2012), broadcast this same year.
The photograph Alfred picks up and reflects after his fight with Alma is an actual photograph of the real Hitchcock and Alma.
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' which featured Anthony Hopkins in the film version.
The film was shot in 36 days.
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.
The revised screenplay contained a large number of scenes for the characters of Janet Leigh, Vera Miles and Anthony Perkins. They were never filmed.
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 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.
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.
Among actors considered/auditioned to play Anthony Perkins were Ben Barnes, Jack Huston, Jackson Rathbone, Tom Felton, Ryan Merriman and Aaron Taylor-Johnson.
Tony Goldwyn, Tony Shalhoub, Steve Guttenberg, Brad Garrett, Mark Strong and Rob Riggle were among the many actors seen/considered to play Lew Wasserman.
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.
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).
Scarlett Johansson portrays Janet Leigh in this film. Johansson and Leigh's daughter Jamie Lee Curtis share the same birthday.

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