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(2012)

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Scarlett Johansson portrays Janet Leigh in this film. Johansson and Leigh's daughter Jamie Lee Curtis share the same birthday.
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Anthony Hopkins actually met Alfred Hitchcock when he was younger. Hopkins was accompanied by his agent who introduced him to Hitchcock in a restaurant.
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.
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).
The photograph Alfred picks up and reflects after his fight with Alma is an actual photograph of the real Alfred Hitchcock and Alma Reville.
The film was shot in 36 days.
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.
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.
The revised screenplay contained a large number of scenes for the characters of Janet Leigh, Vera Miles and Anthony Perkins. They were never filmed.
Scenes set in Alfred Hitchcock's Paramount suite of offices were filmed in Hitchcock's actual office on that studio's lot.
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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.
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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.
Anthony Hopkins wore a fat suit and latex makeup to play Hitchcock, as he had recently completed a weight loss regimen.
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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 the Psycho's production; Hitchcock's wife 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.
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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.
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.
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As anyone would expect, this movie contains numerous spoilers for Psycho (1960).
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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.
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Among actors considered/auditioned to play Anthony Perkins were Ben Barnes, Jack Huston, Jackson Rathbone, Tom Felton, Ryan Merriman and Aaron Taylor-Johnson.
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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).
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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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