Today's Hot Trailer: Anthony Hopkins Kills in Hitchcock Trailer
10.10.12 by Ryan
A story of love and making a movie about a homicidal maniac.
There's probably very few out there that don't consider Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho one of the greatest movies of all-time, but the making of it was less than smooth and tested the marriage between the legendary director and his wife Alma Reville. Their love story is the backbone of the upcoming biopic Hitchcock, which details the difficulties involved in getting Psycho to the big screen and how Alma (played by Helen Mirren) was a continual source of strength and a sounding board for Hitchcock (played by Anthony Hopkins).
"I think Alma accepts Hitch for exactly who he is and knows his idiosyncrasies and his crazy predilections," director Sacha Gervasi (Anvil! The Story of Anvil) recently explained to EW. "She allows him to have his obsessions and I think our movie is about a point where they sort of escalate. Their marriage is absolutely touched off by his increasing obsessions with these women, but they were ultimately fantasy relationships. Hitch lived in this world of fantasy; to him it was more real than real life. And I think Alma was able to kind of, in this film at least, smash it down a little bit."
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The first trailer for the movie has arrived online, and offers a look at Hopkins as the infamous director, as well as a peek at Scarlett Johansson as Janet Leigh, Pyscho's leading lady and most infamous victim.
Alma, a movie editor herself, was no stranger to making movies, and Hitchcock trusted her with all his projects, reflected in the moment where Alma (Mirren) discovers a bit of nudity during Leigh's death scene. Still, the movie belongs to its titular director, Gervasi claims. "Hitchcock’s so enigmatic in one sense," said Gervasi. "Someone who portrays zero emotion. We didn’t really know emotionally that much about Hitchcock, and suddenly you have this whole world that opens up when Anthony Hopkins plays the role. It’s extraordinary. And he really enjoyed tiptoeing up to people who had just arrived on the set and going, ‘Good evening.’ Making people jump. I think he really found the role quite delicious."
ADapted by John J. McLaughlin (Black Swan) from the 1990 novel Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho by Stephen Rebello, Hitchcock also stars Jessica Biel as Vera Miles and Toni Collette as Peggy Robertson, Hitchcock's longtime assistant.