Character Cage Match: Anthony Hopkins' Hitchcock vs. Toby Jones' Hitchcock
10.16.12 by Ryan
Last week, the first trailer for the upcoming biopic Hitchcock arrived online, which sees Anthony Hopkins play the legendary director Alfred Hitchcock in a story that tracks his marriage to Alma Reville (played by Helen Mirren) as he put up his own money to make his classic thriller Psycho. From what is seen in the trailer, Hopkins turns in an inspired performance, one that made director Sacha Gervasi (Anvil! The Story of Anvil) remark: "I think he really found the role quite delicious."
However, as is often the case in Hollywood, it's not the only biopic of Hitchcock in the works. In fact, a month before Hitchcock opens in theaters, HBO will deliver The Girl, which sees British actor Toby Jones (Captain America: The First Avenger, Snow White and the Huntsman) play the legendary director as he enlists actress Tippi Hedren (played by Sienna Miller) for his follow-up to Psycho, The Birds. In light of two actors portraying the same person in a span of a month, we felt the question of "which Hitchcock could take the other" was obvious, and could only be settled in a Character Cage Match.
The Rules: Since both Hopkins and Jones are playing the same person, there's no reason for us to compare the two characters, as we would usually do in a Character Cage Match. Instead, we'll have to let the two actors' performances settle the debate instead.
First, let's take a look at Jones' portrayal of Hitchcock in two recently released preview clips from The Girlm which involve Hitchcock asking Hedren to appear in The Birds, as well as a scene where Hitchcock and Hedren drive to the premiere of the movie.
Next up is Hopkins' version of Hitchcock, which can only be viewed in the trailer for the movie.
For further comparison, why not add some footage of Hitchcock himself? Here's a trailer for The Birds which substitutes footage from the movie for a lecture by Hitchcock himself, who acerbically discusses his findings of the creatures.