Hopkins insists he has been such a fan of the filmmaker's work over the years, he feels he's the right guy to portray his fellow Brit--and pay a proper tribute to him.
"He was really quite astonishing and there's so much wit to his work.
"I think those scenes between Grace Kelly and Jimmy Stewart in Rear Window are so witty and sophisticated. This film I'm going to do is about the making of Psycho and Hitchcock's doubts about himself.
"He never had any real confidence and never felt that he was successful. He always felt a bit like a failure."
He explains, "I met him once very briefly. He was sitting at a place called Ma Maison and I was sitting with my agent... He had just been knighted and he was very heavy, enormous; he looked ill. That was my one contact with him."
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