“I actually worked with Tony on my first film,” actress Toni Collette told Celebuzz on the red carpet. “It was an Australian film called The Efficiency Expert. I was 17, and I was petrified. I’m very lucky to have another opportunity to work with him again.”
Hitchcock — which also stars Helen Mirren (as Hitchcock’s wife, Alma Reville), Scarlett Johansson (as Janet Leigh), Jessica Biel (as Vera Miles) and James D’Arcy (as Anthony Perkins) — centers on the making of the acclaimed filmmaker’s most groundbreaking film, Psycho.
For the actors involved in the project, it was the chance of a lifetime to work alongside industry legends Hopkins and Mirren.
“I want to be Helen when I grow up,” Collette said.
As for first-time director Sacha Gervasi, the experience was life-changing. “I got the best actors in the world!” he said. “I got so lucky but for me it really was Tony Hopkins telling me, as a first-time filmmaker, ‘Listen, you’re not experienced. You’re completely crazy, but I want to make this movie with you. I feel it in my gut.’ And it was his decision that really enabled the film to happen.”
For more interviews from the Hitchcock premiere, including chats with D’Arcy and Michael Stuhlbarg (who plays Universal studio chief Lew Wasserman), watch the video, above.
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