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  • 9 December 2012, 22:25

Hopkins 'Daunted' At Playing Hitchcock

Sir Anthony Hopkins has admitted that playing the role of Alfred Hitchcock was "daunting".

The film, which has had its UK premiere in London, focuses on the late director's relationship with wife Alma Reville during the making of his 1960 hit slasher film Psycho.

A host of stars attended the event - including Dame Helen Mirren, who plays the leading lady.

Speaking on the red carpet outside the British Film Institute on the South Bank, Sir Anthony, 74, said he was "obviously a little nervous" about the role.

"I didn't want to hear my voice back or see any of it, I wouldn't see any playback because I didn't want to shock myself," said the Welshman, whose other roles include President Richard Nixon, Hannibal Lecter and vampire slayer Van Helsing.

The Oscar award-winner added: "I saw the film when it was finally cut together and I was very pleased with it.

"It was a tough role to play, just tricky because everyone knows him and he has been such a formidable presence in our living rooms through the years and probably the most famous director of all time - so it was daunting."

Dame Helen, wearing a stylish black Dolce & Gabanna outfit, said she was having a "pretty good year" after working with Sir Anthony in Hitchcock and Al Pacino in an upcoming biopic about legendary music producer Phil Spector.

The 67-year-old actress described her character in Hitchcock as the director's "artistic and domestic rock".

She said: "People say there were four hands on Hitchcock's movies and two of them were Alma's." 

And it was a big night for first-time director Sacha Gervasi, who described how extraordinary it was to be working with two of British cinema's most respected actors.

The former partner of Spice Girl Geri Halliwell said: "I felt like I was directing them but I was also in the front row of the National Theatre watching this unbelievable performance, so it was a fantastic experience."