At recess during seventh grade, my friend Ed and I would do impersonations of people we saw on TV. As it turned out, we both liked the late-night reruns of “You Bet Your Life” and “Alfred Hitchcock Presents” and would attempt to sound like Groucho and Hitch.
Two movies about Alfred Hitchcock give actors a chance to imitate his distinctive voice. To me, Anthony Hopkins sounds like Anthony Hopkins during most of the newly-released trailer for Fox Searchlight’s “Hitchcock.” By the end, I thought he had captured the thick-tongued sound of the famous director.
The movie is based on Stephen Rebello’s book “Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho,” which I just added to my Amazon.com wish list. In high school, we studied “Psycho” during Mr. Naversen’s Introduction to Film class. That’s where I learned about Bernard Herrmann’s famous score and the details of the shower scene. In the days before VCRs and DVDs, we would stop the film projector to look for the subliminal shot of the knife and the navel.
Next Saturday, Toby Jones stars as Alfred Hitchcock in HBO’s “The Girl.” My DVR is already set. To me, Jones sounds more like the real Hitchcock. I found it interesting that Jones’s most famous role to date was as a voice actor. He played the voice of Dobby the house-elf in the Harry Potter movies.
“The Girl” focuses on Hitchcock’s obsession with Tippi Hedren. “The Birds” is another of my favorite movies, so I will be especially interested in the re-created scenes from it. The real Tippi Hedren turned up on a great episode of “Raising Hope” last week. She played Sabrina’s dead grandmother, lying in a casket.