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The Hitchcock, Capote, and Toby Jones Mystery

Why does the same actor keep stumbling into strange, sexual biopics?

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Andrew Klavan

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March 6, 2013 - 9:56 am
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This is funny — and kind of weird.

I watched the film Hitchcock on pay per view the other day: it’s the story of the making of Psycho based on the fascinating 1990 non-fiction book Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho by Stephen Rebello, which I read and enjoyed many years ago. The movie? It’s not bad. Its take on the Hitchcock marriage is rigged and sentimentalized. But the cast is amazing — Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren, Scarlett Johansson, Jessica Biel, Toni Collette — and the glimpses of the true story that survive are still very interesting. It’s a small, satisfying entertainment about the movie biz.

However…  The movie is about ten times better than last year’s unfortunate HBO production The Girl, which starred Toby Jones as the Master of Suspense, and told Tippi Hedren’s version of their relationship during the making of The Birds. Hedren claims Hitchcock sexually harassed her, mistreated her, and ultimately destroyed her career — although my memory is that Hedren was an awful actress, which may have also had something to do with it.

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I would have to respectfully disagree. Though Capote was a fine movie I think you short sell Infamous. Not only was Toby Jones' portrayal brilliant, the insight into Hickock and Smith was far better than provided in Capote. There are moments in Infamous that are truly stunning as it explores the psyche of the killers. The emphasis on Truman Capote's sexuality may have been more emphasized in Infamous but not to the degree you suggest.
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Cool. Thanks for the quirky post.

A huge Hitchcock fan since youth, I was dragging my feet seeing The Girl. It's good to know Hitchcock is better so I can watch them in ascending order.

I liked the statement that Hitch's remaining leading ladies (Eva Marie Saint, Doris Day, Kim Novak) issued denouncing The Girl, true or not. It reminded me of an older Hollywood when loyalty mattered.
1 year ago
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Chesterton? Churchill? Harding? Taft?
1 year ago
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How about Tennessee Williams? Walt Whitman?
1 year ago
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"Lincoln - the Spanking President" is just about to open. Jones plays Lincoln. He had his legs sawed off and reattached like the Chinese do. Prolly an Oscar.
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I have to admit I saw this the same way. I think Toby Jones is a fine actor who rarely gets his just due and has had the misfortune of going up against Hopkins and Hoffman when he has had the opportunity for starring roles.

When on the fence, I will watch a movie if I see he is in it. It is only a matter of time until he has his moment.
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