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Anthony Hopkins to take on Alfred Hitchcock

01/29/2011 by Olivia Allin

Anthony Hopkins says that if he weren't an actor, he would be a "burglar or seafarer," but instead the Oscar-winning actor is preparing to play Alfred Hitchcock in "Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of 'Psycho.'"

"I can't do anything but act," Hopkins said, as reported by ShowbizSpy. "I stumbled into the profession 55 years ago. I'm careless. I go astray. Misplace things. As an impractical kid I was hopeless. I'd do odd jobs. If I weren't an actor I'd be a burglar or seafarer."

It was announced this week that British director Sacha Gervasi will take on the "Alfred Hitchcock" project, which has been gestating for several years. Gervasi is best known for his award-winning rockumentary, "Anvil! The Story of Anvil."

The "Hitchcock" script is based on the novel of the same name by Stephen Rebello and has gone through several drafts by the novel's author and by "Black Swan" writer John McLaughlin, whose version earned a place on the 2007 Black List.

Hopkins has been attached to the project for four years and says the legendary filmmaker was "a very interesting man, very strange guy, very dark man."

The 73-year-old actor will also play Odin in the upcoming movie, "Thor," which also stars Natalie Portman as Jane Foster and Chris Hemsworth as Thor. "Thor" is scheduled for release on May 6, 2011.

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