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Film fans at Neath's Gwyn Hall treated to a gruesome curtain opener as Anthony Hopkins's new film Hitchcock comes to town

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: February 09, 2013

By Gill Roberts

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ONE of the most infamous scenes in Hollywood history came to blood-soaked life for film fans in Neath.

Staff at Gwyn Hall wanted to make sure their customers were treated to the full horror treatment before they went to see Anthony Hopkins's new film Hitchcock.

To set the scene before visitors watched the highly anticipated movie, they had to walk through a red stained curtain — a homage to Hitchcock's iconic shower murder scene.

Duty manager Carol Powrie said they had a good response from the gruesome prop.

"The curtain was over the doorway so they had to go underneath it to get in," she said.

"People loved the curtain and the idea of it. We also had the Psycho music in the background so every now and again you heard a scream."

Port Talbot legend Hopkins plays film-maker Alfred Hitchcock in the biopic which opened in cinemas yesterday.

The film is directed by Sacha Gervasi and tells the tale of the production of Psycho.

Hopkins co-stars with Dame Helen Mirren and Scarlett Johansson.

The Silence of the Lambs star wore padding and facial prosthetics to transform into the portly, smartly-dressed director after refusing to pile on weight for the role.

Hitchcock has already been nominated for an Oscar for makeup and hairstyling.

Hopkins told movie website Deadline.com: "I spent about an hour and half in make-up each day.

"I also shaved my head, because I'm quite grey and Hitchcock used dye — that awful red dye.

"And then, once you get into the mask, I'm not Alfred Hitchcock; I'm Anthony Hopkins playing the guy."

Hopkins recently returned to Port Talbot to visit the house in Wern Road where he was born.

The new owner, Chris Trainor, invited the star into the house for a cup of tea and he also had a tour around the home he lived in for 12 years.

The Oscar winner, who turned 75 on New Year's Eve, celebrated his 10th wedding anniversary by having a blessing at a private service in St David's Cathedral in Pembrokeshire on Christmas Eve.

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