October 23, 2006 12:00 PM

When Philip Seymour Hoffman won this year’s Best Actor Oscar for Capote, Toby Jones got sympathy calls. “People rang and said, ‘This is terrible,'” recalls Jones (left), 39, who says he “never really thought about the other film” while prepping his own turn as the flamboyant author in Infamous. The British actor (Finding Neverland, Ever After) says nailing Capote’s high-pitched voice involved an hour-long warm-up and “jutting my jaw forward so my bottom set of teeth hung directly underneath the top.” For Jones, changing his tones isn’t new: He voiced Dobby the House Elf in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

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