Anthony Hopkins on Why He Became an Actor: ‘I Was Tired of Being Called Stupid’

by Jeremy Spirogis
Anthony Hopkins on Why He Became an Actor: ‘I Was Tired of Being Called Stupid’

Anthony Hopkins is the actor identified for roles starting from The Mask of Zorro to The Silence of the Lambs. While Hopkins has left an extended legacy in Hollywood, the Oscar-awarded actor had a tough begin. He defined in a single interview that his performing profession developed largely to show others unsuitable.

Anthony Hopkins says his performing profession ‘took off’ after a change in angle

Actor Anthony Hopkins in 1970 | Don Smith/Radio Times by way of Getty Images

AARP interviewed Hopkins in 2019 about his lengthy and storied profession.

“My wife, Stella, is doing a documentary on me, and one of my teachers told her I was a mystery,” Hopkins informed the journal. The actor defined why his instructor noticed him this fashion.

“I didn’t speak to other kids,” he stated. “I didn’t play sports; I didn’t even go to the school plays.”

However, Hopkins didn’t let that status outline him, and actively fought in opposition to it for a number of years.

“I was tired of being called stupid,” the actor shared. “I thought, ‘One day I’ll show you all.’ And I became this other person. My career took off.”

At age 82, Anthony Hopkins’ films span many years

According to IMDb, Hopkins was born in Wales in 1937. After finding out performing in London, the performer finally made his manner on-screen. One of his first main film appearances was in 1977’s A Bridge Too Far. Further film success quickly adopted Hopkins.

“In 1980, he labored on The Elephant Man (1980),” the web site bio continued. “Two good tv literature diversifications adopted: Othello (1981) and The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1982).”

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Anthony Hopkins at The Two Popes premiere throughout AFI FEST 2019 | Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic

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Hopkins was even knighted in 1993. IMDb summed up the actor’s profession within the 1990s:

Hopkins acted in films like Desperate Hours (1990) and Howards End (1992), The Remains of the Day (1993) (nominee for the Oscar), Legends of the Fall (1994), Nixon (1995) (nominee for the Oscar), Surviving Picasso (1996), Amistad (1997) (nominee for the Oscar), The Mask of Zorro (1998), Meet Joe Black (1998) and Instinct.

However, Hopkins is most acknowledged for his function in The Silence of the Lambs, launched in 1991. Hopkins received an Oscar for his performing within the movie.

‘The Silence of the Lambs’ solid member says his character by no means escaped him

“I have an instinct for those kinds of people,” Hopkins informed AARP about his character in The Silence of the Lambs, Dr. Hannibal Lecter. Dr. Lecter is the malevolent, all-knowing antagonist to Jodie Foster’s protagonist, Clarice Starling.

“They’re narcissists,” the Oscar-winning actor continued. “I don’t know if that’s in me — I just understand them.” Hopkins additionally revealed that he knew on the time of the film’s launch that the character of Hannibal Lecter would hang-out him. The actor stated:

… I’ll by no means escape from that man. When I began studying The Silence of the Lambs script, I informed my agent, ‘This is the part of a lifetime.’ It modified all the things for me.

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