Oscar-Award-Winning Actor Anthony Hopkins: ‘For Me, Acting is Not Hard Work’

by Jeremy Spirogis
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Anthony Hopkins, the star of The Silence of the Lambs — and extra just lately, HBO’s Westworld — is one thing of an icon on the planet of performing. However, the 82-year-old Academy-Award winner, who famously portrayed serial killer Hannibal Lecter, defined just lately that for him, performing isn’t too tough anymore.

Actor Anthony Hopkins is a ‘workaholic’ however doesn’t sweat the performing

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Actor Anthony Hopkins in 2016 | Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic

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Last 12 months, AARP interviewed Anthony Hopkins about his decades-long profession in Hollywood. On performing, Hopkins admitted: “I’m not big on research.” As a more moderen actor, he defined that he did extra analysis.

“But now I don’t analyze it too much,” Hopkins stated. Perhaps that’s a part of the rationale he doesn’t discover the job too taxing.

“For me, acting is not hard work,” the Silence of the Lambs star revealed. Hopkins instructed AARP his performing course of:

I learn a component till I do know the textual content so nicely that I might be very relaxed. Some individuals love to do a whole lot of takes. I belong to the Clint Eastwood faculty: Just get on with it.

However, it hasn’t all the time been that method. Much of Hopkins’ performing profession grew out of pure spit. Hopkins defined:

My spouse, Stella, is doing a documentary on me, and one in all my academics instructed her I used to be a thriller: I didn’t converse to different children; I didn’t play sports activities; I didn’t even go to the college performs. But I used to be uninterested in being referred to as silly, and I assumed, One day I’ll present you all. And I turned this different particular person. My profession took off.

Anthony Hopkins is a ‘workaholic’ with regards to work — which he shares on Twitter

Still, Hopkins dubs himself “a workaholic.” In his hobbies, the 82-year-old actor is very dedicated.

“I act. I paint, I play music. I read a lot,” Hopkins shared. “It keeps the brain active. I’ll go on working until I drop.”

Sometimes, Hopkins needs to be stopped.

“Stella is good at keeping me in harness,” the actor stated of his spouse. “I spend hours in the studio, painting, and she’ll come in and say, ‘Enough.’ I don’t have much common sense.”

Hopkins solid because the Pope at age 82

Hopkins went on to elucidate how he chooses tasks.

“If the script is bad, I don’t do it,” the Hollywood icon stated bluntly. Still, Hopkins mirrored on what makes his job as an actor simple: “when the writing is this good, you don’t have to do much.”

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Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster with their Oscars for The Silence of the Lambs | Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection by way of Getty Images

In the Netflix film The Two Popes, Hopkins was solid as Pope Benedict XVI. In his AARP interview, the actor appeared to suppose it match his standards.

“All I had to do was a slight German accent and learn Latin and Italian,” Hopkins defined. “And I looked at photos and thought, ‘Maybe I could look like him.’”

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