As an actor, Anthony Hopkins has had the honor of portraying one of history’s most prolific and influential figures: Hannibal Lecter. Although he’s been struggling with depression for years, Hopkins still manages to maintain a positive outlook on life. Here are some facts about this legendary actor and his amazing career.
An Early Start
Anthony Hopkins was born on December 31, 1937, in Wales, United Kingdom. Hopkins’ parents were both Welsh and were involved in the theater community. He began his acting career at the age of six when he joined his father’s troupe as a child actor.
His Pursuit of Excellence
Anthony Hopkins is a man who has never been afraid to pursue excellence. As a child, he entertained his friends by putting on performances with puppets in the basement of their home. In 1960, he enrolled at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in England where he acquired a notable reputation as an actor. This led to his first professional role in 1962, which was playing Clovis in “The Lion in Winter” at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.
Hopkins continued to work steadily as an actor and went on to land roles in television shows like Downton Abbey and Hannibal.
A Big Break for Hopkins
After his brother, who also acted, recommended him for a role in the 1960 film “The Lion in Winter,” Anthony Hopkins got his first major break. He later went on to have starring roles in films such as “The Silence of the Lambs” and “Silence.”
A Return to Form
In 1986, Hopkins met with director Ridley Scott to discuss the possibility of playing Hannibal Lecter. Although he was hesitant to take on the role at first, he eventually accepted his role and went on to win an Academy Award for Best Actor in 1988.
The Force Awakens & Beyond
Anthony Hopkins is one of the most prolific actors in Hollywood. He has consistently been in films since 1966 and has won countless awards, including Academy Awards for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor. One of Hopkins’ most notable roles was his portrayal of Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs.
In 2015, Anthony Hopkins starred in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, reprising his role as Supreme Leader Snoke from Star Wars: The Last Jedi. This film was a wild success and confirmed that he still had the acting skills to compete with younger actors today.
His latest film is called Westworld, which was released on October 2nd by HBO. It follows an amusement park where people can live out their fantasies through artificial intelligence-created hosts who have no memories or emotions. Anthony Hopkins plays Dr. Ford, a brilliant inventor who creates the system that allows hosts to live out these fantasies.
Although he is known for playing villains such as Hannibal Lecter and Snoke, Anthony Hopkins believes that doing good work makes you feel good about yourself even if you are playing a villainous character such as Norman Bates from Psycho or Dr. Jekyll-Mr Hyde from Jekyll & Hyde (which also starred Sir Ian McKellen).
His Thoughts on Technology
Anthony Hopkins is known for his amazing acting versatility – he’s played everything from Hannibal Lecter to King Lear to Sherlock Holmes. And as technology has progressed, so has Hopkins. He is an avid follower of new technology and uses it to help him in his acting career.
In fact, he was one of the first actors to have a computer-generated face used in the movie “The Age of Innocence.” He was able to use this technology to make himself look older than he actually is for the role!
He also took advantage of voice-over software during production on “The Silence of the Lambs.” His voice was recorded onto tapes that were then used as narration while they were filming.
Hopkins also uses tech when it comes to directing films as well. In order for him to be able to give input into productions, he utilizes voice recognition software to read scripts aloud. This way, he can focus on other tasks while still keeping up with any changes that come along during production.
Anthony Hopkins is a talented actor and a multiple award-winning director and producer. Hopkins began his career as a stage actor in the early 1960s before becoming a successful theatre and film actor. He is best known for his roles in the films The Elephant Man, The Mask of Zorro, Amistad, The Remains of the Day, and American Psycho. Hopkins has starred in several TV series including the NBC sitcom “Early Edition” which ran for six seasons from 1998 to 2004. His personal life has been publicized in a great deal of detail to the point where he has been labeled “a man of secrets.”