Anthony Hopkins is back in the spotlight with the release of Hitchcock. As usual, his portrayal of Hitchcock helps save a rather weak and inconsistent story. What does work in this film is Hopkins’ ability to portray this giant of the film industry as a very vulnerable 60 year old who is almost panicked at the thought the world is moving ahead and leaving him behind. Hopkins helps us see an egoistic but melancholy Hitchcock, a Hitchcock who is still highly cynical but also vulnerable to his changing Hollywood status. Hopkins successfully balances Hitchcock’s gloominess and introspective qualities with the wit and decisiveness that made him such a respected and feared Hollywood director. Though restrained, Hopkins delivers yet another effective performance.
Whether playing cannibal, Hannibal Lecter, in Silence of the Lambs, or portraying an egoistic, vulnerable and melancholy film genius, Alfred Hitchcock, Sir Anthony Hopkins delivers character portrayals that exhibit an incredible range of emotion-many of them subtle, but incredibly intense and powerful. A veteran actor of stage, film and TV he has won numerous acting awards including a best actor BAFTA award, emmy awards, golden globe nominations, Cecil B. DeMille Award, and an Oscar for his performance as best actor in Silence of the Lambs. Anthony Hopkins is regarded as one of the most gifted, greatest actors alive today.
Born in Wales, Sir Anthony Hopkins has lived in London and currently resides in the US. Anthony Hopkins is truly a multi-faceted artist. A piano virtuoso, composer, and gifted artist, as well as an actor, Queen Elizabeth II knighted Anthony Hopkins in 1993 for his service to the arts. Married three times, he has a daughter by his first wife. His daughter has followed in her father’s footsteps becoming an actress and singer. Sir Anthony Hopkins married Stella Arroyave, and actress and producer in 2003.
Apart from his stage, film and TV work, Anthony Hopkins has composed, in collaboration with orchestrator Stephen Barton, The masque of time, premiered in 2008 by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Schizoid Salsa. He has also released an album of Classical music titled “Composer” performed by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.
As a supporter of several charitable organizations, he has donated a series of his own landscape paintings to the San Antonio library for their literacy program, contributed, as well as composed music, for a fundraiser to benefit the San Antonio Symphony, and donated his time to film a public service announcement for the cancer project. As president, Anthony Hopkins also raised considerable funds for the National Trust’s Snowdonia appeal. He has also contributed to many charities including Free Arts for Abused children. LEAP foundation, Midnight Mission, Starlight Children’s Foundation, St. Francis Food Pantries and Shelters, and Greater Los Angeles Fisher House Foundation. Sir Anthony Hopkins isn’t just a star of film, TV and stage-he is also a star to the many organizations he generously supports in the effort to help others as well as the environment.
By: Tabitha Jean Naylor
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