Understood to get various jobs including The Dawning to The Remains of the Day to Amistad, Hopkins continues to be nominated for many Oscars, winning for The Silence of the Lambs. His more fantastical work contains Titus, The Mask of Zorro and Thor.
His early years in Wales and education at Cowbridge Grammar School were comparatively unremarkable, but when the shortly-to-be performer met Richard Burton, the length of his life would drastically transform. Supported and inspired by Burton, Hopkins registered in the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama when he was just 15 years old.
After training and working for quite some time, he became a sort of protg of the celebrated actor Sir Laurence Olivier. In 1965, Olivier encouraged Hopkins to join the Royal National Theatre and become his understudy. The well-known performer wrote in his memoir, “A new young performer in the business of extraordinary guarantee named Anthony Hopkins was understudying me and walked away with all the part of Edgar like a cat using a mouse between its teeth.” When Olivier came down with appendicitis in a production called Dance of Death, the youthful Hopkins stepped in, making waves together with his performance.
Billed as Olivier’s heir to the British playing throne, Hopkins had the impetus to really make the jump from stage to film, which was his main aspiration. He began to the little-display in 1967 with a BBC production of A Flea in Her Ear.
Throughout the 1970s, Hopkins continued to work in film and on stage, garnering critical focus with this double responsibility. He starred in a Broadway production of Peter Shaffer’s Equus (1974) even as he dedicated an increasing number of attention to developing his gifts for television and movie. His way of preparation for jobs has been a source of fascination to critics and youthful performers equally. Hopkins favors to memorize his lines in extremis, occasionally duplicating them more than 200 times.
The finished product usually shows a naturalness that skillfully conceals the enormous level of rehearsal the performer has done. Due to this fashion, Hopkins favors fewer, more impulsive takes, and contains sometimes butted heads with directors who he perceives as deviating from your script too much or demanding a lot of takes. He’s noted in days gone by that once he says a line and is finished using a take, he forgets that line eternally.
Hopkins subsequently married again, to Jennifer Lynton, from 1973 to 2002.
Despite a promising career, the celebrity long fought alcoholism, once saying, “I led a pretty self destructive life to get several decades. It was just after I set my devils behind me that I could completely love playing.” In 1975, Hopkins started attending Alcoholics Anonymous and working to set those devils behind him.
The next year, Hopkins won an Emmy because of his role as Bruno Richard Hauptmann in The Lindbergh Kidnapping Case (1976).
In 1989, Hopkins returned to the stage to get a production of the musical drama M. Butterfly. But it was in 1991 that Hopkins, currently well into his fifties, eventually found himself shot to superstardom. His unforgettable, 17-minute performance as the notorious psychopath Hannibal Lector in The Silence of the Lambs scared and wowed fans and critics alike. In the time he took the part, Hopkins was contemplating giving up on films and retiring to London to get a vocation on the stage. The fortuitous function resulted in not only an Oscar however a prominent place in the popular consciousness as possibly the number one on screen villain ever.
Hopkins has since played the part again in the movies’ sequels. Following up his first actual Hollywood hit, Hopkins sensibly made a decision to follow up together with his movie The Remains of the Day (1993), that he was nominated for another Academy Award. He’d be nominated again for Nixon (1995) and Amistad (1997).
In 2006, he was given the Golden Globes’ Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement.
The acclaimed performer has continued to work in major motion pictures recently, appearing in such movies as Proof (2005), Beowulf (2007) and Thor (2011). More recently, he was cast as well-known horror film director Alfred Hitchcock in the 2012 biopic Hitchcock. Hopkins earned raves for his starring role in the movie, which contains Helen Mirren as Hitchcock’s wife, Alma Reville. The film explores the making of Hitchock’s horror classic Psycho.