Anthony Hopkins is a celebrated Welsh actor, composer, painter and television celebrity. This actor gained critical acclaim due to his game-changing performance as ‘Hannibal Lector’ in the hit movie ‘Silence of The Lambs’. His other important films are Bram Stoker's Dracula’, ‘Hannibal’, ‘Red Dragon’, ‘The Mask of Zorro’, ‘Thor’, ‘Nixon’ and ‘The World's Fastest Indian’. This ‘Academy Award’ winner went on to receive multiple honors of ‘BAFTA Awards’, ‘Emmy Awards’, ‘Saturn Awards’, ‘Cecil DeMille Award’ and many more. Hopkins has also received a star in the ‘Hollywood Walk of Fame’. He was also knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his excellence in the field of cinema. In 2008, Hopkins received fellowship from the ‘British Academy of Film and Television Arts’. Many would not be aware of Hopkins prowess as a musical composer. His single ‘Distant Star’ peaked at 75th position in the ‘U.K Charts’. Here are some of the most popular quotations and sayings by the multi-faceted artist. Go through the popular quotes and thoughts by Anthony Hopkins that will make your day.
I just wanted to be a composer; I became an actor by default, really. I got a scholarship to a college of music and drama, hoping to take a scholarship in music. But I ended up as an acting student, so I've stuck with that for the last 50-odd years.
If I spent all my time criticising myself, I wouldn't be able to function. There are actors who theorise till the cows come home. I haven't the patience for them. It's maybe shallow, but that's why I'll never be part of the acting set.
I don't have people following me around, like bodyguards. I don't know how people live like that. Maybe the young movie stars have to live like that, I don't know. But it seems a little crazy to me. I don't think you need all that stuff.
I'm one of the slowest drivers on the road. I mosey along. If you're doing anything too fast, including living life too fast, that creates sudden death. If I have to be somewhere on time, I make sure I leave early enough.
We're always looking over our shoulders, 'what they will think, what the press will think, what will this one - am I making the right career move?' When you're young you have to do all that to survive, I suppose.
I remember coming to New York in 1974 to do a play here called 'Equis.' And I remember the first morning getting up and walking around the streets, and I thought, 'I'm home.' I felt really at peace here.
I wouldn't use the word 'scared' for my role as Hitchcock, but it was my most insecure. Taking on such a formidable, giant personality such as Hitchcock; he was one of the great geniuses of world cinema. Sheer genius.
Jonathan Demme is a very sharp editor of his movies.
Years ago I met Richard Burton in Port Talbot, my home town, and afterwards he passed in his car with his wife, and I thought, 'I want to get out and become like him'. Not because of Wales, because I love Wales, but because I was so limited as a child at school and so bereft and lonely, and I thought becoming an actor would do that.
I think the healthy way to live is to make friends with the beast inside oneself, and that means not the beast but the shadow. The dark side of one's nature. Have fun with it and you know, is to accept everything about ourselves.
We're all caught up in circumstances, and we're all good and evil. When you're really hungry, for instance, you'll do anything to survive. I think the most evil thing - well, maybe that's too strong - but certainly a very evil thing is judgment, the sin of ignorance.
I come from - I came from Wales, and it's a strong, butch society. We were in the war and all that. People didn't waste time feeling sorry for themselves. You had to get on with it. So my credo is get on with it. I don't waste time being soft. I'm not cold, but I don't like being, wasting my time with - life's too short.
I was lousy in school. Real screwed-up. A moron. I was antisocial and didn't bother with the other kids. A really bad student. I didn't have any brains. I didn't know what I was doing there. That's why I became an actor.
It's such a pleasant surprise when you come on set and you find someone in charge like Ken Branagh or James Ivory. You know that you're going to do a day's work and at the end of it, it's going to be good.