“My life turned out to be beyond my greatest dreams.” — Anthony Hopkins
Over the course of his more than 70-year career, Sir Anthony Hopkins has played everything from cannibal serial killer Dr. Hannibal Lecter to Pope Benedict, but at 81, the Academy Award-winning actor is enjoying something of a renaissance as an artist, musician and Instagram star, showing the world another facet of the man who can only be described as an international treasure.
With critically acclaimed roles in films like The Lion in Winter (1968), The Elephant Man (1980), The Silence of the Lambs (1991), Nixon (1995), and The Two Popes (2019), as well as a starring role in the HBO series Westworld (2018) these days Hopkins has been spending his free time in his Malibu studio creating bold, whimsical paintings and entertaining his 2.1 million Instagram followers with afternoon piano concerts accompanied by his cat, Niblo.
“Relish everything that’s inside of you, the imperfections, the darkness, the richness and light, and everything. And that makes for a full life.” — Anthony Hopkins
Not that he’s retired from acting. Hopkins’ film The Father is set to be released in the near future, and he has two other films, Elyse and The Virtuoso in post-production.
Art and music have always been Hopkins’ deep loves, and he clearly delights in sharing his other, lesser-known talents with the world, which he does with that characteristic flinty spark in his intense blue eyes.
Hopkins’ greatest role is clearly the one he has played the longest, that of himself.
“I carry a photograph of myself in my phone, of when I was just a little boy on the beach. I look at him and I say, ‘We did okay, kid.’” — Anthony Hopkins