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Petter Myhr Ness
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Posted: 31 December 2017 at 3:47am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Sir Anthony Hopkins is 80 today!

(same birthday as my son, incidentally.)
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Doug Centers
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Posted: 31 December 2017 at 8:07am | IP Logged | 2 post reply

He's had quite the career after the age of 60.
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Michael Penn
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Posted: 31 December 2017 at 9:20am | IP Logged | 3 post reply

I am myself a bigger fan of Hopkins' pre-SILENCE work.
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John Byrne

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Posted: 31 December 2017 at 10:35am | IP Logged | 4 post reply

Ditto. JUGGERNAUT, MAGIC, THE LION IN WINTER, THE ELEPHANT MAN, even his HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME. Something changed after SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, and he became the go-to actor for every part. (Zorro? Seriously?)
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Michael Penn
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Posted: 31 December 2017 at 11:03am | IP Logged | 5 post reply

He was so marvelous in LION: 

"Unnatural, mummy? You tell me, what's nature's way? If poison mushrooms grow and babies come with crooked backs, if goiters thrive and dogs go mad... and wives kill husbands, what's unnatural? Come, here stands your lamb. Come cover him in kisses. He's all yours."

Chills!

Even in something like THE BOUNTY he was outstanding.
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Peter Martin
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Posted: 31 December 2017 at 7:07pm | IP Logged | 6 post reply

I can see what you're saying, but the 90s was a strong period for him, in my book. The Remains of the Day was an incredibly restrained, and consequently moving, performance and I thought his turns in Nixon and Amistad were inspired. Yes, there's Hollywood bloat, but the man was floundering with dreck like Desperate Hours before Silence of the Lambs rekindled the spark.

I didn't like the Carrey/Howard version of the Grinch That Stole Christmas, but Hopkins' melodic tones worked a charm.

For me, the rot set in more in the late 2000s, for example in the Wolfman, where he just seemed to be given free licence to indulge whatever tickled his fancy.

Still, there are few actors who have been so busy in their supposed twilight years, compared to what we might consider their prime, and long may he continue.
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Ted Downum
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Posted: 02 January 2018 at 8:43am | IP Logged | 7 post reply

Michael Penn: "Even in something like THE BOUNTY he was outstanding."

*****

Hopkins makes The Bounty watchable all by himself. I've always thought he was scarier as Bligh than he was as Hannibal Lecter.

"Are you frightened to go 'round the Horn, Mr. Christian? Are you a coward, too, sir?" Great stuff.
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Michael Penn
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Posted: 02 January 2018 at 9:23am | IP Logged | 8 post reply

Ted, just the way Hopkins says "sir" in THE BOUNTY is great!
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Robert Cosgrove
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Posted: 12 January 2018 at 9:31pm | IP Logged | 9 post reply

It no doubt speaks much of my ignorance of the history of American theatre, but one debt I owe to Hopkins is his enthusiasm for the (now sadly deceased) singer, Barbara Cook, whom I had not heard of.  Hopkins was a huge fan, and engaged her to sing at one of his parties (to which, sadly, I was not invited), and was interviewed about it on 60 Minutes.  After watching that show, I listened to some Cook cds, myself became a fan, and had the pleasure of hearing her sing live at a concert she gave at Boston symphony hall.  Thank you, Sir Anthony--and happy birthday.
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