10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Anthony Hopkins

Anthony Hopkins is one of the best actors of all time. From Hannibal Lecter to Dr. Robert Ford from Westworld, he is the actor with a thousand faces. Here are some lesser known facts about this amazing personality.


1. Even though he is a very bright actor, he didn’t do so well in school. He had other passions: painting, drawing and playing the piano.

2. Another reason for that is probably the fact that he struggles with dyslexia, also known as reading disorder. In spite of that, he reads and memorizes his lines to perfection.

3.The actor is also a knight. He was offered this title in 1993, by Queen Elisabeth II, for services to the arts. Well deserved, we would say!

4. The most famous role that he played was Hannibal Lecter, in The Silence of the Lambs. A role for which he appeared on screen only for 25 minutes. This didn’t stop him from winning the Academy Award for best actor.

5. One of the tricks Anthony Hopkins used to impersonate Hannibal Lecter was not to blink while speaking. The effect was horror beyond belief.

6. He was so convincing in his role of a serial killer that his co-star, Jodie Foster, was so afraid of him that she didn’t speak with him on the set. That’s acting all right: to have your colleagues avoid you even though you are playing the same game.

7. Another down side of having played Hannibal Lecter was that Martha Steward, whom he dated in the 90’s, broke up with him. Apparently, she could not stop herself from imagining Anthony Hopkins as the serial killer.

8. He not only works hard, but he is a bit of perfectionist. He is known for repeating his lines 200 times each so that they can sound natural.

9. Anthony Hopkins is not only an extremely gifted actor, but also a talented painter. He pains daily and considers painting his first love. Naturally, playing the role of Picasso fit him like a glove. He also ate the same food as Picasso had eaten while preparing for the role.

10. He is a big fan of the series Breaking Bad. After watching it from beginning to end, he wrote a letter to Bryan Cranston, complimenting him for his excellent acting.

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