Anthony Hopkins Biography And Movies

					Welsh-born, veteran actor Anthony Hopkins has spent over five decades refining his
skills resulting in a distinct style of acting that is admired the world-over, bringing
something different to each and every Anthony Hopkins movie. No Anthony Hopkins
biography would be complete without crediting his superbly dedicated acting
methods.

The thorough learning of script is one of Anthony Hopkins main strengths in acting
expertise, (despite being dyslexic). He studies each script precisely 250 times. The
great actor believes 250 to be the magical number and once said "I save the acting for
when the director says, Action". This is the method regularly employed by the RADA
trained actor in all Anthony Hopkins movies, firmly having the opinion that rehearsals
are not absolutely necessary and much to the added annoyance of directors, he isn't
happy to do retakes!

Anthony Hopkins began his acting career on the stage alongside his legendary mentor
Sir Laurence Olivier, touring in the early years and often scratching around for work.
At that time he began to take solace in alcohol, an addiction to which he was to battle
against for many years. Hopkins had always been a loner and the more successfull he
became, the more he shunned the glare of publicity. Following the stage, Anthony
Hopkins movies were first TV films and dramas. Following the TV epic "War and
Peace", in which he plays Pierre, Anthony Hopkins had become by then well-known
in the UK and his movie career began to take off in the States.

Anthony Hopkins the actor is particularly keen on roles where he can study a
character well, relishing the challenge he cleverly executes so often, as he did in The
Bunker 1981, where he plays Adolph Hitler, during his downfall and last days before
he was defeated. Hopkins award-winning performance was so convincing,
particularly in the final scenes of Hitlers ranting hysteria and madness - an early
confirmation in Hopkins career of his ability to portray madmen and monsters
skillfully.

However, it was not until 1991 when Anthony Hopkins finally achieved his Oscar for
best actor, for his depiction of the ultimate cannibalistic monster Hannibal Lecter in
The Silence of The Lambs, the movie that sealed Anthony Hopkins' worldwide fame
and was the catalyst for a string of memorable Anthony Hopkins movies.

Hopkins played President Richard Nixon in the movie Nixon 1995, to start with
incensed by director Oliver Stones proposition of himself, a British actor playing an
American President. Nonetheless, Hopkins gradually came round to embarking upon
the character, while he knew it was taking a chance at this time when he was at the
pinnacle of his acting career, following his Oscar-winning performance in 1991.
Anthony Hopkins spent over 50 hours watching video footage of the, by then departed,
President in preparation for the movie Nixon, perfecting his mannerisms and accent,
capturing the meaning of the man, as opposed to purely his physical appearance. An
Oscar nomination was forthcoming for Hopkins' powerful performance in the lead,
and combined with the memorable photography and music score, the movie is a really
enjoyable drama from beginning to end, being one of the all-time favourite Anthony
Hopkins movies.

Other Anthony Hopkins movies linking the eminent actors exceptional skill at
character study include Surviving Picasso 1996, where Hopkins portrays the artist
Pablo Picasso, playing out the monster in the womanizing, self-centred, controlling
artist, and character study comes into play again - this time he even looks like Picasso,
so the accomplishment is even more believable.

Several books of Anthony Hopkins biography have been written, one of the best being
"A Three Act Life" by Michael Feeney Callan, detailing the actor's fascinating life
from 1937 to present day.

				
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