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Couch Film Festival :: Sir Philip Anthony Hopkins

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Sir Philip Anthony Hopkins CBE (born 31 December 1937), is a Welsh actor of film, stage, and television.

Considered to be one of the greatest living actors, Hopkins is well known for his portrayal of Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor, its sequel Hannibal, and the prequel Red Dragon. Other notable films include The Mask of Zorro, The Bounty, Meet Joe Black, The Elephant Man, Magic, 84 Charing Cross Road, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Legends of the Fall, Thor, The Remains of the Day, Amistad, Nixon, The World’s Fastest Indian, Instinct, Fracture, and The Dresser. Since 2016, he has starred in the critically acclaimed HBO television series Westworld.

Along with his Academy Award, Hopkins has won three BAFTA Awards, two Emmys, and the Cecil B. DeMille Award.

  • In 1993, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for services to the arts.
  • He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2003
  • Made a Fellow of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts in 2008.

The Lion in Winter (1968)

In 1968, Anthony Hopkins got his break in film in The Lion in Winter, playing Richard the Lionheart.

While close-ups of Richard (Anthony Hopkins) in his jousting costume were being filmed, the horse was spooked and bolted. Hopkins fell off and broke his arm. Filming the scene with his sword raised above his jousting opponent was very difficult due to this.

The Academy Film Archive preserved The Lion in Winter in 2000.

Bonus :: Katharine Hepburn.

Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)

This version of Dracula is closely based on Bram Stoker’s classic novel of the same name. A young lawyer is assigned to a gloomy village in the mists of eastern Europe. He is captured and imprisoned by the undead vampire Dracula, who travels to London, inspired by a photograph of Harker’s betrothed, Mina Murray. In Britain, Dracula begins a reign of seduction and terror, draining the life from Mina’s closest friend, Lucy Westenra. Lucy’s friends gather together to try to drive Dracula away.

Anthony Hopkins is Professor Abraham Van Helsing. He also plays Cesare, the priest who tells Dracula that Elisabeta’s soul is damned; and he provides the voice-over sequence during the narrative for the Captain of the Demeter.

Bonus :: Best Music Saturn Award

The Remains of the Day (1993)

Oscar®-winners Anthony Hopkins  and Emma Thompson reunite with the acclaimed Merchant Ivory filmmaking team for this extraordinary and moving story of blind devotion and repressed love.

Hopkins stars as Stevens, the perfect English butler – an ideal carried by him to fanatical lengths – as he serves his master, Lord Darlington.

Darlington, like many other members of the British establishment in the 1930s, is duped by the Nazis into trying to establish a rapport between themselves and the British government.

Thompson stars as the estate’s housekeeper, a high-spirited, strong-minded young woman who watches the goings-on upstairs with horror.

Despite her apprehensions, she and Stevens gradually fall in love, though neither will admit it, and only give vent to their charged feelings via fierce arguments.

Bonus :: Marvelously acted by a supporting cast that includes Christopher Reeve and Hugh Grant.

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