Anthony Hopkins’ Next Chapter

Anthony Hopkins plays evil characters very well, according to Reading Angle. And the Academy Award-winning actor’s most memorable evil character is his portrayal of Dr. Hannibal Lecter in 1991’s The Silence of the Lambs.

Even though Sir Anthony Hopkins had worked on stage and screen for nearly 30 years before The Silence of the Lambs, co-starring Jodie Foster, it was his most notable role. And although more than two decades have passed, that icy stare, scary voice and face mask still haunt viewers to this day.

It seems that Sir Anthony Hopkins wants to carry on the tradition of playing evil characters, as the 78-year-old actor portrays a vicious drug lord in the new thriller Collide, in which he stars alongside Felicity Jones, Nicholas Hoult, and Ben Kingsley.

According to the movie’s description, Casey, played by Hoult, organizes a drug heist for a gangster, played by Kingsley, in order to pay for his girlfriend’s medical emergency. But a failed heist operation forces Casey to go across Europe in order to save his girlfriend’s life from being taken by Sir Anthony Hopkins’ drug lord character.

Apart from his role in Collide, Sir Anthony Hopkins has also kept himself busy filming Misconduct, in which he stars alongside Al Pacino and Josh Duhamel. But it’s not just acting that has kept the Academy Award-winning actor busy lately. In December last year, Sir Anthony Hopkins opened permanent art exhibits in Las Vegas. His colorful artwork as a contemporary artist was praised with positive reviews. It’s not Hopkins’ first art exhibit, as The Silence of the Lambs actor has also exhibited in Texas, Hawaii, Canada, Italy, and Scotland.

In his interview with Jeff Mitchum Galleries, Sir Anthony Hopkins revealed that he has always been attracted to colorful things all around California, where the actor resides. And when the Oscar-winning actor is not on set, he makes sure to spend his time in his own art studio as well as composing music.

When Sir Anthony Hopkins, who was knighted in 1993, was asked by The Guardian if he had ever thought about quitting acting, the actor said he has attempted to quit acting several times.

“Every day I think about quitting, but they come and offer me a job, and I say okay, because I’m an actor. We are mad. All actors want to be loved — I think that’s in all actors. We want more, more, more.”

Over his acting career, Sir Anthony Hopkins has won an Oscar, has had three Academy Award nominations, and has also won two Emmy Awards, four British Academy Awards, and the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award.

Meanwhile, Sir Anthony Hopkins is set to return to TV screens in 2016 to portray King Lear, according to Wales Online. The Silence of the Lambs actor will play King Lear in a BBC2 adaptation of Shakespeare’s play, which follows the recent drama The Dresser, in which he starred alongside Sir Ian McKellen. The TV movie first aired on BBC Two in October of last year, and debuts on Starz in May.

Sir Anthony Hopkins is already quite experienced in playing that part, as the actor famously played King Lear at London’s National Theatre back in 1986. After that role, Hopkins called it quits with theater work and moved to Los Angeles to act in movies.

And even though Sir Anthony Hopkins was set to star in a film version of Shakespeare’s play back in 2009 alongside Keira Knightley, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Naomi Watts, the project ultimately fell through. At the time, the moviemakers blamed the global financial crisis for the cancellation of the big-budget project.

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