Anthony Hopkins, With more than 130 titles between film and television, he just became the longest-running winner in Oscar history last Sunday at 84 years old. Although the Welshman has always seemed to me to enjoy a certain overvaluation by the public, I can clearly find the justification or answer to said perception in that the veteran has 10 titles that denote a formidable and impressive histrionic quality throughout of his career, enough to earn that cult status that even in recent years has given him one of his best moments as an actor.
That unpromising student with dyslexia would begin to see in the arts an escape from the pressure of his parents, so he enrolled thanks to the influence of another actor, Richard Burton, in the school of art and drama from which he would graduate in 1957. He would quickly begin to appear behind the scenes of the theater and on television in the early 60s, with very few appearances in the cinema (one of them his debut in 1967, which we will talk about in the ranking). It would be until he achieved some prestige on Broadway under various Shakespearean productions, that in the 1980s Hopkins would begin to attract the attention of several directors (such as David Lynch), but even so his film career would remain a certain anonymity until the arrival of 1990, winning the Oscar and becoming the character that would define him for the rest of his life, a certain psychopathic and cannibalistic Doctor. Sir Hopkins would already be 53 years old by this time, and fame would be about to begin.
The rest would be history, since Hopkins would accept any job, of a dramatic or mere commercial nature to take advantage of the sudden success, a strategy that has worked for him to this day as he is one of the longest-lived, well-known and media actors in the world of cinema. regardless of his various philanthropic endeavors.
The Welshman has won more than 50 awards, including an Oscar, two Golden Globes and 4 BAFTAs. While waiting for what seems to be another example of his talent with The Father, let’s celebrate Anthony Hopkins’ 84 years with his 5 Best Movies
Bonus – Dracula (Francis Ford Coppola, 1992)
The best Van Helsing since Peter Cushing, one of the media points for this adaptation to be a resounding success was not only the goal participation of Anthony Hopkins as the famous vampire hunter, but the impression of a cynical, intelligent and even somewhat terrifying personality, facets with which the character until that time was not very identified. The extravagance then surrounds an excellent interpretation, becoming incidentally the only acting counterpart of a Gary Oldman who ends up stealing the film. As gloomy as it is romantic, Coppola unites two extremes, human and creature through a conjunction of images dyed red at all times, a color that defines from beginning to end his tragic and bloody anti-hero.
5 – The Remains of the Day (James Ivory, 1993)
A Hopkins in a state of glory, the early 90s meant not only his roundest stage, but also his greatest records. If he was Hannibal Lecter, Hopkins would move into the skin of a butler who would witness the aristocratic transition of the 50s, an intimate witness to whom Ivory would complement with an unbeatable and obvious cast, with the element of romance in the flesh of Emma Thompson. Both the chemistry and the expressions of Hopkins are impressive when he narrates more from inside than outside, in a complex role and symbol – an extension of the loneliness of that archetype of butler that many other filmmakers would later try to relieve (Altman as the best example some years after)
4 – The Two Popes (Fernando Meirelles, 2019)
One of the best scripts of the year in large part thanks to the chemistry between Pryce and Hopkins, the latter undoubtedly far superior thanks also to a much more complex role than his counterpart, playing a Catholic leader between a rock and a hard place. , between the amendment and the escape of a pandora’s box as tragic as it is disgusting. Anthony Hopkins manages to provide humanity and doubt to his role with a performance that borders almost on the documentary, and of an intensity that in the eyes of his server, had not been seen since he won the Oscar with The Silence of the Lambs . He would be nominated for an Oscar for best supporting actor, and if we are honest, maybe he even should have won it over Pitt and the duo of The Irishman
3 – The Lion in Winter (Anthony Harvey, 1968)
His film debut could not have been in a better way, as a young Hopkins is capable of holding his gaze, his histrionic level and even brandishing himself in interpretive duels with Peter O´Toole and Katherine Hepburn themselves, in one of the tales of funniest, most disturbing, Christmas and tense time in the history of cinema Beautiful purely interpretive savagery! Rarely is such power appreciated, and it is a pleasure to see that rookie sure of himself and of his Shakespearean school. On the other hand, and also the basis of his performance, is that the script takes certain “freedoms” to make his character more emotionally complex, a Ricardo “Heart of the Lion” with many “mommy issues”
2 – The Father (Florian Zeller, 2020)
One of the best male performances of at least the last 20 years, and incidentally, certainly the best of Hopkins only behind his Lecter (or is this better?). Hopkins has perhaps just given the last burst of his great talent with a character as tragic as he is endearing, who within this complex narrative is capable of demonstrating Alzheimer’s disease as it has rarely been seen in the cinema: from the perspective and feeling of the own sick person. While Zeller’s fantastic direction and adaptation works in every corner of this distorted mental maze, it is Hopkins’s character, charisma and destruction that brings us to a cathartic ending and irreparable emotional impact. The last sequence is simple and acting CATHEDRATIC
1 – Hannibal Lecter (1990, 2001, 2002)
The character who immortalized him would be one of the most beloved psychopaths in cinema. Introduced to the world in 1990 with the lavish The Silence of the Lambs, Anthony Hopkins indulges in a sinister and lovable performance, making each of his on-screen moments a histrionic delight that would become morbidly tense in communion with Jodie Foster. Desire, dementia and terror are palpable thanks to his legendary performance, which he would repeat twice more in a prequel and sequel, Red Dragon being a quite commendable repetition, and Hannibal a thriller that more than help, would caricature his complex entity as a superhero villain. The scene with the dialogue of the liver continues to shake us
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