He’s been the hardest working man in historical costume movies and TV over the years! Other actors may joke that Anthony Hopkins won’t turn down a role, but that just means he shows up in plenty of frock coats and tuxes for our entertainment. While not a young hottie anymore, he’s a consistently strong actor with a theatrical background who was knighted in 1993 for his contributions to the arts. Hopkins has said: “My philosophy is: ‘It’s none of my business what people say of me and think of me. I am what an am, and I do what I do. I expect nothing and accept everything. And it makes life so much easier.” Words to live by, sir!
Richard in The Lion in Winter (1968)
Claudius in Hamlet (1969)
David Lloyd George in Young Winston (1972)
Pierre Bezukhov in War & Peace (1972-1973)
Torvald Helmer in A Doll’s House (1973)
Siegfried in All Creatures Great and Small (1975)
Frederick Treves in The Elephant Man (1980)
Adolf Hitler in The Bunker (1981)
Paul of Tarsus in Peter and Paul (1981)
Othello in Othello (1981)
Quasimodo in The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1982)
Lieutenant William Bligh in The Bounty (1984)
Abel Magwitch in Great Expectations (1991)
Henry Wilcox in Howards End (1992)
Professor Abraham Van Helsing in Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)
Stevens in The Remains of the Day (1993)
Jack Lewis in Shadowlands (1993)
Dr. John Harvey Kellogg in The Road to Wellville (1994)
Col. William Ludlow in Legends of the Fall (1994)
Richard M. Nixon in Nixon (1995)
Pablo Picasso in Surviving Picasso (1996)
John Quincy Adams in Amistad (1997)
Don Diego de la Vega / Zorro in The Mask of Zorro (1998)
Titus Andronicus in Titus (1999)
Old Ptolemy in Alexander (2004)
Hrothgar in Beowulf (2007)
Alfred Hitchcock in Hitchcock (2012)
What’s your favorite of Anthony Hopkins’ historical costume movie or TV roles?
Don Diego and Ptolemy are my two favorites.
Oh I still get choked up thinking about
The Remains of the Day… so good, so sad.
And I submit that his ‘Titus’ is also required viewing for goths.
Damn, I can’t really choose. There are so many roles that impressed me. Alright, the top of the list are “Remains of the Day”, “Howards End”, “The Lion in the Winter”, War and Peace”, “Hitchcock” (really entertaining) and “Nixon”.
Still “Lion In Winter.” But all good of those I’ve seen.
After all those great performances by Sir Antony, I really want some liver and favs beans …. and a nice Chianti.
I looove Sir Anthony!!!! <3 <3
JQA in Amistad. “Who we are, is who we were.”
I totally love Anthony Hopkins and would watch him in anything. Therefore this is now my watch list as, sadly, I haven’t seen many (but then, with so many films to his name over a long and illustrious career, there’s a lot to see!).
I saw him in “The Silence of the Lambs” just weeks before I saw him in “Shadowlands.” The contrast between the two made me a lifelong fan of his. He’s amazing.
Wow liked very much didn’t know Athony Hopkins played Hitler nor the lloyd George in Young Winston +1 to I watch it saw him portraying lloyd George very well in The Edwardians (1972) and loved it also he’s my favorite W&P Pierre wish you could review it it’s good and pretty to that time’s standards