My Favorite Actor

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My favourite actor Since I am a slightly cynical man of the world, I don’t approve of the hero-worship of Hollywood film stars. That said, I must confess to a particular fondness for a man who is, in my view, the world’s greatest living actor. Anthony Hopkins was born in Wales in 1937. Whilst that makes him 73 years old, he has yet to retire. He is perhaps best known for his portrayal of the cannibalistic serial killer Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs, its sequel, Hannibal, and its prequel, Red Dragon. Mr Hopkins is renowned for for depth of his preparation for his film roles. He has said in a number of interviews that once he has committed to a film, he will go over his lines as many times as is needed (sometimes upwards of 200 times) until the lines sound natural to him, so that he can "do it without thinking". This unparalelled amount of preparation leads to an indelible, almost casual, style of delivery that belies the amount of groundwork undertaken beforehand. In addition, Mr Hopkins is a gifted mimic, adept at turning his native Welsh accent into whatever is required by a character. I am not the only person who thinks highly of Mr Hopkins. His skills have been recognised by Hollywood. He won an Oscar, or, more formally, an Academy Award, in 1991 for his most famous role as the cannibalistic serial killer Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs. As befits not only a truly great actor but also a humanist, Mr Hopkins is a committed philanthropist. He is a prominent member of Greenpeace. He also works to help drug addicts in rehabilitation. Besides The Silence of the Lambs, Mr Hopkins’ other great performances can be seen in The Remains of the Day (1993), Nixon (1995) and Amistad
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