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Legendary actor Anthony Hopkins marked 45 years of sobriety this week in a brief but inspirational video he shared on social media that has received 7 million-plus views so far on Twitter alone.
The classically trained Hopkin who was born in Wales in the U.K., perhaps best-known for his Oscar-winning portrayal of serial killer Dr. Hannibal Lecter in Silence of the Lambs, admitted in the one-minute, black-and-white video that he realized in 1975 that alcoholism would ultimately prove to be death sentence.
“Well, the new year is coming. It’s been a tough year, full of grief and sadness for many, many, many people. But 45 years ago today, I had a wake-up call. I was heading for disaster, drinking myself to death,” Hopkins explained on Tuesday, December 29.
“I’m not preachy, but I got a message, a little thought, that said, ‘Do you want to live or die?,’ and I said I wanted to live. And suddenly the relief came, and my life has been amazing. I may have off days, and sometimes little bits of doubt and all that, but all in all, I say hang in there,” Hopkins continued. “Today is the tomorrow you were so worried about yesterday.”
In perhaps what was meant for those, including the younger cohort, who might battling addiction, Hopkins added that “Don’t give up; just keep fighting. Be bold, and mighty forces will come to your aid. That’s sustained me through my life…Happy New Year; this is going to be the best year.”
With gratitude, I celebrate 45 years of sobriety. pic.twitter.com/fxzMRGlI4m
— Anthony Hopkins (@AnthonyHopkins) December 29, 2020
The actor, who turns 83 on New Year’s Eve day, was knighted by U.K.’s Queen Elizabeth in 1993 and is formally Sir Anthony Hopkins. He has 138 acting credits in his illustrious career in the entertainment space on stage and on TV (however TV is defined these days) and in feature films in addition to his work as a composer, producer, and director.
His extensive resume also includes two Emmys and three British Academy of Film and Television Awards among many other honors.
Last year around this time, Hopkins implied in an interview with fellow A-Lister Brad Pitt that actors should steer clear of politics because they’re just not well informed.
“People ask me questions about present situations in life, and I say, ‘I don’t know, I’m just an actor. I don’t have any opinions. Actors are pretty stupid. My opinion is not worth anything. There’s no controversy for me, so don’t engage me in it, because I’m not going to participate.”
Anthony Hopkins shares why politics and Hollywood don’t mix: ‘Actors are pretty stupid’ https://t.co/ArMowVGNre
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) December 9, 2019
Liberal Hollywood has yet, to date, followed his lead, unfortunately.
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