Though he rose to fame in his 50s, his legacy is unmatched
Sir Philip Anthony Hopkins is an actor par excellence who is the bearer of numerous nominations and awards. Hopkins is known for thoroughly memorizing his lines, which eventually allow him to deliver even longer and complicated dialogue seemingly effortlessly putting the audience in his awe. His acting style is so understated that it makes him the perfect choice for characters, such as a repressed butler, sadistic villain, compassionate moral men, and disgraced leader. Whether it’s Shakespearean lines or describing census, Hopkins’ is a colorful catalog of films. And recently, Hopkins received his sixth Academy Award nomination for “The Father”. So here is taking a look at his films that one must watch.
This1995 film with him portraying as the flawed President, captures the pain and paranoia of one of America’s President, Richard Nixon. Not just appearance-wise, but Hopkins nailed the portrayal of Nixonʼs strengths and weaknesses. Something that Hopkins struggled off-screen during the making, he loved the concept but was constantly worried about the quality of his performance. Eventually, it earned him an Oscar nomination.
Remains Of The Day
In this 1993 film, Hopkins essays the role of a butler in post-WW1 Britain for whom duty, decorum, and devotion to his job is everything with absolutely no emotion. This character of his is in fact the very epitome of English reserve. However, things are out to test by the arrival of a housekeeper played by Emma Thompson. As the film progresses it showcases Hopkins questioning his priorities, especially when Thompson falls in love with him. Very much a love story, the unrequited love is brilliantly portrayed by two acting greats.
The World’s Fastest Indian
It is considered to beHopkins’s one of the most underrated films. A sports biopic, the film details the story of New Zealander Burt Munro, who spent years working on his 1920 Indian motorcycle and, in 1967, at the age of 68, set the land speed record at Utah’s Bonneville Salt Flats. This film is a favorite of Hopkins as he described this character to be one of his easiest roles.
The Two Popes
This2019 chronicles the journey of Pope Benedict XVI, played by Hopkins, who shocks the world by resigning as head of the Catholic Church amid a scandal and controversy. The film not only is to show a religious aspect but details the relationship between the more conservative Benedict and liberal Bergoglio, the future Pope Francis.
In 1993, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for services to the arts and in 2003 he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.