LEGENDARY ACTOR SIR ANTHONY HOPKINS DISCUSSES HIS ALCOHOLISM
- February 8, 2019
Possibly one of the most iconic actors to grace the silver screen, Sir Anthony Hopkins has entertained audiences for many decades with his charming wit, sly personality, and his gravelly voice. From his first notable role as Richard the Lionheart in The Lion in Winter, Hopkins has breathed life into a horde of characters ranging from wise father-figures to sneaky psychopaths including Hannibal Lector (Silence of the Lambs), Professor Abraham Van Helsing (Bram Stoker’s Dracula), James Stevens (Remains of the Day), and Odin Allfather (Marvel Universe). On the silver screen he is a legend, but Hopkins admits that life was not always glitter and glam. At one point, he explains, life took a drastic turn when he suffered from alcoholism. Let’s take a closer look at what he had to say about this severe problem.
An Unbelievable Case of Addiction
Given Hopkins’ success throughout his career, you may be initially shocked to hear that this legendary actor ever suffered from a vice like alcoholism. However, at a recent LEAP (Leadership, Excellence, and Accelerating Your Potential) conference, the Welsh actor discussed how his alcoholism eventually became so severe that he could have died. In conversation with high school and college students, Hopkins explained how his costars had a hard time working with him in the theater, particularly because he was always suffering from a hangover. After receiving advice from an AA member to put his trust in God, though, he said he started to walking to a different tune and decided to become sober.
From Loner to Winner
At this point, Hopkins is grateful for his life but also shocked by how many feats he has managed to accomplish. To this day, he is convinced that he would have died in Wales if he hadn’t received the life-changing advice about finding a spiritual cor. In a very bizarre twist, though, Hopkins revealed that he only entered the theater because he couldn’t do anything else. In his youth, he was a loner who was frequently bullied, a long shot from the titan he has become today. While addressing the students, Hopkins told them to “never give up” and to put up with problems rather than let them consume you.
Seeking Treatment for Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
Alcohol is a nationwide problem that (in all honesty) does not appear to be losing steam, especially when you take a look at this drug’s popularity in bars, restaurants, and (shockingly) amusement parks. Drinking a beer or sipping a martini has pretty much become a staple of classic films and has even been featured on multiple advertisements (including ones online). In a bizarre twist, alcohol is one of the most highly marketed and widely dispersed addictive drugs on the planet and (oddly enough) it is 100% legal.
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