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Old 14-10-2013, 01:58
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A strong majority would believe that Sir Anthony Hopkins is one of Britain's greatest modern actors. nevertheless, he states that he is not a 'great' or one of the most talented actors.

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Old 14-10-2013, 02:22
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I agree with him. Most times, he's such a ham actor. In some early roles, he acted like a neurotic drunk.
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Old 14-10-2013, 07:26
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I loved his turn as Captain Bligh in "The Bounty"
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Old 14-10-2013, 07:51
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I think he is fantastic

Give me Anthony anyday over the likes of Michael Caine, Colin firth etc
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Old 14-10-2013, 16:55
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He's one of the greats, no doubt about it. Watch him as William Bligh in The Bounty & then as Harvey Kellogg in The Road To Wellville then tell me he's not a superlative talent.
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Old 14-10-2013, 18:07
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I challenge anyone to see him in The Remains of the Day and then come back and say he's not a great actor.
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Old 14-10-2013, 19:47
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Thought he was superb in Legends of the Fall.
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Old 14-10-2013, 19:52
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I think he is fantastic

Give me Anthony anyday over the likes of Michael Caine, Colin firth etc
Now Michael Caine really is a fluke. What's strange is that he's only started being considered a 'great' since he's reached his dotage. No one took him seriously when he was hamming it up in 'The Swarm' or 'Beyond the Poseidon Adventure'.

I challenge anyone to see him in The Remains of the Day and then come back and say he's not a great actor.
Completely. I actually think his perfomance (and Emma Thompson's) made the film in some ways better than the book.
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Old 14-10-2013, 19:55
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I challenge anyone to see him in The Remains of the Day and then come back and say he's not a great actor.
I seem to remember Hopkins saying he was amazed at his Oscar nomination for that film, in which he was required to show no emotion at all, in other words he got the nomination for NOT acting !!
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Old 14-10-2013, 20:05
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He is a good actor, but it's a shame he will probably be best remembered for one of his worst performances in the wildly over-praised Silence Off The Lambs.
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Old 14-10-2013, 22:44
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He is a good actor, but it's a shame he will probably be best remembered for one of his worst performances in the wildly over-praised Silence Off The Lambs.
Too true. Hammed up Lecter compared to Brian Cox who delivered a very understated performance
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Old 14-10-2013, 23:48
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Now Michael Caine really is a fluke. What's strange is that he's only started being considered a 'great' since he's reached his dotage. No one took him seriously when he was hamming it up in 'The Swarm' or 'Beyond the Poseidon Adventure'.
Maybe he's considered a great by way of the terrific performances that have littered his career since Zulu?

The Ipcress File, Alfie, Play Dirty, The Italian Job, Get Carter, Sleuth ('72), The Man Who Would be King, Dressed to Kill, Deathtrap, Educating Rita, Hannah and her Sisters, Mona Lisa, Blood and Wine, Little Voice, The Cider House Rules, The Quiet American...

Sure, the dross piles up as the years progress. But fluke? Far from it.
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Old 14-10-2013, 23:53
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Too true. Hammed up Lecter compared to Brian Cox who delivered a very understated performance
Indeed. With Cox you could believe Lector used to be a doctor. Hopkins overdid the pantomime sinister, and you got the impression that was all he was ever like.
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Old 15-10-2013, 07:57
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Maybe he's considered a great by way of the terrific performances that have littered his career since Zulu?

The Ipcress File, Alfie, Play Dirty, The Italian Job, Get Carter, Sleuth ('72), The Man Who Would be King, Dressed to Kill, Deathtrap, Educating Rita, Hannah and her Sisters, Mona Lisa, Blood and Wine, Little Voice, The Cider House Rules, The Quiet American...

Sure, the dross piles up as the years progress. But fluke? Far from it.
Thanks for sticking up for Caine. As you say, amongst all the dross he's done to earn money, he has turned in some fantastic performances. When he wants to, and when he has a decent script, he's an amazing actor.

Although I would have taken 'The Italian Job' (fun film, but not great) from your list and included 'Children Of Men' instead.
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Old 15-10-2013, 10:01
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Indeed. With Cox you could believe Lector used to be a doctor. Hopkins overdid the pantomime sinister, and you got the impression that was all he was ever like.
This old chestnut again.
IN SOTL Hopkins was brilliant, and far superior to Cox.
The two others he did , were pantomime stuff yes.
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Old 15-10-2013, 10:22
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False modesty.
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Old 15-10-2013, 13:25
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Agreed I think he was just being rather too modest, as great men always are.

Also don't agree with the tired old Brain Cox was better in Manhunter line as well. Sick of hearing it; its just a twaddle line originally invented by stuck up critics trying to pretend they were clever by having seen the 1st attempt at filming the books. Hopkins totally outclassed him and made Lecter an iconic character. Speaking as someone who has read the books I always felt Hopkins is closer to the book's version of Hannibal than anyone else. He just really gets under your skin...quite erm literally!
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Old 15-10-2013, 15:08
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Thanks for sticking up for Caine. As you say, amongst all the dross he's done to earn money, he has turned in some fantastic performances. When he wants to, and when he has a decent script, he's an amazing actor.

Although I would have taken 'The Italian Job' (fun film, but not great) from your list and included 'Children Of Men' instead.
Ha ha! I was trying to post a similar list last night but bloody Safari kept crashing. I left off The Italian Job as well - he was just playing around in that. I'd include Harry Brown in the list - practically a masterclass in film acting by Caine. It's a shame everyone else in it was shite.

All great actors have done their share of Hollywood whoring. De Niro's been in those ghastly Fokkers 'comedies' so no-one's immune.
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Old 15-10-2013, 15:11
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Agreed I think he was just being rather too modest, as great men always are.

Also don't agree with the tired old Brain Cox was better in Manhunter line as well. Sick of hearing it; its just a twaddle line originally invented by stuck up critics trying to pretend they were clever by having seen the 1st attempt at filming the books. Hopkins totally outclassed him and made Lecter an iconic character. Speaking as someone who has read the books I always felt Hopkins is closer to the book's version of Hannibal than anyone else. He just really gets under your skin...quite erm literally!
I'm inclined to agree with you. It's now fashionable to slag off Silence of the Lambs as populist trash but it remains an excellent film and not just for Hopkins' performance.
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Old 15-10-2013, 18:45
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Until you've lived in a sheep's liver for 6 months, you've no right to call yourself a fluke.
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Old 15-10-2013, 19:15
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hes a great actor , he just does not blow his own trumpet like many of the hollywood fodder do .
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Old 15-10-2013, 19:40
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I'm inclined to agree with you. It's now fashionable to slag off Silence of the Lambs as populist trash but it remains an excellent film and not just for Hopkins' performance.
Nowt to do with being fashionable, I've disliked it since the moment I saw it.
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Old 15-10-2013, 22:17
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Hopkins has been in a few clunkers for sure, but you can't deny his turns in Remains of the Day, The Elephant Man, Silence of the Lambs, Shadowlands, all his Shakespeare work, both in film and TV.
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Old 15-10-2013, 23:25
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hes a great actor , he just does not blow his own trumpet like many of the hollywood fodder do .
Who in particular?
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Old 16-10-2013, 01:53
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I'm inclined to agree with you. It's now fashionable to slag off Silence of the Lambs as populist trash but it remains an excellent film and not just for Hopkins' performance.
Fashionable? Pfft. I never liked it because of Hopkins.

Seriously though, I had problems with the film as a whole, but accepted that it may be popular because of the performances from Hopkins and Jodie Foster. I'm not that keen on both, even though I have a soft spot for Foster, in a sense of growing up with her existence as a 'big sister'. Weird, but you know what I mean. Well, I hope so, anyway.
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