Sunday 25 March 2018

Hopkins vows to carry on acting

Sir Anthony Hopkins insisted he's not quitting acting
Sir Anthony Hopkins insisted he's not quitting acting

Sir Anthony Hopkins has said he would not turn his back on acting until he was no longer wanted for films.

The 72-year-old insisted he wasn't giving up movies anytime soon, despite writing music and an exhibition of his artwork visiting the UK.

Speaking to STV News at Six, the actor said: "They keep coming at me and saying 'would you do this?' I say 'yeah ok'.

"No, I'm not going to turn my back on it until they tell me it's over and we don't want you anymore. So if they say they want me I will go ahead and do it, learn my lines. You know, do what I do. So it's the best time of my life now."

Speaking about his artwork, which goes on show in Edinburgh next month, he said: "Well I suppose I could call them primitive because again, as I have no academic training, I could no longer sit in an art class drawing apples or vases or nudes - I can't feel hemmed in.

"So, I just express what I feel, is my vision of life. I paint these masks and faces and landscapes and they come out of my mind. So I put a lot of colour in them.

"They are very vivid. They express myself. They are not representational. I like them. They are an affirmation of my state of mind which is, at present, vivid, in good health full of vibrancy of being. I'm now 72 years of age and I have a whole new dimension to my life."

Sir Anthony added: "People are free to buy them if they want to buy them."

He said he did not concern himself with business but he does ask his wife who he called the "business woman" about it.

A selection of Sir Anthony's paintings will be on display at The Dome in George Street, Edinburgh, from March 2 to March 6. The exhibition is currently on show at Gallery 27 in Cork Street, in Mayfair, London.

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