In case you needed to be reminded, Anthony Hopkins is amazing. Not only is he a deeply talented actor, but he’s also an all-around gentleman and national treasure (even if he’s, you know, not of our nation). And a few more reasons that support this claim have recently come forth.
1. This Letter He Sent Bryan Cranston
In October, Hopkins, like many of us, binge-watched Breaking Bad. However, like few of us, he sent a letter to Bryan Cranston after doing so. It read, in part, “Your performance as Walter White was the best acting I have ever seen – ever.”
And he kept going! “If you ever get a chance to – would you pass my admiration to everyone – Anna Gunn, Dean Norris, Aaron Paul, Betsy Brandt, R.J. Mitte, Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, Steven Michael Quezada – everyone – everyone gave master classes of performance ” Yes, that’s Hannibal Lecter, gushing like a fanboy to the cast of Breaking Bad. Which brings us to
2. Hannibal Lecter in general
We still have nightmares from Hopkins’ portrayal of Thomas Harris’ best-known creation. And 2,000 film buffs from LoveFilm.com recently voted Lecter the most terrifying horror film villain, which of course, adds to him having already been honored by the American Film Institute as their No. 1 villain of all time. Which brings us to
3. This blooper reel
This blooper reel from Silence of the Lambs has been blowing up the Internet today, and really, we can sum up the reason for its popularity in one sentence: Anthony Hopkins does a Sylvester Stallone impression. (The rest of it’s funny too, but we never thought we’d type “Anthony Hopkins does a Sylvester Stallone impression,” so we’re pretty over the moon about that.)