When we see a creepy character on-screen, sending chills down our spine, much of the credit goes to the actor behind it. The creepy character to creep out all creepy characters was Hannibal Lecter in the movie Silence of the Lambs. Played by Sir Philip Anthony Hopkins, this character still haunts us in spite of having just 16 minutes of screen time.
Anthony Hopkins, who is known for a number of memorable roles, is also known for his dedication towards the characters he plays. Considered one of the best actors of all time, he memorizes his lines by reading them about 200 times so when the times comes for him to perform, the conversation flow is like art. If you look closely at his scenes, there are a myriad of expressions which cross his face, which are subtle and yet the overall effect is quite amazing.
Believing that death is the ultimate retirement, he continues his excellent work as we saw in the series Westworld. If Westworld was your introduction to this great thespian, here are his five other appearances you should catch.
The Mask of Zorro
Looking at the actor now, you can't imagine him wielding a sword. The actor's enthusiasm to be in an action movie was well-rewarded with the audience's appreciation.
Bram Stroker's Dracula
He may not be Morgan Freeman, but Anthony Hopkins' Welsh accent along with his ability to enunciate perfectly is certainly impressive and this movie proves it.
Another movie where Anthony shines as an engineer who is on trial for his wife's murder.
The above speech which was shot in a single take should give you a fair idea of what this gentleman is capable of. Steven Spielberg refused to call him anything other than Sir Anthony Hopkins after this scene was shot.
Silence of the Lambs
This role got Sir Hopkins a well-deserved Oscar and he reprised this character in Hannibal and Red Dragon.
At 79, it has been one of Hopkins' busiest years and he doesn't wish to stop. We wish him a very happy birthday and wait for his (hopeful) return in Westworld Season 2.