THE MASK OF ZORRO
For his extraordinary work in films, television and theater, ANTHONY HOPKINS (Don Diego de la Vega/Zorro) has been honored with an Academy AwardÂ¨, two Emmy Awards and the Laurence Olivier Theater Award
For his extraordinary work in films, television and theater, ANTHONY
HOPKINS (Don Diego de la Vega/Zorro) has been honored with
an Academy Award¨, two Emmy Awards and the Laurence Olivier
Theater Award. He was also featured as ShoWest's Actor of the
Year in Las Vegas in March.
Hopkins received his Oscar® for his remarkable portrayal of
the brilliant, cultivated serial killer Hannibal Lecter in Jonathan
Demme's chilling The Silence Of The Lambs. Since then,
Hopkins has received two additional Academy Award® nominations,
one for his performance in The Remains Of The Day, which
also earned him the British Academy of Film and Television Award
(BAFTA) for Best Actor, and another for his flawless portrayal
of the 37th president in Oliver Stone's controversial Nixon.
Emmy Awards were bestowed on Hopkins for his portrayal of Bruno
Hauptmann in "The Lindbergh Kidnapping Case" and as
Hitler in "The Bunker."
Hopkins confesses he never thought about playing Zorro before
the filmmakers approached him for the role. "When I was young,
I remember seeing both the Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. and Tyrone Power
versions of The Mark of Zorro, he recalls. "But when
I became an actor, I never thought about playing the role."
When the filmmakers offered him the opportunity to play the older
Zorro, he responded, "Now that I'm in my autumn years, I
may as well have some fun."
As a classically trained actor, Hopkins had dueled before. To
convey Zorro's prowess, however, the actor underwent extensive
preparation with swordmaster Bob Anderson and whip coach Alex
Green. In the end, he mastered both effectively-especially the
"Alex was my stunt double in The Edge," Hopkins
explains. "During his down time on the set, I would always
see him off cracking his whip. He even gave me a whip as a present
when the film wrapped. Little did I know what was in store for
us." Of his experience making The Mask of Zorro, Hopkins
recalls, "When I would get back to the hotel at night I felt
that we had always done a good day's work and had a good day's
Hopkins stumbled into acting when, at 17, he wandered into a YMCA
amateur theatrical production in his native Port Talbot, Wales.
He immediately knew he was in the right place. Hopkins used his
proficiency at the piano to apply for a scholarship to the Welsh
College of Music and Drama in Cardiff, where he studied from 1955
Upon graduating, he worked with several small theater companies
before seeking further training as an actor. He auditioned for
London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in 1961 and was accepted
on a scholarship. In 1965, he joined the National Theater under
Sir Laurence Olivier.
Hopkins made his film debut in 1967 in The Lion In Winter
with Katherine Hepburn. From then on he has worked steadily, juggling
roles in films, television and theater.
American television viewers discovered Hopkins in ABC's 1973 production
of Leon Uris' "QBVII." The following year, he made his
Broadway debut starring in the National Theater production of
"Equus." When the play moved to Los Angeles, Hopkins
went with it to re-create his role as the psychiatrist. He remained
in Los Angeles for the next 10 years, working extensively in American
films and television.
Hopkins returned to
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