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Anthony Hopkins on Why He Avoids
Talking About Politics:
‘Actors Are Pretty Stupid’

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Posted By: drive, 12/9/2019 8:15:48 AM

Actor Anthony Hopkins said he avoids talking publicly about politics because he believes “actors are pretty stupid.” The Oscar-winning star of The Silence of the Lambs and the upcoming Netflix movie The Two Popes spoke in a conversation with fellow actor Brad Pitt for the latest issue of Interview magazine. “People ask me questions about present situations in life, ” Hopkins said. “I say, ‘I don’t know, I’m just an actor. I don’t have any opinions. Actors are pretty stupid. My opinion is not worth anything. There’s no controversy for me, so don’t engage me in it, because I’m not going to participate.'”


Hopkins is one smart actor. That's rare.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: earlybird 12/9/2019 8:24:28 AM (No. 256867)
I have no idea as to Hopkins’s politics. That is at it should be. Smart fellow...
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Reply 2 - Posted by: Cavallodifiero 12/9/2019 8:26:26 AM (No. 256872)
Bravo Anthony Hopkins, you deserve another award for speaking truth about the not so brilliant Actors, those who speak out against a country and a population that supports them for being able to memorize and repeat lines in a show, should be left to try making a living in Saudi Arabia, Iran, China, North Korea and most of the the hell hole dictatorships of the world.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: grayjay 12/9/2019 8:33:32 AM (No. 256880)
It's nice to have at least one actor that I can still watch and like.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: Clinger 12/9/2019 8:35:26 AM (No. 256881)
I'm not sure I completely agree with him. I think that many actors are quite intelligent which makes their sheltered ignorance of the real world dangerous. They do what other people don't or can't do and get filthy rich in the process feeding the arrogance component to a deadly combination with ignorance. Wisdom is a rare commodity which Mr. Hopkins clearly possesses.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: PChristopher 12/9/2019 8:49:44 AM (No. 256893)
Smart boy
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Reply 6 - Posted by: Rumblehog 12/9/2019 8:57:26 AM (No. 256900)
Finally, an actor worthy of his awards.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: qr4j 12/9/2019 9:31:40 AM (No. 256935)
What Anthony Hopkins said! Spot on.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: janjan 12/9/2019 9:32:40 AM (No. 256937)
Entertainers for the most part are no different than any other liberals. They think it is noble to offer up other people's money for social justice. They have walls, armed guards, and wouldn't dream of living in the neighborhoods they expect us to embrace. The problem they have is that they make their money offering a public commodity. By alienating half the country with their condescending insults they have to rely on fellow liberals to pay for their product. The majority of their movies are tanking, no one watches their preening awards shows, CNN and MSNBC ratings are in the toilet. Yet no one gets a clue. Amazing.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: hammondb3 12/9/2019 9:40:58 AM (No. 256945)
I have always liked Anthony Hopkins. An actor revealing their politics is akin to websites that start up videos and music unannounced. It can only do harm. I have never gone to a web site and said "HEY! Where's the MUSIC?". And I have never faulted an actor for remaining quiet about their political beliefs. So, Sir Anthony, you proved that at least ONE actor is smart.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: BeatleJeff 12/9/2019 9:58:05 AM (No. 256965)
I wouldn't call them stupid. What I would call them is under-educated ignoramuses who live in a bubble surrounded by brown-nosers who lack the backbone to tell them the nonsense they spout is wrong.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: JackBurton 12/9/2019 10:04:15 AM (No. 256971)
You specialize. Actors are good at acting. Plumbers at plumbing. And so forth. I know a guy who made his first steam engine, from spare parts, at the age of 12. Helped him load a bridgeport into his basement. Tight squeeze between his two metal lathes. He wouldn't work with wood though. Wood 'never did what (he) wanted.'
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Reply 12 - Posted by: msts 12/9/2019 10:45:51 AM (No. 257032)
Actors are paid to say what someone else wrote, doing things that someone else directs them to do, wearing clothing that someone else picked out for them. If they get really good at it, and its obvious some are better than others, they become famous and people ask them questions. Thinking people should understand that the ability to say something and have your thoughts heard dont necessarily mean that what you have to say is correct.
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Reply 13 - Posted by: DVC 12/9/2019 11:01:19 AM (No. 257057)
One of the rare intelligent actors, it would seem. Smart to stay out of politics. I refer back to the great director Alfred Hitcock, who once said, "I have been misquoted. I never said that actors are cattle. I said, "Actors should be treated like cattle." " Yep, I agree. No political opinions from the cattle. Sometimes referred to as 'meat puppets', too.
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Reply 14 - Posted by: zoidberg 12/9/2019 11:15:59 AM (No. 257076)
The Producers had a great exchange about actors. Leo Bloom: Actors are not animals! They're human beings! Max Bialystock: They are? Have you ever eaten with one?
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Reply 15 - Posted by: thewarden 12/9/2019 11:45:31 AM (No. 257132)
I’ve always loved him. He’s a brilliant actor. I read an article many years ago where he stated how much he loved and appreciated the U.S for saving Britain’s butt in WW2. He recalled his interaction with US troops during the war when was a child. I think he’s a decent guy.
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Reply 16 - Posted by: joew9 12/9/2019 12:05:06 PM (No. 257156)
There is hardly anything I can watch on TV without my wife pointing out how much she dislikes the actors politics. I try to tell her to separate the art from the artist. But even I have trouble doing that. Hopkins has the right idea.
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Reply 17 - Posted by: WV.Hillbilly 12/9/2019 2:12:08 PM (No. 257274)
Actors should stick to what they know -- memorizing words written by people smarter than them and then repeating them when directed to do so.
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Reply 18 - Posted by: NYbob 12/9/2019 6:49:58 PM (No. 257437)
Finally an actor with some wisdom about life and himself. He is pretty honest about how much he loves the USA. I have heard him say he always felt a kinship with America for it's daring and energy. He likes to go on long road trips around the country with no particular destination, just to enjoy the diversity and freedoms anyone can find, if they look for them. Came out of a hard life in Britain and greatly appreciates how lucky he is. Not really luck, he is very good at his craft. What he should have said is actors are very good liars. Combine deception with ignorance and ego and you get too much of new Hollywood. Of course the evil media uses celebrity to promote the worst of us, every chance they get.
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Reply 19 - Posted by: YorkieMom 12/9/2019 9:37:06 PM (No. 257533)
He was quoted while having a conversation with Brad Pitt. I hope Pitt agrees.
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Reply 20 - Posted by: LaVallette 12/10/2019 5:25:36 AM (No. 257688)
After all what actors do is to memorize other people's words, and then dramatize them under the direction of another. Their only contribution is to look good while they are being photographed by still more people on sets created or selected by others still. They are very easy to replace by robots or computer animations which are becoming increasingly popular
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