SIR ANTHONY HOPKINS CONFESSES: I’M NOT REALLY WELSH
The world of cinema and film and movies has been bashed by a series of cataclysmic revelations. First of all, Jodie Foster is gay, then Will Ferrell is funny and finally Sir Anthony Hopkins admits – in an excess of candour – that he is not actually Welsh.
The revelations come in the first chapter of his new autobiography Boy-o! which was launched in New York this evening and in which Hannibal the Cannibal (as he prefers to be known) writes:
When I was a young lad starting out in Tennessee, all the actors I must admired were British or Irish. There was Dicky Burton and Albert Finney, Richard Harris and Peter O’Toole. So I thought sod it, I’ll just pretend to be Welsh.
Later, he describes how he perfected his Welsh accent, only to find that most of his film roles would have him play an Englishman or American character: ‘A waste of my time it was really.’
Despite maintaining to be proud of his Welsh identity for years and even buying the Welsh mountain Snowdon, Hopkins admits in the biography, that he’s never actually been to Wales. ‘I’m not even sure exactly where it is,’ laughs Hopkins. ‘Though I do know it’s near England.’
The shock revelations come only weeks after Sean Connery’s similarly surprising autobiography What?Land was published, in which the famous Jock admitted that he is actually German.