Sir Anthony Hopkins Takes Hollywood To Task
Though I initially wished to avoid the annual orgy of self-congratulation, my curiosity got the best of me, and I succumbed to watching perhaps the most boring Academy Awards since I can remember (the year Driving Miss Daisy won). Jon Stewart was an improvement over Chris Rock but that isn't saying much. Thankfully Sir Anthony Hopkins takes the self-indulgent, overpaid, and arrogant Hollywood set to task:
"I'm also tired of the camera moving all over the place, with car chases so cut and edited you don't know what's happening.Refreshing sentiments from one of the best actors of this era. Sadly, nothing will change with the glamorous jet-setting A-listers. And let's not even get started on their politics. . .
"It's condescending. Audiences aren't so mindless as movie-makers think."
He added: "If you look at The Shining or Fargo, they photograph it and let actors tell a story. That's the old-fashioned way. I hope it comes back. . ."
". . .I can't get caught up in the self-importance. People bow to your every wish and you forget where you come from and what you're doing," he told the magazine.
"I recently worked with two actors who wouldn't come out of their trailers for some reason.
"Can you figure that out? It's insanity. Or they complain because their trailers aren't big enough.
"Bulls***. It's a job, like any other, so don't make a big deal. Be polite, treat the crew with respect and don't think you're different.