One of the beautiful things about getting old, especially getting old and having accumulated a satisfying level of success, is that you can truly stop giving a shit and just say whatever you think. Like Anthony Hopkins, for instance, who is already generating some Oscar buzz for his lead in the new Alfred Hitchcock biopic “Hitchcock.”
HuffPo asked Hopkins about his experience on the movie yesterday and the prospect of winning a second Oscar to put next to the one he won for “Silence of the Lambs,” and Hopkins went full-on Honey Badger on them. Here are some highlights:
On the Academy Awards:
You know, kissing the backside of the authorities that can make or break it; I can’t stand all that. I find it nauseating to watch and I think it’s disgusting to behold. People groveling around and kissing the backsides of famous producers and all that. It makes me want to throw up, it really does. It’s sick-making. I’ve seen it so many times. I saw it fairly recently, last year. Some great producer-mogul and everyone kisses this guy’s backside. I think, “What are they doing? Don’t they have any self respect?” I wanted to say, “Fuck off.”
On actors who “stay in character” between takes:
Well, you can do it if you want, but I don’t go along with being called “Mr. Hitchcock.” I think that’s a lot of crap. I just don’t understand that. If actors want to do that, fine. If they want to be miserable, that’s up to them. I’m not interested. It’s a job. I do the job. I’m certainly not going to make my life miserable just to be a character. …I’ve been with actors like that and they’re a pain in the ass, they really are.
He’s also not particularly impressed with Hitchock himself, or at least the later movies like “Vertigo” and “North By Northwest” that everyone loves: “I think later in his years, he could have retired because some of the films became terrible.”
And not one shit was given. May we all be so lucky to age this gracefully.