‘Don’t waste your money’: Sir Anthony Hopkins lashes out at acting schools as it is revealed he will receive the coveted trophy at the 2021 GQ Men Of The Year Awards
He’s set to win The Legend Award at Wednesday’s GQ Men Of The Year Awards.
And in the run-up to the ceremony, Sir Anthony Hopkins spoke to the magazine, urging budding actors to “don’t waste their money” on drama school.
The Oscar-winning star, 83, insisted: ‘Don’t waste your money. They are failed actors who present themselves as gurus.’
Achievement: Sir Anthony Hopkins, 83, will win The Legend Award at the GQ Men Of The Year Awards on Wednesday and has urged actors to ‘don’t waste their money’ on acting school
He added when speaking to the magazine ahead of the 24th Men Of The Year ceremony, “There’s a very well-known actor with an acting class here in Los Angeles and he’s the star of the show!
“And all those other students paying their tuition and he’s the star! He stands with them on stage, interrupts them, is rude to them. No you will not do that.’
Anthony also candidly discussed his decision to leave the National Theatre, explaining: ‘That’s one of the reasons I left the National Theater – we had a certain director who was very picky.
“And that’s one of the reasons I’d be angry. This was in my days of raging paranoia, and I warned a director, “If you ever talk to me like that again, I’ll punch you in the face.”
He then joked, “Of course I don’t do that anymore.”
Interview: The Oscar-winning star insisted in his interview, “Don’t waste your money. They are failed actors who present themselves as gurus’
The screen legend also landed the gong for best actor for his performance in The Father at the Oscars in April.
He made headlines after seemingly failing to show up at the ceremony.
However, during a speech in Lorraine in June, the iconic actor revealed he “didn’t expect” to win, explaining: “The contender was Chadwick Boseman, so I went to bed.”
The movie star appeared alongside Florian Zeller, director of The Father, and continued, “Well, what happened very briefly: I didn’t expect to get it at all. My phone rang, and it was a text from my agent saying ‘you won the Oscar’ at about 5 a.m.
He added: ‘I couldn’t believe it. I really couldn’t believe it. I did not expect it.’
Hopkins—who didn’t give his acceptance speech until he woke up the next morning—continued, “The next morning I gave thanks to the Academy and Chadwick Boseman.”
Sir Anthony became the oldest actor to ever win an Oscar for his heartbreaking role as a man with dementia in The Father.
In The Father: Hopkins portrays an elderly man who refuses his daughter’s help as he begins to lose his own agency; seen here in the movie with Olivia Colman
However, he skipped the awards ceremony, which was held at Union Station in downtown Los Angeles, California, and didn’t give his acceptance speech until he woke up near Port Talbot the next morning.
In his April speech, he paid tribute to the late Chadwick, many of whom expected to win the gong for his performance in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.
Boseman died last August at the age of 43 after a four-year private battle with colon cancer.
GQ Men Of The Year Awards 2021 in collaboration with BOSS.
Candid: Sir Antony didn’t show up to the Oscars in April, but during a speech on Lorraine in June, he revealed he ‘didn’t expect’ to win his Best Actor gong