Sir Anthony Hopkins was almost cast in Only Fools and Horses

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Sir Anthony Hopkins was almost cast in Only Fools and Horses, actor John Challis claims.

The movie star, 83, missed the role in the sitcom comedy because he was in the process of filming Silence of the Lambs, says John, 78.

John – who played Aubrey ‘Boycie’ Boyce on the show – said Sir Anthony would have starred as one of the evil Driscoll brothers had he not filmed for his role as Hannibal Lecter in the iconic 1991 film.

Role: Sir Anthony Hopkins was almost cast in Only Fools and Horses but was filming Silence Of The Lambs, actor John Challis has revealed (Sir Anthony portrayed as Hannibal Lecter)

Role: Sir Anthony Hopkins was almost cast in Only Fools and Horses but was filming Silence Of The Lambs, actor John Challis has revealed (Sir Anthony portrayed as Hannibal Lecter)

John told The mirror: ‘He’s a huge fan of the show and was really interested in doing it. He would have been fantastic.

I can imagine those disarming blue eyes staring at Boycie or Del Boy. It would have been really terrifying. ‘

Sir Anthony won the Best Actor Oscar in 1991 for his performance as Hannibal Lecter and celebrated another Oscars win last month for his role in The Father.

Work: The movie star, 83, missed the role in the sitcom comedy because he was in the process of filming Silence of the Lambs, according to John, 78, (pictured)

Work: The movie star, 83, missed the role in the sitcom comedy because he was filming Silence of the Lambs, according to John, 78, (pictured)

Work: The movie star, 83, missed the role in the sitcom comedy because he was filming Silence of the Lambs, according to John, 78, (pictured)

Asked if he might have regretted not appearing on the show, John joked, ‘He’s probably thinking’ if only I did, I would have been an even greater success, ‘while holding on to his Oscar.’

It comes after Sir Anthony took to the moon last week as he celebrated his Oscars win for his role in The Father with boyfriend Salma Hayek in Wales.

The star couldn’t contain his joy as he bowed into an extravagant home, before the Mexican-American actress, 54, joined him in a funny video shared on her Instagram account on Tuesday.

The director landed his second gong for best actor in a lead role for his performance as a man with dementia in his latest drama film – though he didn’t show up at Sunday’s LA event and reportedly visited Greggs for his win.

Success: Sir Anthony won the Best Actor Oscar in 1991 for his performance as Hannibal Lecter

Success: Sir Anthony won the Best Actor Oscar in 1991 for his performance as Hannibal Lecter

Success: Sir Anthony won the Best Actor Oscar in 1991 for his performance as Hannibal Lecter

The movie stars waved to a song by the late Leonard Cohen before sharing a sweet hug.

Salma, who has been busy filming scenes like imprisoned clairvoyant Pina Auriemma for House Of Gucci in Rome, wrote in an accompanying caption: ‘Celebrating with the king @anthonyhopkins.

“His 2nd Oscar for his extraordinary performance in The Father Celebrating with the King #anthonyhopkins and his second #oscar for his extraordinary performance in El Padre #leonardcohen.” (sic)

It’s unclear why she traveled to the UK, but she and the Welsh thespian seem to have a close friendship – with the brunette supporting him when he received a star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame in September 2003.

Star: John (depicted in Only Fools and Horses) told The Mirror, 'He's a huge fan of the show and was really interested in doing it.  He would have been fantastic '

Star: John (depicted in Only Fools and Horses) told The Mirror, 'He's a huge fan of the show and was really interested in doing it.  He would have been fantastic '

Star: John (depicted in Only Fools and Horses) told The Mirror, ‘He’s a huge fan of the show and was really interested in doing it. He would have been fantastic ‘

Sir Anthony plays the elderly Anthony, whose daughter Anne (Olivia Colman) tries to help him with his ongoing amnesia.

The producer skipped this year’s show, which was held at Union Station, and didn’t give his acceptance speech until he woke up near Port Talbot on Monday.

A source said The sun he ordered a £ 1.60 steak from Greggs on a tour of Wales last Friday.

A store clerk from the Llantwit Major branch told the publication: ‘He was outside the store putting on his face mask before coming in, he looked straight at me and smiled. It’s not every day that you can serve an Oscar winner. ‘

Actors: John - who played Aubrey 'Boycie' Boyce on the show - said Sir Anthony would have played one of the evil Driscoll brothers had he not filmed for his role as Hannibal Lecter (pictured) in the iconic 1991 film

Actors: John - who played Aubrey 'Boycie' Boyce on the show - said Sir Anthony would have played one of the evil Driscoll brothers had he not filmed for his role as Hannibal Lecter (pictured) in the iconic 1991 film

Actors: John – who played Aubrey ‘Boycie’ Boyce on the show – said Sir Anthony would have played one of the evil Driscoll brothers had he not filmed for his role as Hannibal Lecter (pictured) in the iconic 1991 film

MailOnline has contacted a representative for Sir Anthony for further comment.

In his speech, he paid tribute to the late Chadwick Boseman, who many expected to win the gong for his performance in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.

Sir Anthony – who became the oldest winner in history – said in a short clip surrounded by the vast countryside of Wales: ‘Good morning, here I am in my home country of Wales and at the age of 83 I did not expect to receive this award.

Excited: It comes after Sir Anthony took to the moon last week as he celebrated his Oscars win for his role in The Father with boyfriend Salma Hayek in Wales

Excited: It comes after Sir Anthony took to the moon last week as he celebrated his Oscars win for his role in The Father with boyfriend Salma Hayek in Wales

Excited: It comes after Sir Anthony took to the moon last week as he celebrated his Oscars win for his role in The Father with boyfriend Salma Hayek in Wales

‘Not really. I am grateful and thank you to the Academy. I want to pay tribute to Chadwick Boseman who was taken away from us way too early, and thank you again.

‘I really wasn’t expecting this, so I feel very privileged and honored. Thank you.’

The TV and movie star missed the Hollywood ceremony weeks after also dodging the BAFTA Awards and decided to paint in his hotel room instead.

Sir Anthony only learned that he had won Best Actor at Britain’s Best Film Awards because of screaming and banging through the walls.

Strong performance: the director received his second gong for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his performance as a man with dementia in his latest drama film starring Olivia Colman (pictured)

Strong performance: the director received his second gong for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his performance as a man with dementia in his latest drama film starring Olivia Colman (pictured)

Strong performance: the director received his second gong for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his performance as a man with dementia in his latest drama film starring Olivia Colman (pictured)

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