Anthony Hopkins' Belief In God Helped Him In His Battle With Alcoholism

Date November 27, 2017

For many years, Anthony Hopkins has been a staple on our TV screens. With a career spanning over five decades, this stage and television actor continues impressing his fans.


Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter

Of his many works, one that often jumps out in people's minds is the portrayal of Hannibal Lecter in thriller, The Silence of The Lambs (1991). While he has been involved in many notable movies and stage performances before and since then, most people believe that this role was one of his greatest ever.

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Anthony Hopkins took the role after Sean Connery and many others who considered it very disturbing to consider. He turned out to be the perfect fit.


Hopkins' portrayal of Hannibal the Cannibal, the brilliant doctor and sadistic psychopath, earned him an Oscar for the Best Actor in a Leading Role. Interesting enough, the actor only had 16 minutes and a few seconds of on-screen time in the two-hour long movie. Yet, he was so good that his presence was constantly felt throughout the film.

Anthony Hopkins and his battle with alcoholism

While his career was soaring as the years went by, the actor had a few problems in his personal life, one of which was his alcoholism.

In 2011, the actor sat down with CNN's Piers Morgan and talked about why his struggle led him to God. He explained that many years ago, he felt the need for God, while he was going through the crisis. Even though, at the time, he considered himself an atheist.


“I was hell-bent on destruction. And I just asked for a little bit of help, and suddenly, pow. It was just like, bingo,” he recalled.

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He also added that his drinking problem got so bad that he was almost worried that he was possessed. "I couldn't stop," he said, thinking back to that point in his life. But learning about and believing in God ultimately saved him.

Hopkins as a homeless man

The actor recently made headlines when he transformed into a homeless man to film his newest project. The change was so complete that passers-by did not even recognize him.

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He was spotted in a tatty green coat, which was fastened with a rope at his waist, as well as baggy trousers and heavily muddied boots. A faded black hat decorated with flowers on the side and a pair of ripped gloves completed the look.

Hopkins is obviously a dedicated actor and interesting person. Like the rest of us, he has gone through his share of struggles but overcame them. It is one of the reasons people consider him an inspiration.

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