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Anthony Hopkins: Chasing Oscar can be a “road to madness”

February 12, 2010

Anthony Hopkins has done his dance with Oscar. In 1992, he won the first time he was nominated for the award, playing serial killer Hannibal Lecter in thriller “The Silence of the Lambs.” Since then, he was nominated for Oscars three more times but never won.Anthony Hopkins

So he clearly knows a thing or two about Hollywood’s highest awards ceremony, which will happen on March 7, and to hear him describe it, you would say that he’s leery of the whole thing.

“You can’t become the Oscar. You can’t become what you think you have to become when you get the Oscar. If you do that, that’s the road to madness and the movie industry is full of crazy people,” Hopkins told reporters recently. “Hide them from sharp objects, there’s some lunatic people in this business.”

Hopkins made his tongue-in-cheek remarks while discussing his latest film, Gothic horror “The Wolfman”, which opens on Friday.

Aside from winning an Oscar, the Wales-born Hopkins has received a knighthood from Britain’s Queen Elizabeth,  which means that some people, even in the United States, call him “Sir Anthony.” But Hopkins, true to form, downplayed that as well.

“I still have to look in the shaving mirror in the morning, see the same old face, so it doesn’t change your life that much,” Hopkins said.

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