THE HOPKINS METHOD

His for­mula for great liv­ing? Don’t be so damned pre­cious

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For be­ing such a leg­end, An­thony Hopkins isn’t one for pre­tence when young ac­tors seek his ad­vice: “Do the best you can,” he tells them. “Have fun. Don’t fret about it too much.” That has worked for Hopkins, 79, who’s still en­joy­ing high-pro­file roles ( Trans­form­ers:

The Last Knight, an­other round of Thor and West­world). His life is wor­thy of re­flec­tion, but he’s hav­ing too much fun to bother.

MEN’S HEALTH: This is your 50th year in film. Is this how you fore­saw things turn­ing out? AN­THONY HOPKINS: I can’t ac­count for any of my life or suc­cess or what­ever you want to call it. I had no am­bi­tions like that at all. But some­times you get to a door and you get lucky and it opens. I’m not into all this “if you vi­su­alise a big house you’ll get it” stuff. I don’t be­lieve that. I’m very prag­matic about it. I ac­cept that we’re frail hu­man be­ings. Noth­ing is def­i­nite, noth­ing is fore­see­able and only a few things are in our con­trol. I keep my nose clean, stay healthy and have a good at­ti­tude to­ward peo­ple. Avoid unique­ness, ex­cep­tion­al­ism and en­ti­tle­ment. I think it’s your re­spon­si­bil­ity to live the best you can, be kind, gen­er­ous, help­ful and have a bit of fun with it. You’re on Twit­ter now – 118,000 fol­low­ers! Mark Wahlberg put me on it. We were on set and he asks me, “Want to be on so­cial me­dia?” I say, “What’s that?” So my first tweet was a clip of me stand­ing next to Mark and not know­ing what the hell it was about. Your posts are very pos­i­tive. That’s rare for Twit­ter.

Last Valen­tine’s Day we were at the farmer’s mar­ket and my wife took a video of me. I re­cited a poem, wished peo­ple well, and that’s how I do it. Ev­ery­one on the internet is so up­tight and mis­er­able. You’re go­ing to be dead one day. En­joy life.

Your paint­ing is part of that?

This week I painted ev­ery day. I do it for the colour. To see what comes out of my brain. The late Stan Win­ston, a great artist – his team cre­ated the Juras­sic Park di­nosaurs – told me, “Don’t train! Just paint.” So that’s what I do.

You’ve done lots of Shake­speare. Leave us with a quote?

There’s one from Ham­let: “The readi­ness is all.” He’s get­ting ready for death. But for­get death, that’s life. Be ready.

Don’t worry, be happy, this icon says.

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