Welcome to my world
Anthony Hopkins on playing another megalomaniac in an all-star TV remake of classic Seventies movie Westworld
What can you tell us about your character, Dr Ford?
Do you remember Jurassic
[Michael Crichton, who wrote it, also directed the 1973 movie the Richard Attenborough guy? I play that kind of man. Ford has built Westworld and all these robots.
He’s a control freak on a massive scale – he wants to perfect everything. Which means he’s mad. I often get to play these very strange characters who are always in control. That’s completely against my nature. What did the role involve?
I had to learn a lot of dialogue, but I enjoy that. I love learning a long script – it keeps my brain cells active. In this show, what I mostly do is talk a lot – a lot of highfalutin stuff about the bicameral
[having two chambers] mind. in this goddam thing?’ And they said they weren’t going to tell me. I had no idea what was happening, they didn’t tell me about the arc at all. I didn’t know much about the other characters, either, and what was happening to them – there were some big surprises. Then I thought, ‘Well, this is interesting’. I enjoyed not knowing.
What is it about you that leads you to be cast in these very controlled roles?
I have no idea. Maybe it’s coldness, maybe it’s the blank stare. But I’ve never been interested in control myself. I think most of our pain comes from trying to control or dominate other people. How do you feel about the advancement of technology? Is artificial intelligence part of our future?