Legendary Welsh actor SIR Anthony Hopkins' ultra successful movie career is purely down to luck, he insists.
The Oscar-winning actor - who carved a name for himself with blockbusters like Silence Of The Lambs and The Remains of the Day - is convinced his acting skills pale in comparison with other legendary thespians.
He says, "Most of it was luck. I've never really considered myself as a great actor at all. I look at my contemporaries in the London theatre and they're much more skilled than me; people like Judi Dench. I'm just a kind of fluke."
LATEST: SIR Anthony Hopkins' claims Merchant Ivory have yet to pay him for new movie CITY OF YOUR FINAL DESTINATION have been dismissed by the film production company.
Earlier this week (begs02APR07) the Welsh actor claimed the firm had short-changed both him and the cast and crew, and that he planned to sue.
However, Merchant Ivory dispute this.
A statement reads: "Fortunately, Anthony Hopkins is ill-informed and just plain wrong. All of our Argentine cast, crew and entire production costs of that shoot were paid promptly some months ago.
"Ironically, Mr. Hopkins' contractual terms regarding his fee have actually recently been improved through the effective renegotiating strength of his Hollywood agents.
"This is Tony Hopkins' fourth film with Merchant Ivory - two big hits back to back and a best actor Oscar nomination for The Remains of the Day. By his own admission, he had one of his happiest ever filming experiences working with us in Argentina.
"Stormy sequences like these come and go in independent film production. He ought to know. He raged at us in the press after Surviving Picasso yet we did not have to coax him to accept his very good part in City of Your Final Destination - a commitment by him that we are confident he will not regret."
SIR Anthony Hopkins is suing the movie company behind two of his most beloved films for allegedly not having paid him for their latest project together.
The Welsh actor starred in HOWARD'S END and The Remains of the Day for Merchant Ivory Productions.
But he isn't happy with his latest Merchant Ivory venture, CITY OF YOUR FINAL DESTINATION, because he claims the firm has short-changed him and the cast and crew.
Hopkins says, "You always have to make sure you get your money up front from that company because I'm still waiting to be paid and I want my money.
"We're suing them because they lied, they cheated and they're crooks. I'm more amused and I'm not even angry. I'm just puzzled that they can even do that.
"They have a whole crew of people down in Argentina, were we shot this film, and they're not paying them. You can't do that to people, especially in Argentina where the economy is not good.
"It's a shame because I like James Ivory, the director, but it's stupid to set up movies and you don't pay the crew and you don't pay the actors."
Harry Potter creator Jk Rowling has been named the greatest living British author, beating heavyweight novelists including Salman Rushdie and IAN MCEWAN to the honour. Rowling received three times as many votes as second place fantasy writer Terry Pratchett in the poll carried out by British publication The Book Magazine. MCEWAN came in third, while Rushdie, who sparked Islamic outrage with his 1988 book THE SATANIC VERSES, ranked fourth. The Remains of the Day author Kazuo Ishiguro rounded out the top five. The top ten is as follows: 1. JK ROWLING 2. TERRY PRATCHETT 3. IAN MCEWAN 4. SALMAN RUSHDIE 5. KAZUO ISHIGURO 6. Philip Pullman 7. Harold Pinter 8. Nick Hornby 9. As Byatt 10. JONATHAN COE and JOHN LE CARE.
Ivory explains, "We are planning to go on with the film we were going to make in Argentina, but, without Ismail, it's not the same thing at all. And it can't be the same thing for me.
Continue reading: Ivory Not Looking Forward To Next Film Without Merchant
Veteran movie producer Ismail Merchant has been buried in his hometown of Bombay, India.
Merchant, who alongside business partner James Ivory was one-half of production company MERCHANT IVORY, died in a London hospital aged 68 on Wednesday (25MAY05).
Production coordinator JAYA RAMACHANDRAN, who worked with Merchant for 10 years, says, "It was his wish to be buried in India, and he wanted to be buried near his mum."
Continue reading: Merchant Buried In India
A galaxy of stars, including SIR Anthony Hopkins and Ralph Fiennes, have paid emotional tributes to veteran movie producer Ismail Merchant, who died from a stomach-related illness yesterday (25MAY05) at the age of 68.
Hopkins and Fiennes are devastated by the film entrepreneur's death, and credit him with inspiring them to approach movies in a more inventive and passionate way.
Continue reading: Stars Pay Emotional Tributes To Late Merchant
Veteran movie producer Ismail Merchant died in a London hospital this afternoon (25MAY05). He was 68.
Film-maker Merchant, who alongside longtime partner James Ivory formed MERCHANT IVORY in 1961, is best known for producing critically acclaimed period drama films including Howards End and The Remains of the Day.
It currently remains unclear why Merchant passed away, but he had been suffering from stomach problems over the last year (begs04).
Continue reading: Ismail Merchant Dies
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