Anthony Hopkins

Anthony Hopkins
Anthony Hopkins has been sober for 37 years.

Anthony Hopkins has become one of Britain's most admired and prolific actors yet, in his youth, his career was endangered by his dependence on substance abuse. In a 2010 interview with the Daily Mail, Hopkins explained that whilst the rest of London was enjoying the 1960s and the liberation it seemingly brought, he was "was drinking [himself] into oblivion."

Much like Radcliffe, his drinking even affected his performances in films. Throughout the 1960s and into the 1970s, Hopkins would turn up to sets after a heavy night of drinking and not sleeping and still perform. He claimed that in one 1968 movie, The Looking Glass War, he was so drunk at one point he did not remember filming one pivotal scene. Hopkins said "I had a scene with Ralph Richardson in the back of a car that I don't even remember doing because I was so drunk. I caught the film on TV recently - I got the lines right but they sounded a bit muzzy." He continued to drink heavily throughout the early part of his career. 

He finally stopped drinking when he reached rock bottom, not being able to remember where he was the night before. He has been sober for 34 years (at the time of the interview - now 37 years) after finally deciding enough was enough. In the interview Hopkins explained "One day I just thought, "I've had enough of this". It was simple. I didn't want to go on feeling bad. I don't miss drinking, not at all. I don't want to ever go back there. Now I just love English tea and digestive biscuits or Hobnobs."

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