Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

No Stains on His CV

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

No Stains on His CV

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Oscar-winning Anthony Hopkins stars in The Human Stain, in cinemas from today

It looks like art is imitating life in Sir Anthony Hopkins's latest film, with more than a few parallels between his character and his own rise to stardom.

The Human Stain, based on a novel by Philip Roth, is a film about second chances.

In it, the 66-year-old actor plays a respected New England professor who is accused of racism and walks away to begin life again - and finds love with a young woman, played by Nicole Kidman.

Hopkins, who walked away from the intensity of a highly acclaimed stage career 30 years ago and turned himself into a major movie, has himself has pointed out the similarities with his own life.

Three-times married, the Welsh-born actor has also found a late love match in antiques dealer Stella Arroyave.

Hopkins says he liked his character, Coleman Silk, because of his refusal to buckle to political correctness.

"He's a man of great conviction, passion and rebellion. I like him because I hate political correctness with a deep passion."

And he could personally relate to the "screw you" response from his screen character, he admits.

"I've done that several times. Thirty years ago I said `Screw you' and left the National Theatre, and that was a life changer."

Playing a man in late middle age having a passionate relationship with a much younger woman wasn't a problem either, he adds. Kidman, who plays a woman escaping an abusive relationship, did most of the work, including nude scenes.

"I just sat there," he says. "I'm no sex symbol."

Kidman says of their on-screen relationship: "I don't think age matters in true affairs of the heart. There is a huge age difference between these two, but we never know the reason why people choose each other."

Hopkins says playing a man who is keeping a powerful secret about his racial background wasn't too much of a problem either. …

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