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Anthony Hopkins shares message of hope via Twitter video as he celebrates 45 years of sobriety

He’s regarded as one of the greatest stars of stage and screen.

And on Tuesday, the day he marked 45 years of sobriety, Anthony Hopkins delivered a personal message via Twitter to all those struggling with addiction during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

‘Hang in there,’ he urged. ‘Be bold and mighty forces will come to your aid.’

Anthony Hopkins celebrated 45 years of sobriety on Tuesday by posting a video on Twitter in which he offered a message of hope and encouragement to those struggling with addiction

The Welsh-born actor, who now lives in Malibu, shot the black and white video message while standing in front of book shelves at his home.

He started his message by acknowledging that ‘It’s been a tough year, full of grief and sadness for many, many, many people.’

Then Hopkins, who turns 83 on Thursday, shared: ’45 years ago today I had a wake-up call. I was heading for disaster. I was drinking myself to death. 

‘I got a message, a little thought, that said, ‘Do you want to live or die?’ I said I wanted to live. And suddenly the relief came and my life has been amazing.’

The Oscar-winning actor, who will turn 83 on Thursday, started his message by acknowledging that 'It¿s been a tough year, full of grief and sadness for many, many, many people'

The Oscar-winning actor, who will turn 83 on Thursday, started his message by acknowledging that ‘It’s been a tough year, full of grief and sadness for many, many, many people’

'45 years ago today I had a wake-up call. I was heading for disaster. I was drinking myself to death,' Hopkins shared. 'I got a message, a little thought, that said, ¿Do you want to live or die?¿ I said I wanted to live. And suddenly the relief came and my life has been amazing'

’45 years ago today I had a wake-up call. I was heading for disaster. I was drinking myself to death,’ Hopkins shared. ‘I got a message, a little thought, that said, ‘Do you want to live or die?’ I said I wanted to live. And suddenly the relief came and my life has been amazing’

He added: 'Today is the tomorrow you were so worried about yesterday. You young people, just keep in there. Don't give up, just keep fighting. Be bold and mighty forces will come to your aid'

He added: ‘Today is the tomorrow you were so worried about yesterday. You young people, just keep in there. Don’t give up, just keep fighting. Be bold and mighty forces will come to your aid’

The Oscar winner acknowledged he still has ‘off days’ and ‘doubt’ but stressed the need to remain strong. 

‘Today is the tomorrow you were so worried about yesterday,’ he said. ‘You young people, just keep in there. Don’t give up, just keep fighting.’

Hopkins started out in British theatre in 1960 and got his big break internationally in the 1968 historical drama The Lion In Winter opposite Peter O’Toole and Katharine Hepburn. 

Hopkins was a bit of a hellraiser as a young man and has admitted to being ‘drunk’ and ‘hungover’ a lot of the time early in his career.

However, in 1975, at the age of 38, he committed to sobriety and has stayed the course.

Hopkins (pictured in 1970) started out in British theatre in 1960 and got his big break in the 1968 historical drama The Lion In Winter opposite Peter O'Toole and Katharine Hepburn

Hopkins (pictured in 1970) started out in British theatre in 1960 and got his big break in the 1968 historical drama The Lion In Winter opposite Peter O’Toole and Katharine Hepburn

He has admitted to being 'drunk' and 'hungover' a lot of the time early in his career. However, in 1975, at the age of 38, (pictured), he committed to sobriety and has stayed the course

He has admitted to being ‘drunk’ and ‘hungover’ a lot of the time early in his career. However, in 1975, at the age of 38, (pictured), he committed to sobriety and has stayed the course

The Welsh-born star has been nominated five times for an Academy Award, and won the Best Actor Oscar in 1992 for his performance as Hannibal Lecter in The Silence Of The Lambs (pictured)

The Welsh-born star has been nominated five times for an Academy Award, and won the Best Actor Oscar in 1992 for his performance as Hannibal Lecter in The Silence Of The Lambs (pictured)

In 1992, he won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance as Hannibal Lecter in 1991’s The Silence of The Lambs.

He’s been nominated four times for Oscars since then – for Remains Of the Day, released in 1993; for Nixon, released in 1995; for Amistad, released in 1997; and for 2019’s The Two Popes. 

His other credits include Legends Of The Fall, The Mask of Zorro, Shadowlands, Hitchcock, the Thor movies and HBO’s Westworld.   

Hopkins, pictured in 2019, lives in Malibu, California with his third wife Stella Arroyave, His other credits include Legends Of The Fall, The Mask of Zorro, Shadowlands, Hitchcock, the Thor movies and HBO's Westworld

Hopkins, pictured in 2019, lives in Malibu, California with his third wife Stella Arroyave, His other credits include Legends Of The Fall, The Mask of Zorro, Shadowlands, Hitchcock, the Thor movies and HBO’s Westworld




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