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Sir Anthony Hopkins Paints a Picture of His Low-Key Life

by Laura Schreffler

It was 1973—20 years before he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II—and Anthony Hopkins was having a grand old time, living it up at the Sunset Marquis with a bottle of tequila. His perception was heightened: he could see colors and shapes along with the stars that lit up the sultry L.A. skyline.

Although his poison of choice now is English Breakfast tea, since he went sober in 1975 (after an epiphany that alcohol could cost him his health, career and relationships), Hopkins believes that a lingering hangover from his drinking days continues to inspire his art. “I use a lot of colors—very bright, psychedelic colors,” he says of his signature acrylic abstracts, surrealist portraits and dreamy, lush landscapes inspired by his 2001 celebratory road trip across the American Midwest after becoming a U.S. citizen.

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