After being mentored by the late great Sir Laurence Olivier, Sir Anthony Hopkins chose to walk away from stage work decades ago — but he finally returns (sort of) in Starz’s “The Dresser” which premiered lsat night, Monday, May 30. The TV movie is an adaptation of Ronald Harwood’s 1980 play set in World War II-era London about an aging actor, Sir (Hopkins), who’s struggling to prepare for his upcoming performance of King Lear. His ever-loyal dresser, Norman, played by Ian McKellen, pushes and prods him, along with a supporting cast of A-list British thesps (Emily Watson, Sarah Lancashire).
But, it’s his leading role as the mad doctor on HBO’s upcoming series “Westworld” that has our readers chomping at the bit. Of that role, Hopkins is excited as well.
“I’ve enjoyed it. Do you remember “Jurassic Park,” the Richard Attenborough guy? I play that kind of man. He runs Westworld. What’s interesting about doing TV this way is I never know where the story is going. I play Dr. Ford who’s built Westworld and all these robots. He has total control over everything. But I’m not sure which way it’s going. I’m just a man obsessed. I don’t play evil parts,” the man who famously plays Dr. Hannibal Lecter says coyly.
“Westworld” debuts in the Autumn of this year on HBO.
In the meantime, “The Dresser” premiered Monday, May 30 at 9 p.m. on Starz.
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