Sir Anthony Hopkins is 45 years sober, and the veteran actor is deciding to enshrine that momentous recovery milestone with an uplifting video message shared to fans.
Posting his happy recording to Instagram, Hopkins touched on how his battle with addiction affected him profoundly, and even more so the positives he has taken from it all as the years have gone on.
Speaking “with gratitude,” his signature tone and cheerful demeanor cement the message that he has found happiness in a clean and focused life.
“Hello everyone, good morning. Well, new year’s coming, it’s been a tough year,” he started off in the aptly-black and white recorded video. “A lot of grief and sadness for many, many, many people. But, 45 years ago today, I had a wake-up call.”
The famed star of “The Two Popes” continued his message with a somber reminder of the thoughts that were circulating in his head at the time, instilling him to make a conscious change for the better in life.
Hopkins recalled that he was “heading for disaster drinking myself to death” during that period when “a little thought” actually popped up on his mind for the first time, making him question internally: “Do you want to live or die?”
“I said, ‘I want to live,'” the star answered his own question with. “Suddenly the relief came and my life has been amazing. I have my off days, sometimes little bits of doubt and all that, but, all in all, I say hang in there.”
‘Just Keep Fighting’
The veteran star went on to include a cheerful message that, “Today is the tomorrow you were so worried about yesterday. You young people, don’t give up, just keep in there, just keep fighting. Be bold and mighty forces will come to your aid. That’s sustained me through my life.”
Hopkins concluded his message with a statement that many others are equally hopeful for, expressing his firm belief that 2021 will “be the best year,” despite the difficulties faced all of 2020.
Keeping The Focus
Hopkins has enjoyed a long and illustrious career on the big screen, but when he put a firm stop to his drinking habits, the star began putting out some of his most memorable work, including Emmy wins in 1976 and 1981, as well as his 1991 “The Silence of the Lambs” Oscar-winning role.
Now, Hopkins enjoys a more quiet life with a less frequent acting schedule, but still is finding time to instill in fans the same wholesome values that helped him navigate one of the most difficult obstacles of his adult life.