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07/03/06
Stale Coffee Theatre is Like Prison, Says Hopkins.  Image:  WorldStale Coffee Theatre is Like Prison, Says Hopkins
- Veteran Silence of the Lambs actor hits out at London’s luvvies and darlings and its river

SIR ANTHONY HOPKINS has put the boot into London’s “stale coffee” theatre-culture.

“I can’t settle into that grey, sombre atmosphere of the Waterloo Road on a wet Wednesday afternoon,” said veteran actor Hopkins, a US citizen for six years.

“There's something so depressing looming across the muddy Thames from that concrete breeze block, with the smell of stale coffee, and thinking, 'Oh, God, I have to do another matinee', and the luvvies and the darlings. Theatre work is too much like being in prison, standing on stage in tights.”

It’s not immediately apparent which prisons in particular dress their charges in tights, but the broad thrust of Hopkins’s comments is clear enough

Luvvies and darlings need not feel picked-on, however, as Hopkins is also not best pleased with cinema either, calling film directors “condescending“ and “tyrannical” movie-people in general “self-important.” Acting, said the star of recent movie Proof, “is just job, like any other, so don't make a big deal.”



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