Academy award-winning actor Anthony Hopkins said he avoids sharing his politics publicly because he believes “Actors are pretty stupid,” and it’s “not worth anything.”
“People ask me questions about present situations in life,” Hopkins said in an interview with fellow actor Brad Pitt for Interview Magazine, released on Sunday, Dec. 8. “I don’t have any opinions. Actors are pretty stupid. My opinion is not worth anything. There’s no controversy for me, so don’t engage me in it, because I’m not going to participate.”
Unlike many Hollywood stars, Hopkins always distanced himself from making political statements and offering his opinion about President Donald Trump.
“People ask me questions about present situations in life, and I say, ‘I don’t know, I’m just an actor. I don’t have any opinions.'” https://t.co/gUPVcTlx39
— Interview Magazine (@InterviewMag) December 8, 2019
Still, there are some who also say celebrities should stay out of politics.
In 2016, following the election of President Donald Trump, actress Nicole Kidman said that the country should support him as opposed to hating him.
“[Trump is] now elected and we, as a country, need to support whoever is the president,” she told U.K. television host Victoria Derbyshire at the time. “That is what the country is based on. And however that happened, it happened, and let’s go.”
The actor revealed recently she is often teased by friends for her faith and taking her children to church.
In 2017, actor Mark Wahlberg also said celebrities should stay out of politics.
“Look, I’ve never gone out and talked about politics. I’m an actor,” Wahlberg later told Yahoo Finance. “Both Republicans and Democrats buy movie tickets. I had a strong opinion and I didn’t choose to voice it out in the public, but now that somebody is in office, let’s all just come together and rally around him and make sure he has the best chance to succeed.”
Wahlberg even went as far to say he would “share a burger” with President Trump if given the opportunity.
“I’ve shared a golf course with him, so I’d certainly share a burger with him,” he said.
“For better or for worse, this is our country,” he continued. “At least for the next 3 ½ years, he’s going to be making a lot of decisions. So let’s go out there and try to make positive change.”
Back to Hopkins, the 81-year-old Oscar-winning star of “The Silence of the Lambs” added that he found himself too old for all the fun and chaos out there.
“I’m not great at going to see the green screen films,” Hopkins said. “I’ve been in a few of them and they’re fun, but they don’t grab me. I’m a bit too old for that.”
Hopkins and Pitt, during the conversation, also talked about their struggles with alcohol, giving it up and the mistakes they made before they became sober.
“I think we’re living in a time where we’re extremely judgmental and quick to treat people as disposable. We’ve always placed great importance on the mistake. But the next move, what you do after the mistake, is what really defines a person.”
“We’ve all screwed up,” Hopkins added. The actor plays Pope Benedict XVI in the upcoming Netflix film “The Two Popes” releasing on Dec. 20.