|This electronic scrapbook consists mostly of photo clippings I've made over the years from newspapers, magazines, catalogs and TV guides. The text will be a personal journey through the history of my fandom, so bear with me.|
|^from The Lindbergh Kidnapping Case (1976)|
|^from International Velvet (1978)|
|I'm willing to bet that Tony was cast in this on the basis of his performance in an earlier courtroom drama, QB VII (1974). This is the sort of thing my parents liked to watch, so I wonder if I saw any of it when it first aired rather than just when it had a cable run years later (whence this picture). The first film of his that I remember seeing was Juggernaut (1974), whenever it came onto TV, but I didn't have any particular associations to him that early on.|
|I now own an actual photograph of this shot, but I thought I'd include this version for its nostalgia value. It was the first Hopkins picture I ever clipped, because I thought he had the right look for a character in a novel I was working on at the time, and it came from the local TV guide. And yep, they cropped it that badly.|
|<^from Magic (1978)|
|Hopkins' appearance on The Merv Griffin Show while promoting Magic is what first really caught my attention about this guy. He seemed a bit reserved, but the promo clip they showed was amazing. It was the scene where Fats the dummy dominates Corky then tells him to get a knife (resulting in an exclamation from Merv, who I noted referred to his guest as "Tony Hopkins"). And I was totally creeped out by the TV commercial for it, which had a freaky poem from Fats as a voiceover, the words to which I never forgot. Astute fans will notice that the picture on the left, which came from the local cable guide a few years later, was reversed.
Magic was significant insofar as when I watched it for the second time shortly before finishing college, it inspired me to create a neurotic Hopkins lookalike character for what eventually became yet another novel, Twilight's Kingdom, a fantasy in the tradition of Tolkien and T.H. White. For good measure I based a second character on him as well. At the time the real actor was too old for the one part and too young for the other, but now he's just right for the second ... :^)
|^from Kean (1978)|
|Oh, you gotta love this. Tony with curly hair?! I can't recall seeing any pictures from this show on other websites. This one came from the local TV guide again.
The Masterpiece Theater presentation of the comedic play Kean aired in the US on PBS in the fall of 1979. It seems I saw Part 1 the night it first came on, but had to wait for a repeat of Part 2. I wrote comments on it for the first days of the journal that I was required to keep for 12th-grade English class, which as you can see I've dredged from the attic.
|9/10: Last night I had the privilege of viewing the first part of a public television production entitled Kean. This play was acted with skill, the title role of the lecherous actor Edmund Kean played to perfection by Anthony Hopkins. I am looking forward to viewing the second part of the play which, by all appearances, should equal its predecessor in depth of character and warm, human insights.
9/12: People magazine recently reviewed the play Kean. I totally disagreed with the critic's opinions. He seemed to think Anthony Hopkins was ineffectual in the part of the actor. One comment, though, was notable -- PBS cut several scenes from the original BBC production. This is an inexcusable loss.
9/23: Well, I finally saw the final part of Kean. It did not impress me as much as the first, but I still enjoyed it. Hopkins still strikes me as a good actor thrust into a difficult role.
-- from my 12th-grade English journal
|Hmm, looks like I cut someone out here. ;^)
This went with the (bad) People magazine review of A Change of Seasons. When it eventually came on TV, whoever rated it wrote, "Starts out with Anthony Hopkins and Bo Derek in a hot tub, then goes tepid."
|^from The Elephant Man (1980)|
|One of my favorites, probably because I empathized with John Merrick. Having been persecuted for being "ugly" myself, there was a certain appeal to a story about how ugly people can be beautiful on the inside whereas so-called normal people can be callous monsters. And we both tried so hard to be good ...|
|>from A Change of Seasons (1980)|