|<^from Peter and Paul (1981)|
|When this mini series came on I was in college and very busy with my studies, so I had no time for television and missed it even though I'm pretty sure my parents were watching it. But I did have time to clip the relevant pictures from People magazine and the TV guide.|
|<>from A Married Man (1984)|
|I can still remember being in my parents' car as it pulled out of the driveway, listening unhappily to the ads about this one on the car radio since I knew that once again I was too busy with college to watch it. Got the TV guide pix, as usual. The one on the right was part of an ad artist's rendering of the cast. The one on the left was reversed.|
|<from The Bounty (1984)|
|I don't think I was even aware of this one when it first came out (got the pic much later). It became a favorite, though. Such talent -- not just Hopkins, but Mel Gibson, Daniel Day-Lewis, Liam Neeson ...|
|<^from Hollywood Wives (1985)|
|I don't know why I missed most of this one. I was out of college, not working yet, and had my own TV, but somehow I only caught the end of it, just in time to see the Hopkins character have a heart attack and die. Maybe I resisted watching it because I thought it would be too trashy? I did clip what the TV guide had to offer, naturally.
I remember thinking that he looked rather Burtonesque in the shot on the left.
|I must sound like a rather poor excuse for a fan at this point, always missing everything! But I did catch some older Hopkins movies on TV now and then, such as The Lion in Winter (1968), Young Winston (1972), A Doll's House (1973), The Girl from Petrovka (1974), Victory at Entebbe (1976) and Audrey Rose (1977). I think I may even have caught The Bunker (1981) when it originally aired, and I sometimes checked out those BBC Shakespeare plays so there's a chance I saw some of Hopkins' Othello (1981). I definitely managed to see Hunchback (1982) when it came on PBS. But, sadly, somehow I missed his other movie with Lesley-Anne Downe, Arch of Triumph (1985), though I remember seeing her on The Merv Griffin Show promoting it. She said that she had never really gotten to know Tony during the filming of Hunchback, because he was always in heavy makeup and talking funny. In reference to the promo clip shown from Arch of Triumph, Lesley-Anne said of her character, "She wants to go to bed with him." "Of course she does!" oozed Merv.|
|^from Mussolini and I (1985)|
|Not much of a picture here, but I did see this one when it came on TV one afternoon. At the time I thought it was the worst performance I'd ever seen Tony give. I even thought I caught him flicking his eyes at cue cards once. Oddly, when I saw it again years later it seemed just fine, aside from his being a bit old for the part, and I saw no sign of the eye thing. Perhaps it had been badly chopped up for that broadcast.|
|^from Blunt: The Fourth Man (1985)|
|I caught this one when it came on cable, but had trouble following it, probably because I was unfamiliar with the British scandal it dramatized. There was yet another Hopkins movie from this era, one which, surprise! -- I did watch the night it first aired (April 2, 1985). This was a "CBS Tuesday Night Movie" called Guilty Conscience, which I thought was very well done. Don't seem to have clipped any pictures for it, though.
And beginning in 1985 he starred in a production of my own, the serial dream saga that I alluded to on the first page of this website. I taught myself how to induce lucid dreams virtually at will so that I could dream about him and other celebrities I found attractive whenever I wanted. It didn't turn out to be as easy to get my way as I'd hoped, but I succeeded frequently enough to have quite a soap opera going in my sleep! I also continued to work during this time period on planning out my epic fantasy novel and its sequels, which involved lots of pleasant fantasy -- er, research. ;^)
If you're wondering what "lucid dreaming" is, it's just a term for realizing that you're dreaming while you're dreaming and having some control over your dreams. There's lots of info about it at my other website: