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“I was playing my father”, Anthony Hopkins reveals intimate details while discussing his forthcoming film The Father, releasing 23rd April

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A sombre tale of love and loss, The Father is a film that pierces through our hearts with unabashed honesty – Jyothi Venkatesh

Helmed by debutant director Florian Zeller, Hopkins recalls how it felt working with the acclaimed playwright, “It was the most extraordinary experience till the day; it was like being in a painless operation.”

Sir Anthony could also identify with the film’s themes due to his own bittersweet past, as he shares, “What I was playing was my own father in a way, my father to the end of his life.

He didn’t suffer from dementia, except he started to lose it a little in the last weeks, but it was a slow deterioration from a heart attack.”

On embodying a troubled character with a diminishing mind, he comments, “It’s quite an education; it’s made me very aware as I am getting older.

I am aware of the time of my mortality and life’s very rich opportunities, of glimmers, of sunshine on pieces of furniture, and look; this is the very strange mystery of being alive.

”With a cast that also features Olivia Colman, Mark Gatiss, Imogen Poots, Rufus Sewell, and Olivia Williams, The Father is a poignant piece of art that just cannot be missed!

PVR Pictures to release The Father in Indian Theatres on the 23rd of April, 2021.

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