THE BIG READ | Actor Anthony Hopkins opens about his alcohol addiction and crippling self-doubt

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Even though Anthony Hopkins has won loads of awards he still struggles with self-confidence and feels like he’s a fraud. (Photo: BRUCE GILBERT/NEWSDAY/MAGAZINEFEATURES.CO.ZA)
Even though Anthony Hopkins has won loads of awards he still struggles with self-confidence and feels like he’s a fraud. (Photo: BRUCE GILBERT/NEWSDAY/MAGAZINEFEATURES.CO.ZA)

Even though he’s spent years living in America, he still gets homesick. When this happens Sir Anthony Hopkins likes to open up Google Maps and tour the streets of Margam, the steel town in south Wales where he was born on New Year’s Eve, 83 years ago.

“I’ll start at my grandfather’s house, go up Caernarfon Road, then I’ll travel all over Port Talbot. It’s just a game,” he says.

As a child he liked to hang on to the pole at the back of the buses that took him into Port Talbot, impatient for things to happen. And he’s still impatient, both with life – “Just get on with it. We’re all going to die” – and with himself.

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