Still Life of Anthony Hopkins

In Remains of the Day, he brings power to an opaque portrait of an English butler

Anthony Hopkins is Stevens the butler, the old bulldog of Darlington Hall. In the thrust of his Churchillian jaw one can read a declaration of honorable purpose; in his blue eyes one can hear the quiet bark, feel the dogged bite. Stevens lives to serve his master and to rule the servants. Upstairs his step is tentative and his eyes aim for the carpet. Downstairs, as Chairman of the Board, he has a sturdy stride and an imperious gaze. He knows his place all too well. He believes it his job to hear nothing while above, to surrender to no soft...

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