In June, Anthony Hopkins turned to Twitter for help navigating one of the internet age’s deeper mysteries: non-fungible tokens. “I’m astonished by all the great NFT artists. Jumping in to acquire my first piece,” he wrotecalling on fellow Web3 enthusiasts Snoop Dogg, Jimmy Fallon, and Reese Witherspoon for recommendations.
The two-time Oscar winner has since become not just an NFT buyer but a seller as well. Today, Hopkins unveiled an NFT series in collaboration with the digital goods start-up Orange Comet. Dubbed the Eternal Collection, it features digital images of Hopkins as 10 different archetypes he’s portrayed during his five-decade film career. As the Hero, for example, he wears a black leather bodysuit with expansive wings. As the Rebel, he appears with a face mask resembling the one that he wore as Hannibal Lecter in 1991’s The Silence of the Lambs. Elsewhere, he appears as the Lover, the Jester, and the Creator.
Hopkins began painting with acrylics years ago, when he wasn’t busy with his formidable day job. His works were semiabstract portraits and landscapes influenced by Francis Picabia, Lucian Freud, and Francis Bacon, among others. He recently starred in Zero Contact, a film shot in the early days of the pandemic, which director Rick Dugdale first released as an NFT, and his interest was picked. “NFT is for me a blank canvas to create art in a new format,” the actor told reporters during a preview of the collection this week, adding that he’s always intrigued by new technologies. “It’s fun to be the old guy on the block—the oldest guy,” he said. “I’m interested in and fascinated by young people…. But inspiration is reciprocal, and so I’m hoping to also return some inspiration to people by saying that everything is possible. Give it a whirl, have a go. That’s what I did in my life.”