It’s the little things in life that matter, but for some, they’d prefer cold hard cash as seen in tonight’s release of Kidnapping Mr. Heineken (March 6) starring Sir Anthony Hopkins. In 1983 a group of Dutch friends (Sam Worthington, Jim Sturgess, Ryan Kwanten) were tired of not having padded wallets and came up with a plan to kidnap the richest man in the Netherlands, Freddy Heineken (Hopkins). The plan doesn’t go as planned.
On the other hand, we don’t ask for much, we’d be happy with watching five of Hopkins’ films online. Oh, look what we have here:
1. Silence of the Lambs
Hopkins portrays Dr. Hannibal Lecter, a sophisticated English psychiatrist who has a flair for cooking. On paper he sounds like a catch, but there’s one slight problem … he uses human skin, among other body parts, as an ingredient in his gourmet meals. We meet the distinguished doctor while on an extended holiday at the Baltimore State Hospital for the Criminally Insane, where FBI trainee Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) seeks him out for his help in profiling a serial killer on the loose.
The British actor leads an ensemble cast including Rachel Weisz and Jude Law. The story revolves around a handful of characters, in different parts of the world, and how their lives are in some way connected. Hopkins portrays a traveler stranded at a Denver airport. While waiting around, he befriends a young woman making her way to Brazil. He relays a story about his estranged relationship with his own daughter and ends up taking the solo traveler under his wing.
Marvel Comics’ story of gods clashing with humans comes to life in the 2011 feature film. We all love us some Loki (Tom Hiddleston), but Odin (Hopkins) calls the shots in Asgard. Odin, the King of Asgard, banishes his son Thor (Chris Hemsworth) to Earth for obeying his orders. Thor’s brother Loki isn’t too upset about suddenly becoming an only child.
4. Legends of the Fall
Sure, Brad Pitt comes to mind when thinking of Legends of the Fall, but again, Hopkins takes on the patriarchal role in this Oscar-winning film (Best Cinematography). Set in the early 1900s in St. Paul, Minnesota, Colonel William Ludlow (Hopkins), a Cornish immigrant, watches his three boys (Pitt, Aidan Quinn, Henry Thomas) make their way to Britain to fight in WWI. Two of the three eventually return, but they are changed men.
5. The Elephant Man
This 1980 film tells the gutting true story of Joseph Merrick, a 19th century English man who suffered from facial deformities, also known as the Elephant Man. John Hurt took on the title role, which earned him Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations. In the film, we see Merrick through the humane eyes of surgeon Sir Frederick Treves (Hopkins). Treves tries to help the young man manage his incurable condition.
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