On Thursday, March 29, students at Thomas Aquinas College were treated to an hour-long question-and-answer session with a visitor who is widely considered among the world’s greatest living actors, Sir Anthony Hopkins.
“I feel very privileged to be in such a place,” he told the students. “I’ve never seen such a beautiful place in my life. It’s most amazing. It’s like Shangri-La!”
Sir Anthony’s visit came about quite providentially, beginning with a spontaneous visit to campus two days earlier. Like many a passerby , he was intrigued by the beauty of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Chapel, whose dome and bell tower stand out above the treetops along California Highway 150. “I was driving past and I saw the Chapel tower, and so I called in here,” he explained. Upon visiting the campus he met various College officials, who invited him to return and give a talk. Graciously, Sir Anthony accepted their offer.
Students and members of the College faculty and staff filled St. Joseph Commons on a Thursday afternoon to hear the Oscar-winning actor speak. The conversation spanned topics ranging from the roles Sir Anthony has played on stage and screen, acting methods, great actors with whom he has worked, and an actor’s need for humility. Having just staged Macbeth  the previous week, the students were eager to discuss Shakespeare with Sir Anthony. They particularly delighted in his extemporaneous rendition of Hamlet’s “To be or not to be” monologue, as well as an extended quotation from Macbeth with the lead actor from the College’s production.
“Sir Anthony is the consummate actor of our time,” said Thomas Aquinas College President Michael F. McLean after the presentation. “It was a delightful afternoon, and a great pleasure and honor to have him with us.”
Posted: April 3, 2012