Sir Anthony Hopkins has enjoyed a film career spanning six decades.
For most people, however, Sir Anthony Hopkins is a twisted, creepy cannibal, plagued by a nasty stutter. For that role, in The Silence of the Lambs, Hopkins won an Oscar for Best Actor.
The man I met, now 78 years old, did not at any time display an appetite for human flesh.
Sir Anthony Hopkins is probably not a cannibal. He clearly does not have a stutter. And his main place of residence is assuredly not a high-security prison.
Yet, as I found out to my horror, whilst the Welsh veteran is not incarcerated in a physical sense, on an emotional level-- and in a civic sense-- he is imprisoned.
Freedom of speech is a right which most of us in the Western world take for granted. It is such a staple of any proper democracy that it is hard to imagine life without it.
For Sir Anthony Hopkins, the nightmare is a reality.
Away from the tyranny of the Press Officer, who checks his every word, Sir Anthony proudly admitted, “I get back to Wales once a year. It is wonderful to be back.”
For a rare moment, Hopkins was alive. Free again. We had to make the most of this opportunity.
“Do you have any thoughts on Brexit?” I asked.
BOOM. My path was blocked. Sir Anthony was gone, steered away by his entourage. His destiny? No-one can say.
Certainly not Sir Anthony himself. He can’t say anything.
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