Anthony Hopkins plays a college professor in the midst of a midlife crisis who takes out his frustrations by sleeping with a coed half his age (Bo Derek). After his angry wife (Shirley MacLaine) retaliates by bedding a handsome young carpenter (Michael Brandon), the unconventional foursome takes a comically awkward vacation together in the country.
Born on December 31, 1937, as the only son of a baker, Welsh actor Anthony Hopkins was drawn to the theater while attending the YMCA at age 17, and later learned the basics of his craft at London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. In 1960, Hopkins made his stage bow in The Quare Fellow, and then spent four years in regional repertory before his first London success in Julius Caesar. Combining the best elements of the British theater’s classic heritage and its burgeoning “angry young man” school, Hopkins worked well in both ancient and modern pieces. His film debut was not, as has often been cited, his appearance as Richard the Lionhearted in The Lion in Winter (1968), but in an odd, “pop-art” film, The White Bus (1967).
Though already familiar to some sharp-eyed American viewers after his film performance as Lloyd George in Young Winston (1971), Hopkins burst full-flower onto the American scene in 1974 as an ex-Nazi doctor in QB VII, the first television miniseries. Also in 1974… read more