Sir Anthony Hopkins is a famous actor who’s won an Academy Award, two Emmys, three BAFTAs and received more than 100 award nominations during an illustrious career.
As a second act, he quietly mastered the art of Instagramming.
Hopkins’ old-school energy just works on the ‘gram. Hopkins doesn’t approach Instagram as a promotional tool. Instead, he treats it like a platform for silliness and fun. Hopkins is a rich old actor who’s clearly enjoying his life. He needs Instagram like a cat needs a piano, which is to say he really doesn’t. He’ll never direct anyone to a link in his bio. He just likes putting fun little videos on the internet.
Social media, particularly Instagram, is full of people playing up minute aspects of their daily lives to seem glamorous. But Anthony Hopkins is doing the opposite. He has no one to impress or win over. He’s pulling back the curtain on what appears to be a joyful and fulfilled life. His followers are getting an inside look at the man behind Hannibal Lecter.
This video wouldn’t work if anyone else made it. But because it’s Anthony Hopkins, it’s equal parts hilarious, fun and terrifying. Every single post is coming from a place of joy, and not the manufactured kind we’re used to seeing or hearing about.
Instagram is a vacuous time dump that’s probably stealing as much of your data as its parent company Facebook. But it also offers welcome respite from the banality of everyday life. And in 2018, no one distracted us from banality better than Sir Anthony Hopkins.