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Anthony Hopkins was a duffer at school

2012-01-15 20:36

Los Angeles - Sir Anthony Hopkins was a "completely stupid" at school.

The Silence of the Lambs actor didn't mix with other kids when he was growing up because he was a "real duffer" but says his isolation made him creative.

He said: "I was a lonely kid because at school I was a real duffer. I was completely stupid, I didn't know what on earth was going on, so I withdrew into myself.

"I didn't have any friends at school and I never played with other kids. I sort of created my own world. It sounds a little bit like a fairy tale, but I had no other choice. I could draw and I could play the piano. And that has stayed with me all my life."

The 74-year-old star - who has recently turned his hand to painting and composing - also admits he has a short attention span, but doesn't see it bad thing because he feels it gives him more freedom.

He added: "I have got the attention span of a bumblebee. I'm a great starter, but I never finish anything.

"It's a kind of free and easy, haphazard way of existence, but that's the way it is; that's the way I was born.

"As a young actor I would have looked at it as a bit of a curse, but in fact it's given me tremendous freedom."

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