From Library Journal
The first life study of a hot older actor, written by a biographer to the stars (he's done Sean Connery, Julie Christie, and Richard Harris).
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Callan (who has written biographies of Sean Connery, Julie Christie, and Richard Harris) presents the star of Silence of the Lambs
as someone who was under the influence of alcohol for years. As a boy, Hopkins was alternately withdrawn and rebellious, characteristics he exhibited through much of his life. He had early stage successes, but for years fell short of the big American film success he so desired, the reason apparently being that, with booze, he was "committing suicide on the installment plan." At the age of 38, he heard the "voice of God," renounced his drinking, and joined Alcoholics Anonymous. His larger accomplishments on the big screen took a number of years, but he was sober when he achieved them. Sound familiar in this age of glamorized excess, recovery, and subsequent prosperity? Yes, but Callan's book is well done, never gossipy or snippy. Brian McCombie