Hopkins Crowned Pudding Man of Year


Friday, February 16th 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6


CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Anthony Hopkins bit into a comedic role when he was crowned Harvard's Hasty Pudding Man of the Year.

To earn the coveted brass pudding pot, the actor had to read a line from the 1991 thriller ``The Silence of the Lambs'' — while mimicking actors Sean Connery, Marlon Brando and Jack Nicholson — don a wig and a bra, and defend one of his presenters from a man in a dragon suit.

After defeating the dragon, Hopkins pretended to use a plastic sword and pitchfork as a fork and knife.

Hopkins received the award Thursday from members of the Hasty Pudding Theatricals, an undergraduate dramatic organization, who roasted his career.

The 63-year-old actor won an Oscar for his portrayal of the psychotic killer Hannibal Lecter in ``The Silence of Lambs.'' He also stars in the film's sequel, ``Hannibal,'' now in theaters.

Hopkins' other films include: ``The Remains of the Day,'' ``Nixon,'' and ``Amistad,'' which earned him Oscar nominations. His other films include: ``Howard's End,'' ``Legends of the Fall,'' ``Surviving Picasso,'' and ``The Mask of Zorro.''

Actress Drew Barrymore was given the Woman of the Year award last week.

Last year's Hasty Pudding winners were Jamie Lee Curtis and Billy Crystal. Past recipients include Paul Newman, John Travolta, Robert DeNiro, Julia Roberts and Goldie Hawn.

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