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Despite being one of the most revered actors in the business, Sir Anthony Hopkins admits his insecurities have sometimes gotten the best of him. But now, at 71, the star of the upcoming film The Wolfman has a new look, and a new outlook to match.

Photograph by Jeff Katz.

Last summer, I received a surprising and unexpected phone call from Sir Anthony Hopkins. “Hello, Larry,” he said. “It’s Tony Hopkins. I wanted to call you to apologize about my abominable behavior. It’s been two years now, and it’s something that has been on my mind, and I’ve been meaning to call you, but I’ve been away. I was in England until recently on a long shoot, but that’s not an excuse. I got cold feet.”

Having dealt with celebrities my entire professional life, I didn’t know how to respond to this. It’s been my experience that celebrities never apologize; it’s just not part of their DNA. I’ve had my share of disagreements and fallings-out with people in the public eye, and I’ve always been the one who has initiated the healing process. Now here was Anthony Hopkins -- Sir Anthony Hopkins -- calling to say he was sorry for not calling me two years earlier when he decided to walk away from a project we were working on.

“I appreciate it, Tony,” I finally managed to say. “How are you?”