He wasn't joking. He called showbiz "this futile wasteful life", before dismissing practically every film he'd been in as "a complete waste of time". "After 35 years I look back and cringe with embarrassment and say to myself, `How the hell could you have done that?'" His disillusionment set in about five years ago, he said, since when he's "been in a deep depression over acting". Hopkins said that the conclusion early next year of his contribution to the big-screen version of Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus, will formally mark the end of his acting career. Fortunately, "tiresome" showbiz has left him with plenty of cash to indulge in his plans for the future: "I'm interested in music, I write and I'm just going to drop out."
EDWARD NORTON, by far the best thing about the recent Rounders, is set to direct his first film, says Variety. Keeping the Faith is a romantic comedy, with a budget of around $30m, in which Norton will also star alongside Ben Stiller. The former will play a Catholic priest and the latter a rabbi, both of whom fall in love with the same woman. That role, expected to be hotly contested, has yet to be cast.
VARIETY ALSO reports that Kenneth Branagh has cast Alicia Silverstone in his forthcoming film adaptation of Love's Labours Lost. Branagh himself will star and direct, and is expected to transform Shakespeare's comedy into a 1930s musical comedy.Reuse content