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Sir Anthony Hopkins has this week revealed something he's kept hidden his whole life...

It turns out that he has battled a lot of demons over the years.

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The legendary actor has finally opened up about his struggles...

Hopkins had some strong words about his past "mistakes."

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And explained why he felt like he "needed to hide it, years ago."

Now, this may not come as a shock to most of us, because Hopkins has lived one hell of a life.

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After serving in the British Army for 2 years, the Welsh-born Hopkins began his theater training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in 1959. And today, he stands as one of the most legendary actors of our time.

After training and working for several years...

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Hopkins made his small screen debut in 1967 with a BBC production of A Flea in Her Ear.

From there, it was onwards and upwards.

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Throughout the 1970s, the casting calls continued to flood in, and Hopkins continued to work in both films and on stage, garnering critical attention for this double duty.

However, his career didn't truly heat up until 1976.

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That year, Hopkins won an Emmy for his role as Bruno Richard Hauptmann in The Lindbergh Kidnapping Case. And, throughout the 1980s, Hopkins continued to impress the critics with his work in film and TV, winning multiple Emmy Awards and a BAFTA Award.

But, of course, there's one role that stands out amongst the rest.

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In 1991, Hopkins portrayed the role of Hannibal Lector in Silence of The Lambs, both wowing and terrifying critics and audiences alike.

It was Hopkins as we'd never seen him before.

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His seventeen-minute performance as the cannibalistic psychopath was simply sublime, and the role not only gained him an Oscar, but it cemented him as one of the most memorable on-screen villains of all time.

Since this momentous role, Hopkins went on to star in a number of blockbusters...

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Such as The Remains of the Day, Nixon, and Amistad. 

And, in 1993, Hopkins was officially knighted by the British Empire...

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He was presented with the prestigious title by Queen Elizabeth II for "services to the arts" at Buckingham Palace.

But he didn't stop there.

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As Hopkins entered his twilight years, his career did quite the opposite of slow down - throughout the last 2 decades, the icon has appeared in a variety of successful blockbusters.

Today, Hopkins is eighty-two-years-old...

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And he has recently opened up about how he was "heading for disaster" before choosing sobriety in 1975

The star has just celebrated forty-five years of sobriety, with a video message that has touched people's hearts...

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He went on to explain why he has a lot to be thankful for this year. After listening to the personal message, comments came pouring in...

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Hopkins posted the video to Instagram, offering support to many who have been affected this year.

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He said: "New Year's is coming. It's been a tough year, full of grief and sadness for many, many, many people. But 45 years ago today, I had a wakeup call." He admitted: "I was heading for disaster. I was drinking myself to death."

Although he admitted he's "not preachy," he opened up about his reason for quitting...

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"I got a message," he said. "A little thought that said, ‘Do you want to live or die?' I said, ‘I want to live.' And suddenly the relief came and my life has been amazing."

Hopkins confessed he has "bits of doubt," but, "all in all, I say hang in there. Today is the tomorrow you were so worried about yesterday."

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He then gave his advice to those struggling: "Be bold and mighty forces will come to your aid. That's sustained me through my life... This is going to be the best year."

Since getting sober, he has appeared in acclaimed films like The Two Popes, Hannibal, Hitchcock...

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And even Thor: Ragnarok, as well as the well-known television series Westworld.

After he posted the video on Tuesday, Alec Baldwin commented, congratulating him on his success.

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Writing, "Happy anniversary and all my love to you Tony."

His fans were amazed also by his inspiring message...

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And thanked him for spreading awareness and positivity.

Watch his optimistic Instagram post below...

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