Sir Anthony Hopkins of the Appeal of Werewolf Movies
02.12.10 by Ryan
Despite the current onslaught of vampire and werewolf movies, The Wolfman, which opens this weekend, is a different breed than
the teenage-romance of The Twilight Saga movies — more of a throwback to the classic werewolf movies of the black-and-white era. Sir Anthony Hopkins told New York Magazine that there's something to lycanthropy that appeals to everyone .
I think women particularly — but both genders — are fascinated by the Beauty and the Beast mythology. It goes back to Ovid's Metamorphosis, it goes back to classic mythology. In another way, it's like Sleeping Beauty. The woman who's been put into a spell of enchantment by the wicked witch and she has to wait there for generations for the Prince Charming to come. And those mythologies are so powerful in our subconscious mind that I think that's why people respond to Beauty and the Beast. The Beast, in its darkness, is attractive. It's threatening, it's sexy. It's the dark stranger that's in all of us. The bogeyman. Once you make
friends with it, it's very attractive. It's the beast that needs to be saved and brought out. In psychological terms, if it's denied and repressed, then it comes out in other forms: massive warfare, psychotic dictatorships, or people like Nazi Germany. So it has to be acknowledged.
To Hopkins, the difference between the older, classic horror movies that The Wolfman pays homage to is the technology.
The Frankenstein movie, the Bela Lugosi movies, King Kong. You could see the model of King Kong under the Empire State Building — you could see the fingerprints from the [animators] turning each muscle. And you think, well, that's what they did. The ingenuity of people, even with limited technology, is pretty impressive. Today they have the advantage of computer chips. They had a great team of experts there, the CGI and all that, on Benicio Del Toro. They're
extraordinary, those transformations. I don't know how the hell they do it, it's a mystery to me. That's the wonderful collective genius that's behind movies today. Like Avatar — the sheer science — it's something I find so baffling but exhilarating, in a way. And that's the advantage they have over the old movies, now.
The Wolfman is currently in theaters.