Sir Anthony's wife gave him courage to release music

Monday January 16, 2012

Sir Anthony Hopkins has credited his third wife with giving him the courage to make his debut album.

The Oscar-winning actor has been writing classical music for over 50 years, but until recently was too "cynical" to make anything of it, and didn't think he "was any good".

Sir Anthony, 74, said something changed when he married Colombian actress and producer Stella in 2003.

"She told me not to be so dismissive," he said.

"She's very supportive. Well, it's more than support, actually, it's an urge. Stella says 'You wanted to be an actor, so you tried hard and became one. Do the same with your music'."

The Silence Of The Lambs star's first album, Composer, is a collection of his classical works performed by the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

"I'd rather go and hide in the garden shed, but Stella said I had nothing to lose and not to be scared of rejection, so that was that."

Composer by Anthony Hopkins is out on January 16.

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