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Hopkins not bothered by controversy

Sir Anthony Hopkins has confessed he doesn't care about the controversy surrounding his new film Noah, insisting "it's none of my business".

The 76-year-old Welsh actor plays Methuselah, Noah's grandfather, in Darren Aronofsky's big screen adaptation of the classic bible story, starring Russell Crowe.

The film has attracted mixed responses from religious audiences and has been banned in several predominantly Muslim countries.

Sir Anthony said: "I'm not wise, I don't know anything. I'm like Plato or Socrates - I know nothing. And I'm happier that way.

"I don't watch the news, I don't read stuff. They say there's controversy about the film - it's none of my business.

"People say 'What are you going to do next?' I say, I don't know, I'm going to have a cup of tea. I don't go on beyond today, I don't care. I'm indifferent to it.

"People say, 'Are you excited about this film?' I say 'Hmm, yeah,' just to show some kind of enthusiasm.

"But basically this is it, this is who I am. And I'm lucky to be here, I'm lucky they still employ me.

"And I've had a great life, I've had a wonderful life, but I can't take any of it seriously."

The actor revealed he really enjoyed filming his scenes for Noah, on location in a cave in Iceland.

He said: "What I really enjoyed about this was going to Iceland. That cave was a real cave, not far from the hotel in fact. About half an hour out of Reykjavik. Iceland is a beautiful place to visit and be - a grand scale epic island.

"The extraordinary ecological thing is you don't have to pay for energy because the water is always hot from the springs. It's a great volcanic island. Interesting place."

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