When Great Actors Go Slumming in Silly Blockbusters

As was reported by Variety this morning, Anothony Hopkins has agreed to appear in the Transformers: The Last Knight, the fifth film in that franchise, and a proposed kickoff to a dreaded, multi-film Transformers cinematic universe. The phrase “cinematic universe” may already be making you wince, but it most assuredly will when you realize that we’ll be getting one associated with the critically panned yet bafflingly popular Transformers feature films. Why has Hopkins agreed to appear in this film? Scuttlebutt among the crew is that he lost a bet. 

Although, we should perhaps remember that Hopkins has a grand tradition in appearing in silly blockbusters, likely for the paycheck, but just as likely for the challenge. After Thor, RED 2, The Wolfman, Beowulf, and Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas, we can intuit that Hopkins will step into any role that suits him. Hopkins, you see, is a professional. And like many professionals, will refuse to pooh-pooh a role just because its surrounded by special effects. Each role should be about acting first. 

Indeed, many acclaimed, talented, and otherwise classy actors and actresses have agreed to appear in silly blockbusters from time to time. We can posit that it’s because they have debts, covet a yacht, or simply want to “make one for my kids,” but more than anything perhaps we should accept that they are doing it because, well, they are actors. And a role is a role. 

Slideshow: When Great Actors Go Slumming in Silly Blockbusters

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Witney Seibold is a contributor to the CraveOnline Film Channel, and the co-host of The B-Movies Podcast and Canceled Too Soon. He also contributes to Legion of Leia and to Blumhouse. You can follow him on “The Twitter” at @WitneySeibold, where he is slowly losing his mind.