Piers Morgan, 56, has detailed his regrets after interviewing Sir Anthony Hopkins, 83, on his CNN show in 2011. The former Good Morning Britain host reflected on his chat with the award-winning actor after he won the Best Actor gong at the Oscars 2021 for his performance as a man suffering with dementia in The Father.
Piers, who recently branded this year’s star-studded ceremony “woke-ravaged” and “dull” in a furious rant, said he regrets losing contact with Sir Anthony after they exchanged numbers following their interview.
The presenter explained Sir Anthony told him he had a habit of constantly changing his phone number due to feeling “paranoid”.
Recalling their conversation at the time, Piers wrote in his latest column that Anthony said: “I don’t have any friends who are actors.
“I like actors, but I don’t want to be friends with them.”
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Piers added: “In fact, he said he had only one famous friend, randomly naming the former American Idol judge Randy Jackson.
“‘Well, we had one dinner together,’ he chuckled, ‘but I think he got sick of trying to contact me because I kept changing my phone number. I’m very paranoid. People say, ‘Are you on the run from someone?’”
Piers then said he asked Sir Anthony if he could become his second famous friend, which he enthusiastically agreed to.
However, the pair’s budding friendship was not to be, as when Piers eventually got around to contacting Anthony, he’d changed his number again.
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Piers Morgan reflected on his chat with the award-winning actor
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He continued: “After we finished, he scribbled down his phone number and handed it to me, saying: ‘Come over any time.’
“But when I tried calling it a few months later, he’d already changed it again.”
Reaching out to the acclaimed actor, Piers admitted: “I just wish I’d moved faster to be his friend.
“Congratulations, Tony – can I have your new number?”
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Despite the awkward situation, Piers praised Sir Anthony for being “one of the few high points of an otherwise disastrous Oscars show”.
He penned in The Mail On Sunday’s Event column: “The 83-year-old genius was fast asleep in Wales when he became the oldest person to ever scoop an acting Academy Award, thus immunising himself from the woke-ravaged ratings-wrecking snoozefest in Hollywood.
“This was entirely in keeping with a man who once told me awards shows made him ‘very uncomfortable’, explaining: ‘I’m not into all that luvvie stuff. It gives me a rash.’”
It comes after Piers blasted viewers for questioning why Sir Anthony won the gong for Best Actor, rather than the late Chadwick Boseman, who was tipped to win the awards posthumously.
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The journalist complained: “Predictably, it sparked an instant Twitter furore from never-satisfied whiny woke warriors who were outraged that one tiny part of the show hadn’t bowed to their agenda.
“William Yu, a Korean-American scriptwriter, summed up this mindset by tweeting: ‘The way the Oscars had so much diversity progress only to then end on an old white man winning the last award and his not being there to accept it oop.’
“That ‘old white man’ is one of the greatest actors of his generation who won strictly on merit.”
Elsewhere, Piers recently revealed the paperback version of his book Wake Up was The Sunday Times’ best seller earlier this month.
He said while discussing the success of his book: “It says to me the British public do care about free speech, they do care about the right to have an opinion.”
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