Oscar-winning actor Anthony Hopkins is not who you’d expect to hear singing the praises of cryptocurrency and NFTs, but that’s not the world we live in anymore. The Silence Of The Lambs star changed his Twitter handle to an Ethereum wallet address and called on other celebrities to recommend a first NFT he should buy.
Along with an oddly dramatic shot of Hopkins looking off-camera, the actor wrote that he is “astonished by all the great NFT artists,” and tagged Snoop Dogg, Jimmy Fallon and Reese Witherspoonrequesting their recommendations.\
All three of these celebs have gotten involved with NFTs to varying degrees, as the platform they provide can cause sales in these tokens to skyrocket if their endorsements are obtained. Snoop has been one of the most headstrong, pursuing several ventures including releasing a mixtape as an NFT, and even using his Bored Ape NFT avatar as the anchor for a new LA-based restaurant.
Fallon was the only one to respond publicly to Hopkins’ plea, joking that he liked his “pondering photo,” and also saying NFT artists and buyers are “a fun community in general.”
And even if this is the actor’s first attempt to purchase an NFT, he does have some slight experience in the field with one of his latest film projects. The film Zero Contact was shot entirely over Zoom during the height of the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic and was released as an NFT on the platform Vuele.
Despite Hopkins’ enthusiasm, the NFT and crypto worlds have not been exactly hunky-dory as of late. Popular NFT token collections like Bored Ape Yacht club have suffered several high-profile hacks and robberies of people’s purchased tokens. The general value of currencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum is also in sharp decline from the highs of late 2021.