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Katherine Heslop

Anthony Hopkins seen as Sigmund Freud for the first time in new film with Downton star

Sir Anthony Hopkins has been pictured for the first time as Sigmund Freud while filming scenes in Ireland.

The two-time Oscars winner, 85, plays the founder of psychoanalysis opposite Downton Abbey star Matthew Goode, 45, who portrays The Chronicles of Narnia author C.S Lewis in the upcoming film Freud's Last Session.

The actors were pictured filming a scene which saw them walk into a church carrying gas masks in their hands, accompanied by about 30 extras on set.

Sir Anthony wore a grey coat, a brown trilby hat and Freud's trademark round-rimmed glasses. Goode donned a navy overcoat and maroon tie.

The Silence of the Lambs star tipped his hat when he noticed the photographer's camera.

Sir Anthony Hopkins and Matthew Goode as Sigmund Freud and C.S Lewis (Mark Doyle /

The movie, directed by Matthew Brown, is based on Mark St German's 2010 play of the same name and is set just before the Second World War.

The Austrian pioneer invites Lewis, a Christian, to discuss God and faith, with the film delving into Freud's relationship with his daughter Anna, and Lewis' with his best friend's mother.

Sir Anthony tips his hat to the photographer (Mark Doyle /
The Oscar winner plays founder of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud (Hulton Archive)

The film's cast also includes Liv Lisa Fries as Freud's daughter, The Crown star Jodi Balfour, Stephen Campbell Moore, Gosford Park actor Jeremy Northam and Rose Plays Julie star Orla Brady.

In 2021, Sir Anthony said he had no plans to retire, telling Saga magazine that he enjoys working, adding: "I enjoy getting out of the house and doing something different. I enjoy the novelty of it... I love the activity."

Downton Abbey star Matthew Goode pictured on set in Ireland (Mark Doyle /
Sir Anthony looked in good spirits while filming (Mark Doyle /

He went on: "My wife, Stella, worries about my health and once said, 'Do you want to keep going until you drop dead?' I replied, 'I guess so, unless my health gives out first'. And she said, 'Well, that's good if it's really what you want to do'. And it is. Acting is my passion."

The Father actor came close to retiring in the past, first in 1998, and in 2011, before his role as Odin in Marvel blockbuster Thor.

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