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'We Don't Know What's Coming': Anthony Hopkins Plays 'The Father' With Dementia

At 83, Hopkins says he knew exactly how the play his role in the film The Father. "I just had a sense of it," he says. The film was directed by Florian Zeller, whose grandmother had dementia.
Anthony Hopkins says he remembers standing at his father's bedside when he died: "And I remember thinking to myself: Yeah, you're not so hot either, because one day it'll happen to you. This is life." Hopkins stars as Anthony, a man experiencing dementia, in The Father. Source: Sean Gleason

Writer and director Florian Zeller was very close to his grandmother. "She was like my mother in a way," he says. "She was very important in my life."

But when Zeller was 15, his grandmother started to experience dementia. It was "a painful process ... to suddenly be impotent," he says. "You know, you can love someone and you discover that love is not enough."

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