Oscar-winning actor Sir Anthony Hopkins is looking to buy his first NFT, and who better to ask for advice than Snoop Dogg, Reese Witherspoon, and Jimmy Fallon.
Sir Anthony Hopkins sent the Twitter world rocking in the early hours of Thursday when he tweeted, “I’m astonished by all the great NFT artists. Jumping in to acquire my first piece, any recommendations?” He made sure to mention three celebrities who are self-confessed NFT enthusiasts—Snoop Dogg, Jimmy Fallon, and Reese Witherspoon.
The three celebrities have invested in NFTs for the longest time, so Sir Anthony Hopkins certainly chose well when he sought out who to ask for some NFT shopping advice. To those who do not know yet, Mr. Hopkins is one of the early Web3 adopters, having released an NFT film entitled “Zero Contact” through Vuele last year.
Not Hopkins First Rodeo
Hopkins is actually one of the first major Hollywood stars to venture into the NFT film space. His 2021 thriller “Zero Contact” was the first feature film released via an NFT platform (Vuele). Still, his decision to dive deeper into the world of NFTs came as a surprise to many of his followers.
If you follow Hopkins on Twitter, you’ve probably noticed that he has changed his display name to AHopkins.eth, an Ethereum Name Service (ENS) name pointing to a cryptocurrency wallet. Proudly sharing his ENS with his almost one million Twitter followers is a testament to how invested he is in this venture.
Fallon, who himself is a proud owner of a Bored Ape Yacht Club NFT (BAYC), had a funny response to the “Silence of the Lambs” actor when he tweeted, “I love your pondering photo. There [are] a bunch of great artists out there, and it’s a fun community in general. But, as the great Aaron Neville once said, ‘I don’t know much – but I know I love you.’ And that may be all you need to know. DM me.”
As of this writing, there hasn’t been any response from Snoop Dogg or Witherspoon. Nevertheless, Sir Anthony Hopkins’ tweet has elicited thousands of other engagements. Reactions are mixed and funny, but most are from Twitter users who are also NFT enthusiasts who are over the moon after discovering another high-profile artist exploring the space.
Still, it seems even the iconic actor can’t please everyone. Some crypto critics are mocking or attacking the actor’s decision and interest in the NFT space.
Of course, these critics are free to voice their opinions, especially since, of late, the crypto and NFT worlds, and even some NFT enthusiasts, have been victimized by various malicious scams and schemes. Recently, another actor, comedian Seth Green, had four bluechip NFTs stolen from him through a phishing scam.
Even NFT projects are attacking one another. A case in point is the burning of a Mutant Ape Yacht Club (MAYC) NFT by the We’re All Going to Die (WAGDIE) NFT project. MAYC is kin to BAYC and is considered one of the more famous NFT projects ever.
Hence, you can’t blame some people for questioning Sir Anthony Hopkins’ choices. However, to each his own, as they say.
Can we call NFTs mainstream now?
An NFT serves as proof of ownership of an item. It usually represents digital products like video games, artwork, or collectibles (like BAYC and MAYC). The film and music industries have adopted NFT technology, drawing the attention of established artists and emerging creators. Even notable filmmakers like Kevin Smith and Quentin Tarantino have conquered the NFT space.
As mentioned earlier, one of Sir Anthony Hopkins’ latest projects was released via a platform, Vuele, that releases movies in NFT form. What’s great about Vuele is it bundles movies with additional content like behind-the-scenes and exclusive interactive opportunities like question and answer sessions.
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