Esteemed actor Sir Anthony Hopkins is expanding his reach into the Metaverse by teaming up with Orange Comet to create and launch his maiden NFT series, the Eternal Collection NFT.
Sir Anthony Hopkins, film, television, and theater icon, is bolstering his journey through the Metaverse, this time via a collaboration with Orange Comet, a Web 3 creative studio startup. They will work together in creating and launching Hopkins’ first NFT series, the Eternal Collection NFT. Hopkins shared the news through his official Twitter account on August 17.
The award-winning actor, who has been a recipient of the BAFTA, Golden Globe, and Oscar awards, said during a press junket that the upcoming NFT collection would showcase his work as an artist. The Eternal Collection NFT project would “conceptualize” ten different character archetypes that the actor has played throughout his career—Hannibal Lecter from “The Silence of the Lambs” and Odin from Marvel’s “Thor” movies, to name a few—albeit in digital form.
Phases of the Eternal Collection NFT
The designs of the digital renditions would incorporate themes and styles from Hopkins’ body of artwork. The Eternal Collection NFT project’s tentative date of release is September 16 on OpenSea. Hopkins and his wife, Stella Arroyave, will donate part of the proceeds from the collection’s sales to a charity of their choosing.
“NFTs are a blank canvas to create art in a new format,” Hopkins told reporters during the online press junket. “At first, I was nervous [about creating them], but you’ve got to get on with it.”
“Try everything,” Hopkins continued. “At any age. Don’t be limited by age. You can do it. There is nothing to win, nothing to lose. Just do it.”
According to the 84-year-old Hopkins, the Metaverse “offers an incredible opportunity to connect with an audience in an entirely different way… I’m probably the oldest guy in the NFT community and on social media, which proves all is possible at any age.”
“When Margam Fine Art approached us with the artistic vision to bring Sir Anthony Hopkins’ artwork to the Metaverse, we knew this was a unique opportunity for the world of NFTs,” said Orange Comet CEO Dave Broome in a press release. “This relationship is a superb symbiosis of technology and art from one of the finest actors and artists of our day.”
The Eternal Collection NFTs will be released in three phases or categories—Iconic, Legendary, and Distinguished. These three tiers will come with varying utilities, as discussed below.
The Iconic Category will feature one animated NFT that will be auctioned to the highest bidder. The category incorporates all ten archetypes—The Giver, The Hero, The Jester, The Ruler, The Lover, The Explorer, The Creator, The Sage, The Rebel, and The Magician. Whoever bids the highest and wins will receive framed NFT art signed by Hopkins, an “intimate lunch/brunch” with the actor, and a signed copy of “Dreamscapes,” an art book featuring full-color images of Hopkins’ paintings and drawings.
The Legendary Category will include ten unique one-of-one animated NFTs. Each of these will feature a different character archetype. Buyers from this category will have the opportunity of a personal discussion with Hopkins via Discord. They will also get framed NFT art prints and a “Dreamscapes” art book, all signed by Hopkins.
Lastly, the Distinguished Category will feature 1,000 one-of-one images based on the previously mentioned archetypes. There will be 100 variants for each. An autographed printed NFT archetype will be included. Additionally, 39 random buyers will receive a signed “Dreamscapes” art book, and five will be selected randomly for a Discord tête-à-tête with the actor.
When asked which archetype in the Eternal Collection NFT project he feels most connected to, Hopkins singled out The Rebel. “I’ve been a rebel my entire life,” Hopkins explained. “I’ve always been an outsider. I feel some other author wrote the story of my life.”
Hopkins’ choice is quite fitting, considering the Orange Comet team’s inspiration for this one is Hopkins’ most recognizable character, Hannibal Lecter, from “The Silence of the Lambs.”
The Eternal Collection NFT project is not Hopkins’ maiden foray into the NFT space. In June, Hopkins purchased an Ethereum Name Service (ENS)—AHopkins.eth—that he uses as his Twitter handle. He also tweeted back then that he was shopping for his first NFT and was seeking advice from known NFT enthusiasts Snoop Dogg, Jimmy Fallon, and Reese Witherspoon.
Orange Comet’s Chief Creative Officer, Danter Ferrarini, and the actor himself were hands-on in overseeing the Eternal Collection NFT designs. They used reference photos of Hopkins to create the NFTs, while the animations and images are CGI-generated.
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