Paul Mescal Is Obsessed With Anthony Hopkins (and We Can't Blame Him)

    The Normal People actor discusses staring in God's Creatures, how he grew up watching action films, and a deep love of Anthony Hopkins.

    If you have been on the internet at all since 2020, you must recognize Normal People's Paul Mescal.

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    Now he's back this fall on your screens in God's Creatures, a a haunting Irish drama about a mother and son wreaking havoc on a small coastal town.

    Paul Mescal hugs Emily Watson from behind

    And God's Creatures isn't Mescal's only film hitting theaters this fall as his father/daughter drama, Aftersun, premieres October 21 in the US.

    Frankie Corio and Paul Mescal lay on a couch

    On the eve of God's Creature's release, I chatted with Paul about all of his favorite movies.

    Paul Mescal walks into a bar

    Here's my conversation with Paul about all things movies:

    1. Matthew Huff: What movies did you watch to help you prepare for the role?

    Joaquin Phoenix carries Ekaterina Samsonov
    Joaquin Phoenix in a sailer outfit

    2. MH: God's Creatures is a very Irish film. What are your other favorite Irish films?

    Jason Nelligan, Una Kavanagh, Anne-Marie Duff, and Pat Shortt sit on a bench

    3. MH: You co-star in God's Creatures with Emily Watson. What are some of your favorite performances of hers?

    Stellen Skarsgaard and Emily Watson near each other
    Emily Watson and Adam Sandler drink together

    4. MH: What kind of movies do you think your character Brian would like?

    Russell Crowe and Djimon Hounsou fight in a pit together

    5. MH: What's the last great movie you've watched that you weren't a part of making?

    Eden Dambrine and Gustav De Waele walk through a field
    Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson drink beer near each other

    6. MH: What's a movie you loved and watched often as a kid?

    Samuel L. Jackson, Colin Farrell, and LL Cool J in swat gear

    7. MH: What's one movie role you would love to play?

    Emma Thompson and Anthony Hopkins stand in a manor

    8. MH: If you were stuck on a deserted island and could only watch three movies for the rest of your life, what would they be?

    Anthony Hopkins walks through a garden
    Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling sit side by side in chairs
    Kim Hunter, Marlon Brando, and Vivien Leigh stand in a room arguing

    9. MH: What is something that is coming out that you're excited to watch?

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    10. MH: What's one movie that you loved and feel like not enough people have seen?

    Geza Rohrig with dirt on his face

    11. MH: What's the last film that made you laugh?

    Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe drink together

    12. MH: What's the last movie that made you cry?

    Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver on a subway

    13. MH: What's your comfort movie? Something you could curl up with at the end of a bad day.

    Anthony Hopkins looks out a window

    14. MH: What movie do you quote the most often?

    Adam Driver, Azhy Robertson and Scarlett Johansson lie in bed together

    15. MH: What's a movie you pretend to have watched, but haven't actually seen?

    The cast of It's a Wonderful Life
    Yalitza Aparicio and Marina de Tavira sit on a couch with Marco Graf

    16. MH: Who would you want to play you in a movie?

    A young Anthony Hopkins

    17. MH: If you could invite three actors/directors, living or dead, to dinner, who would they be?

    18. MH: What's your favorite movie theater snack?

    packages of maltesers

    19. MH: Lastly, what is one movie that made you want to be an actor?

    Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams makeout on the sidewalk

    Watch Paul Mescal's latest film, God's Creatures, now On Demand.

    Paul Mescal and Emily Watson stand outside

    This interview has been edited and condensed.

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