'Noah' Actor Anthony Hopkins on His Beliefs

The Oscar-winning actor talks about his role as Methuselah in the biblical blockbuster "Noah."
3:00 | 04/02/14

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Thank you. "Noah" is taking the box office by storm taking in $44 million and top honors this weekend. Thanks to a rich and wild story and sir Anthony Hopkins plays Noah Noah's grandfather methuselah. Reporter: He's one of the world's most acclaimed and versatile actors. Brilliantly portraying everyone from a controversial U.S. President -- It could be ugly, Henry. Reporter: To a bone-chilling Hannibal. And now Oscar winning actor sir Anthony hop Kins is taking on a new row as the oldest known biblical figure. Remember, Noah, he chose you for a reason. Reporter: He plays methuselah, the 969-year-old soothsayer and grandfather to Noah played by Russell Crowe. It begins. Reporter: How do you prepare for a man who's almost a thousand years old? I don't know. Just show up. Reporter: In the film based on the famous old testament story Noah receives a message from god that the world will endure an epic flood to eliminate all corrupt mankind with the exception of Noah and his family and, of course, all of those animals. Why people are so entranced by the story. The need to comprehend an incomprehensible world, this insatiable need to find out where is the truth? Reporter: Growing up an atheist Hopkins says his religious views have evolved from a nonbeliever to a believer in life. I believe in the life force. Get on with it, enjoy it. Reporter: But you do believe in god. I feel as I get older it's all a miracle. I mean, my heart beats, lungs breathe. That is an extraordinary, extraordinary phenomenon. Reporter: Hopkins says he's humbled by the life he's lived. You only have one chance on this merry go round and don't take yourself so damn seriously. It's a tough business full of rejection, full of honors. I'm just one of the lucky ones. Reporter: For "Good morning America," bianna golodryga, ABC news, Los Angeles.

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