Meet 'American Idol''s Most Distinguished Fan

by Raphael Chestang 1:07 AM PST, January 27, 2011
Playing Meet 'American Idol''s Most Distinguished Fan

Anthony Hopkins confessed to Jimmy Kimmel on Tuesday that "American Idol" is one of his favorite shows. On Wednesday the legendary actor explained his fascination with the program at 'The Rite''s Hollywood premiere.

"I think those kids who get up there and do that stuff are so brave and kind of crazy," said Hopkins. "And I think this new team as well is great, but they're all fantastic ... I think it's a wonderful thing for young kids to get up and do. It takes a lot of courage. That's America, they do it."

The Oscar winner's new movie, 'The Rite,' follows seminary student Michael Kovak (Colin O'Donoghue) as he travels to the Vatican to study exorcism, a practice that he is skeptical about until he meets Father Lucas (Hopkins), who draws him into a case that forces Michael to take exorcism more seriously.

"This is based on a true story, so it feels very real," said Hopkins.

Actress Alice Braga, who plays a reporter in the movie, weighed in on the story as well, saying, "I think it's interesting that it's more like a psychological drama than just a horror exorcism film." Braga went on to note that the element of Michael's faith in the film opens up the opportunity for deep discussion amongst audiences concerning their own beliefs.

It was an especially important night for O'Donoghue. January 26 marked his first Hollywood movie premiere and his 30th birthday, and he described the event as "overwhelming."

"I'm trying my best to keep it under control, so my legs are shaking like crazy," O'Donoghue admitted.

'The Rite' begins haunting theaters January 28. Click the video to see what Anthony Hopkins said about not being invited to the royal wedding.