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Hopkins back home for 70th bash
Sir Anthony with a 2006 Golden Globe lifetime achievement award
Sir Anthony has spoken about meeting up with "childhood chums"
Sir Anthony Hopkins has spoken about his plans for a rare visit to his home town of Port Talbot to celebrate his 70th birthday later in the year.

Family and friends of the actor, who now lives in California, have been invited to the party on New Year's Eve.

He has been an infrequent visitor to Wales in recent years having become a US citizen seven years ago.

Guests include Richard Burton's brother Graham Jenkins and his wife, brought up in the same village as Sir Anthony.

The actor revealed details of the planned bash in an interview with the Seattle Post to promote the new film he has directed - Slipstream.

"I'm going back (to south Wales) later this year to celebrate my 70th birthday," he told the newspaper.

"It's to be a big party. All my old childhood chums - most of whom, amazingly, are still alive - will be there.

"Some I haven't seen in 65 years. I'm very excited about it. That will really be the closing of the circle."

Mr Jenkins said he had received an invite some time ago but had been sworn to secrecy.

"I'm loath to talk about it really - but since Sir Anthony has spoken to the press I can confirm we have been invited," he added.

Old neighbours

Mr Jenkins and his late brother were raised in Taibach - the same village as Sir Anthony.

"His father was Hopkins the Baker - my wife knew him better than I did as a child."

He said that some of the actor's old neighbours from Geifwr Road had also been invited - but he said he could not disclose any further details.

"I'm looking forward to it and so is my wife," added Mr Jenkins.

Hopkins' acting career spans over 40 years but it was his Oscar-winning role as Hannibal Lecter in the Silence of the Lambs that made him one of Hollywood's biggest stars.

Controversially he became a US citizen in 2000 and now lives with his third wife Stella in Malibu, California.

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