He is known to be the iconic face of evil, but Academy Award-winner Anthony Hopkins recently showed another side of himself when he spoke about his faith in God.

The 73-year-old actor, perhaps most famous for his portrayal of cannibalistic serial killer Hannibal Lecter, sat down with CNN’s Piers Morgan Saturday to talk about his acting career and the day he decided to believe in God.

Without hesitation Morgan asked, “Do you believe in God?” To which Hopkins replied, “Yes, I do. I do.”

Hopkins explained that about 35 years ago he felt the need for God while he was going through a crisis and prayed to Him even though he considered himself at the time to be an atheist.

“I was hell bent on destruction. And I just asked for a little bit of help, and suddenly, pow. It was just like, bingo,” recalled Hopkins.

He said that while in New York he had a drinking problem that was so bad that it almost felt like he was possessed.

“It was like being possessed by a demon, an addiction, and I couldn’t stop. And millions of people around like that. I could not stop.”

Out of desperation, Hopkins asked for help and a woman told him to just trust in God.

“And I said, well, why not? And was such a quantum leap from this to that”

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