SIR Anthony Hopkins has launched a scathing attack on British theatre's "pomposity and arrogance" - and he insists he will never return to the London stage.

The Oscar-winning actor first came to prominence in the 1960s when SIR Laurence Olivier made him a member of the National Theatre, and Hopkins went on to play leading parts in King Lear, Macbeth and PRAVDA.

The 68-year-old now lives in America full-time and has no regrets about turning his back on the stage in favour of Hollywood.

He says, "I don't care what people think. I've had my fill of pomposity and arrogance and manipulation when I worked in the British theatre and the best decision I ever made was to leave that world and make my way in films.

"I've always had zero tolerance for pretentiousness and stupidity. There's enough cruelty in life without our adding to it and it's a code I've tried to live by."