The Fury actor and co-star Anthony Hopkins is ready to take his fight against cancer to theaters, saying the franchise has helped him understand how “you can’t live forever” and “live in the moment.”
The Fury star, whose real name is Anthony Michael Higgins, shared an emotional message on Instagram in the wake of his death last week at age 82.
The star, who has battled leukemia for the last 16 years, shared the poignant message:”I’m so lucky.
I’m so blessed.
I never thought I’d be able to be alive and see the world, and it’s been such a long road.
I’ve been blessed to have known some great people.
But this is where I need to start, I need some time to think, and I need this to help me understand how to live.
I have never been one to say goodbye, but this is the first time I have done so.
I love you all so much.
I wish you all the best.
So many blessings and love to you all.
I just wish I could go back to my life as much as I can, but I’m here to go.
I can’t, but if I could, I would.”
Hopkins has battled a rare form of cancer since the age of 14.
He underwent chemotherapy in 2013 to try to beat the disease, and is now undergoing an additional round of chemotherapy to try and make his immune system more aggressive.
Hopkins’ mother, Kathleen Higgins, also died in October, at the age 64.
The actor and his wife of over 60 years, actress Meryl Streep, shared a message on social media Wednesday.
They wrote:”We have lost a great man.
My deepest condolences to his loved ones and the whole Fury family.”
In a series of tweets on Tuesday, Hopkins said his cancer treatment was “much better now” and said he would be back in the movies “in the near future.”
He also shared his gratitude for the help he received in the past.
In November, he wrote: “I would never have known what it would be like to be able do what I do.
I would never even have imagined myself living another day, and to be a part of this universe.
I’d have to live in the moments that I’m not a part, to be the one to remember what it’s like to have a body.”
Hopkinson, who was born in Chicago, was a leading actor on The Twilight Zone, The Twilight Saga and The Twilight World.
He appeared in the original Star Trek TV series from 1969-1972, which was the first original series to feature a female captain.
The iconic character, named Dr. Beverly Crusher, died in the series’ third season in 1987.