London, Feb 2 (Agencies): Anthony Hopkins, who has an academy award to his credit has had a disappointing experience doing a Shakespeare drama and has since then vowed to never do theatre again.

The star took to the stage at London's prestigious National Theatre, but disliked both the experience and the people working there, according to the reports.

"I did some Shakespeare there. Jesus Christ. Never again. You always have an illusion about yourself that nobody can wait to see your next big Shakespeare performance. I've been onstage in Shakespeare and seen people in the front row fast asleep. That was the wake-up moment for me. That was my swansong. I left," Hopkins said.

"In the theatre, people talk. Talk, talk until the cows come home about journeys of discovery and about what Hazlitt thought of a line of Shakespeare. I can't stand it," he said.

But, it is not just the response of theatre critics that annoys the 73-year-old actor, who finds the film industry equally frustrating.

"Hundreds of years ago, I was in a film that I won't name. I remember sitting in the audience at the Ziegfield with the studio heads and actors. I could barely keep awake yet all around me, people are crying they're so moved. I thought this is the slowest film I've ever seen. I must have a heart of stone," said the actor.

"At the party afterwards, they said, 'Tony, it's awesome. Amazing.' But of course, the notices were disastrous. From then on, I thought leave it. That's how I've treated it ever since. I honestly don't give a damn," he added.