• “Silence of the Lambs” actor changes his Twitter handle to ENS name ‘AHopkins.eth’
  • Critics suggest NFT interest has been shrinking, but data shows 183% jump in NFT marketplace collections from last year

Academy Award winner Anthony Hopkins is the latest celebrity to drop his Ethereum domain name on social media, joining a number of other public figures using their Ethereum Name Service as Twitter usernames.

On Wednesday, the 84-year-old Welsh actor changed his verified Twitter name to a crypto wallet address, similar to a website URL or email address.

This naming system, based on the Ethereum blockchain, is similar to the Domain Name Service that matches IP addresses to simple website names. In Hopkins’ case, it turns his complex wallet address “0x5b4b7f43140e79a4452408ce10dd64fd17d8a2e5” into the easily readable “AHopkins.eth.”

It isn’t the first time Hopkins has displayed an interest in Web3. His latest sci-fi movie “Zero Contact” was the first feature film to be distributed as a NFT late last year, skipping the traditional theater release route.

In addition to his Twitter handle update, Hopkins asked fellow celebrities Snoop Dogg, Jimmy Fallon and Reese Witherspoon for recommendations on which NFT (non-fungible token) he should snap up.

Fallon responded: “There [are] a bunch of great artists out there, and it’s a fun community in general. But, as the great Aaron Neville once said, ‘I don’t know much — but I know I love you.’ And that may be all you need to know. DM me.”

The TV host and comedian is an NFT owner in popular collections including the Bored Ape Yacht Club and Moonbirds. Rapper Snoop Dogg is opening a Bored Ape NFT-themed dessert restaurant in Los Angeles. Meanwhile, Witherspoon is a Web3 champion whose media company Hello Sunshine is partnering with NFT collective World of Women for films and TV shows.

An NFT is a unique cryptoasset with a digital fingerprint that cannot be replicated, meaning that it can’t be replaced by another such token. Just like the authentic “Starry Night” painting by Van Gogh can’t be swapped with a duplicate, you can’t clone an NFT.

Suggestions have been floating that the NFT space is waning following a record-breaking growth in 2021, but recent data dispels that notion.

According to CryptoMonday.de, collectors sent $37 billion to NFT marketplaces in the first quarter of 2022 — that’s a 183% jump from 2021, or nearly $308 million in daily remittances. In 2021, collectors sent $40 billion, or roughly $109 million in average daily payments, to NFT marketplaces.

Another study by Los Muertos found California nabbed the top spot as the most NFT-obsessed state, with data showing the term “NFT” was the most searched there than in any other state in the past year. This high ranking could be attributed to the number of celebrity endorsements of NFTs, experts said.

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    Shalini is a crypto reporter from Bangalore, India who covers developments in the market, regulation, market structure, and advice from institutional experts. Prior to Blockworks, she worked as a markets reporter at Insider and a correspondent at Reuters News. She holds some bitcoin and ether. Reach her at [email protected]