Question: What was your first encounter with the Hannibal Lecter mythos?
LAURENCE FISHBURNE: It was Brian Cox in Manhunter. “I’m sorry, operator. I haven’t the use of my arms.” Ooh, okay. Smart guy.
MADS MIKKELSEN: I saw The Silence of the Lambs when it came out. I was way too old to be scared that much, but it was a fantastic film. We owe Anthony Hopkins a lot.
HUGH DANCY: I also saw The Silence of the Lambs. What I remember thinking was how beautiful it was, specifically in that crime scene that he creates when he slaughters the two police officers, and they come in to see it splayed out like an angel. I thought, “Oh, my god, that’s beautiful!” And then, I thought, “What’s wrong with me!” It did that very well.
BRYAN FULLER: I saw Manhunter and thought Brian Cox was amazing. He gets eclipsed by Anthony Hopkins ‘cause it’s an Oscar-winning performance, but I think Brian Cox is just as good. I think they’re two fantastic performances. And then, I went and read the book, and that blew me away.
Bryan, why is it important to you to change the gender of some of these characters and add that female energy to the story?
FULLER: Well, if we didn’t change some of the genders of the characters, it would be a sausage party. There would just be a lot of guys. I think we need female energy in all entertainment. What’s exciting about Season 3 is that we have a lot more female energy.
Hugh and Mads, there’s an interesting undercurrent of love between Hannibal Lecter and Will Graham.
FULLER: He’s penetrated him. It’s true!
How does that shape your own portrayals, and your understanding of the characters?
DANCY: They love each other. That’s unquestionable. I think it’s a platonic love, but it’s rich. They recognize each other as unique in the world. They reflect each other, in that way. It’s a profound recognition and relief that comes with it.
MIKKELSEN: Going through what Hannibal did with Will, in the two seasons, is probably the closest he’s ever been to loving anyone. What love means in his universe, we’ll have to see, later on. Everything heartbreaking that happens to poor Will is also heartbreaking to Hannibal.
FULLER: One of the reasons that I was really excited about this project was to explore heterosexual male friendship, not just between Will and Hannibal, but also Jack. I feel like there is a three-way between those men. I think Jack has a friendship with these two guys, as well. It’s a very interesting exploration of male friendships.
MIKKELSEN: I think there’s an honesty to what Bryan writes, and there’s an honesty in how we try to give the scenes justice. That mean that there is never the big plan from Hannibal. When I’m with Jack, it’s honest. There’s no lie. It’s an honest relationship. We’ve become strong friends, as I have with his wife. What I did with Alana was honest. It might change tomorrow. We don’t know. But, it’s always honest. That’s one of the reasons she can walk in that door without the audience going, “No!” There’s an honesty in the whole project. We’re not trying to be behind the characters going, “Gotcha!” Honesty is one of the keynotes that allows us to get away with some of these things.
Mads and Laurence, how was it to shoot your fight scene that opened Season 2?
MIKKELSEN: That was a really long day.
FISHBURNE: We felt really long and we looked really young, while we were doing it. But the day after, we really felt our age.
MIKKELSEN: We shot that for 14 hours.
FISHBURNE: No, we did 21 hours. You just blocked out the other seven.
MIKKELSEN: That was a beautiful day.
FISHBURNE: It was great.
lepoint.fr – Among several European and international wealthy princesses, Warren Beatty, Jamie Foxx and Mads Mikkelsen’s daugthers will attend the Beginner’s Ball in Paris on November 29, announced Monday AFP organizer Ophelie Renouard.
At the arms of their daughters, the three actors will open this Charity Ball at the National Palace of Chaillot in favor of the Association “Enfants d’Asie” whose mission is to develop the education of underprivileged girls.
Relaunched in 1992, this international event was inspired by a worldly aristocratic European tradition: twenty girls for most “well-born”, will make their “debut” as required by the protocol of the royal courts before submission to the sovereign.
Among the 25 debutantes from 16 to 22 years, representing a dozen countries, Viola Mikkelsen, daughter of Mads Mikkelsen (“Casino Royale”, “Hannibal”, “Clash of the Titans” …), Best Actor at Cannes Film Festival in 2012 for “the Hunt”, representing Denmark which is participating for the first time at the ball.
dreadcentral.com – The October 18th “Hannibal” event starts at 8:30 PM ET/5:30 PM PT. Scheduled to appear are actors Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, Laurence Fishburne, and Caroline Dhavernas plus showrunner/exec producer Bryan Fuller.
CLICK HERE to access the stream, which goes live 10-15 minutes after the start of each presentation.
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Other panels that might be of interest include a “The Wire” reunion on October 16th, “Gotham” on October 18th preceding “Hannibal,” and “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” on October 19th.
Zap2it.com – Four genres. 64 shows. Almost 1 million total votes.
Our 2014 “Fandom Wars” proved that fans will turn out, and in big numbers, to prove their love for their show and their community to everyone online.
So what fandom came out on top this year?
It was close, but in the end, the “Hannibal” fandom, propelled with help from the show’s writers, producers and official accounts, came out on top over the “Arrow” fandom, 53% to 47%.
The final round voting breakdown was as follows:
“Hannibal” — 236,396 votes
“Arrow” — 206,890 votes
Of note: Out of the staggering 811,245 votes cast since “Fandom Wars” began on Sept. 7, “Fannibals” votes were a whopping 321,642 of them. That’s more than a third of all the votes, for all the shows.
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