AMMO CLIP: The Many Faces Of Dr. Hannibal Lecter
By Dr. Know on November 3rd, 2012
Although some people are crying foul over NBC developing a TV series revolving around author Thomas Harris’ most infamous creation, Dr. Hannibal Lecter, one must remember the insidious Dr. Lecter has been seen in a series of movies over the years, a trio of actors already having played the role before the new TV Hannibal, Mads Mikkelsen.
Brian Cox was the first to play Lecter (spelled “Lecktor”) in Michael Mann’s Manhunter (1986), the first adaptation of Thomas Harris’ Red Dragon; the next and most famous interpretation of the character was Anthony Hopkins Oscar-winning turn in Jonathan Demme’s The Silence of the Lambs (1991), which was followed by Ridley Scott’s Hannibal (2001) and then Brett Ratner’s Red Dragon (2002). Lastly, a very youthful Hannibal Lecter was portrayed by Gaspard Ulliel in the critically and commercially reviled origin story Hannibal Rising (2007), which was scripted by author Thomas Harris and directed by Peter Webber.
Despite the varying quality in the various iterations of Lecter’s screen persona, I’m confident the impending TV series won’t be the last we see of the good doctor…rain or shine.
2. THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS
4. RED DRAGON
5. HANNIBAL RISING