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Dr Hannibal Lecter - best portrayal


View Poll Results: Who played the best Hannibal Lecter?
Brian Cox 14 29.79%
Sir Anthony Hopkins 24 51.06%
Gaspard Ulliel 0 0%
Mads Mikkelsen 9 19.15%
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Old 16-07-2014, 10:02
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Made a similar post for the Joker yesterday, but this time here's a poll to vote on.
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Old 16-07-2014, 13:19
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Mikkelsen.

I love Hopkins' portrayal, and was not expecting Mikkelsen to be anywhere near as good when I first heard of the TV series, but he turned out to be bloody brilliant.
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Old 16-07-2014, 16:02
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Big fan of the TV show but it's Sir Anthony for me.
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Old 16-07-2014, 16:09
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I'd have to watch Manhunter again just to give a properly definitive answer but for me, Mads Mikkelsen is Lecter. He's far better than Hopkins' pantomime version and far more believable.
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Old 16-07-2014, 17:02
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A lot of revisionism about Brian Cox in Manhunter, he's only a supporting character in it and the film only received attention after the success of silence of the lambs, but it's a lot better than Red Dragon.
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Old 16-07-2014, 17:23
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Mikkelsen.

I love Hopkins' portrayal, and was not expecting Mikkelsen to be anywhere near as good when I first heard of the TV series, but he turned out to be bloody brilliant.
I'd have to watch Manhunter again just to give a properly definitive answer but for me, Mads Mikkelsen is Lecter. He's far better than Hopkins' pantomime version and far more believable.
Isn't it similar arguments to the Joker poll.

Nicholson and Ledger were very different portrayals of the same character so hard to judge in a head to head comparison without taking the themes of the films into account.

Mikkleson has had two series to develop the character - plus from a different point of view to the films.
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Old 16-07-2014, 20:54
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Brian Cox. No question for me.
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Old 17-07-2014, 09:33
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Anthony Hopkins. The guy from the TV show, Mads Mikkelsen, is good too, but Anthony Hopkins is my favourite.
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Old 17-07-2014, 09:39
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I chose Cox because I felt Hopkins's take was too hammy for my taste and I haven't seen the other two.
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Old 17-07-2014, 13:24
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Cox for me as well (shall I rephrase that?).

Never liked Hopkins in 'Lambs, but admittedly he had some fun with the role in Hannibal, a bizarre and trashy oddity. Bet he got a fair wage for it an' all.
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Old 17-07-2014, 14:18
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A lot of revisionism about Brian Cox in Manhunter, he's only a supporting character in it and the film only received attention after the success of silence of the lambs, but it's a lot better than Red Dragon.
I think there's a fair bit of that in relation to Hopkins. These days, the cool kids are all saying that he was a pantomime villain. I don't recall anyone saying anything of the kind at the time the film was released and the Academy clearly didn't think so either.
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Old 17-07-2014, 15:46
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I think there's a fair bit of that in relation to Hopkins. These days, the cool kids are all saying that he was a pantomime villain. I don't recall anyone saying anything of the kind at the time the film was released and the Academy clearly didn't think so either.
I remember saying when the film came out that Hopkins was cartoonish in the role. To me, the understated Brian Cox performance was more fitting to the character.
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Old 17-07-2014, 16:10
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Anthony Hopkins' portrayal has suffered from becoming a cultural icon. It is almost impossible to view The Silence of the Lambs in isolation from all the cultural baggage of endless homages and parodies.

The same goes for Anthony Perkins as Norman Bates and Jack Nicholson as Jack Torrance.
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Old 17-07-2014, 17:39
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A lot of revisionism about Brian Cox in Manhunter, he's only a supporting character in it and the film only received attention after the success of silence of the lambs, but it's a lot better than Red Dragon.
Manhunter received attention because of Heat. It didn't get much if any attention during the release of Silence of the Lambs, mostly because Manhunter still wasn't available on VHS. I think it was finally available on VHS when Heat was released at cinema.

Some British film geeks, on the other hand, was aware of it before SOTL because of Alex Cox. The nearest we could get to see the film was when it appeared in Cox's Moviedrome on BBC 2.

I think there's a fair bit of that in relation to Hopkins. These days, the cool kids are all saying that he was a pantomime villain. I don't recall anyone saying anything of the kind at the time the film was released and the Academy clearly didn't think so either.
The majority loved Gravity, but as we've seen from here, there were some who didn't. So it stands to reason that SOTL would have its share of dissent voices during its theatrical release as well.

Either way, there's no denying that Hopkins's portrayal left an impact on British pop culture. French and Saunders's parody, anyone?
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Old 17-07-2014, 23:02
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I loved Anthony Hopkins as Lecter, it was an exaggerated turn but worked for me and Brian Cox was quite chilling. Haven't seen the tv adaptation. When I read the books Dr Hannibal Lecter did come across as quite a charismatic persona or is it just me? So a bit of 'pantomime' was fine
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Old 18-07-2014, 01:35
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I think there's a fair bit of that in relation to Hopkins. These days, the cool kids are all saying that he was a pantomime villain. I don't recall anyone saying anything of the kind at the time the film was released and the Academy clearly didn't think so either.
I think that's partly true but he still had real menace (despite relatively little screen time), whereas by Hannibal and Red Dragon his performance had become pure ham.
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Old 18-07-2014, 09:04
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A lot of revisionism about Brian Cox in Manhunter, he's only a supporting character in it and the film only received attention after the success of silence of the lambs, but it's a lot better than Red Dragon.
He only has a few scenes but with HL less is definitely more. What you imagine about Lecter is far worse than you ever see (until the TV series anyway) and seeing him actually killing people just seems crass.
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Old 20-07-2014, 13:24
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Brian Cox for me. He gave a subtle and restrained performance which made him all the more sinister. Hopkins was borderline Vincent Price a lot of the time.
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Old 20-07-2014, 14:23
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mads definitely. he is just fantastic in the role, and bizarrely theres something very sexy about his portrayal
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Old 20-07-2014, 14:40
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Poor Gaspard Ulliel

Anthony Hopkins for me (though I've only seen him and Cox as Hannibal).
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Old 29-07-2014, 19:00
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Mikkelsen, Cox, Hopkins and then that other dufus who was appalling.

Mikkelsen is just perfect, the right amount of charm & threat.
Cox was completely intimidating and more a physical threat than a psychological one.
Hopkins was great but a little too theatrical.
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Old 31-07-2014, 09:45
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Brian Cox just edges it over Hopkins for me. The "smell yourself" line delivered to a fast-de[parting Will Graham, and his slack-jawed menacing gaze - here's a man who you believe would do you serious damage. Whereas Hopkins' face-chewing antics come across a bit unconvincing. Better to have left a bit more to the imagination. The scenes where we see the aftermath of Lecter's work - as in the victims' bedroom in 'Manhunter' - or Jodie Foster's horrified reaction to the photos of Lecter's handiwork, are more effective.
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Old 31-07-2014, 10:49
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I find Mads' Lecter more nightmarishly intelligent, threatening, complex and interesting. Obviously having the most screen time out of any of them can't hurt.
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Old 31-07-2014, 12:23
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I find Mads' Lecter more nightmarishly intelligent, threatening, complex and interesting. Obviously having the most screen time out of any of them can't hurt.
Agreed. He also has a sinister look about him. He looked like a badass psycho in the movie, Valhalla Rising.
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Old 31-07-2014, 20:30
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Brian Cox just edges it over Hopkins for me. The "smell yourself" line delivered to a fast-de[parting Will Graham, and his slack-jawed menacing gaze - here's a man who you believe would do you serious damage. Whereas Hopkins' face-chewing antics come across a bit unconvincing. Better to have left a bit more to the imagination. The scenes where we see the aftermath of Lecter's work - as in the victims' bedroom in 'Manhunter' - or Jodie Foster's horrified reaction to the photos of Lecter's handiwork, are more effective.
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