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Hannibal

hannibal13After several popular movie adaptations, author Thomas Harrisā€™s iconic serial killer Hannibal Lecter got his own TV series ā€“ and showrunner Bryan Fuller created a distinct style. Initially, the story relied on the tension between a uniquely gifted FBI profiler (Hugh Dancy) and his complex relationship with the psychiatrist, Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen), whoā€™s helping him hunt serial killers, even though heā€™s secretly one himself. Lecter was also a cannibal, and Fuller emphasized the connection between beauty and horror, disgust and pleasure in highly stylized, sensuous ways, aided by a chef who designed Lecterā€™s morbid haute cuisine dishes. Surprisingly dark, violent and bloody for an NBC series, too off-putting for mainstream audiences, but intelligent and engrossing (when it didnā€™t become too full of itself), and boosted by two vibrant lead performances.

2013-2015:U.S. Made for TV. 39 episodes. Color. Developed byĀ Bryan Fuller. Cast: Hugh Dancy (Will Graham), Mads Mikkelsen (Hannibal Lecter), Laurence Fishburne (Jack Crawford), Gillian Anderson, Caroline Dhavernas, Scott Thompson, Aaron Abrams, Hettienne Park (13-14).

Last word: “When I first sat down with Mads Mikkelsen, he was talking less about doing this as Anthony Hopkins or Brian Cox and more like Lucifer. He wanted this character to be a fallen angel who had an affinity for humanity and a love for the human condition, but also could be very punitive in a hellish way that opened up the mythology of the character in a really cool way, added a new layer.Ā It’s an idea that became a component of the production design. We have frames where fire is going on in the background, that sort of thing. We’re selling at that level, so I tip my hat to Mads Mikkelsen for wanting to come in and do the character not as a man but as a mythological character.” (Fuller, Empire)

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