Now that’s a Halloween costume.
NBC’s sophisticated, slick, and often quite sick Hannibal will return in 2014 to serve a second course of horror and human hors d’oeuvres. To get fans psyched for the further adventures of the titular frightful foodie (Mads Mikkelsen) and tormented FBI profiler Will Graham (Hugh Dancy), Hannibal mastermind Bryan Fuller offers the image above to get you in the right headspace.
Explains the exec producer, who designed this poster-worthy key art in collaboration with the show’s f/x team at RocketScience: “After a horrifying descent into madness in season 1, this image ironically represents the perspective of a scrappier, clearer-minded Will Graham in season 2. The scales have fallen from his eyes and he finally sees Hannibal Lecter for the monster he is.”
Hannibal will return early next year with a 13-episode season that begins with an outing entitled “Kaiseki.”
Fannibals, start your salivating.
EOnline has included Hugh in the “Best Dressed Men at the 2013 Emmy Awards” section on their site and we would have to agree! You can view that here.
With his stylish skinny tie, the handsome Brit made one of the cooler fashion statmements among the men who attended the award show.
Don’t forget to pick up your copy of Hannibal season one, today, on dvd/bluray!
FBI Agent Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) hunts the most notorious serial killers. Graham is both gifted and cursed with an extraordinary ability: he can think like his prey, seeing what they see and feeling what they feel. What he doesn’t know is that his new partner is the most notorious serial killer of all. While pursuing an especially troubling, cannibalistic murderer, Special Agent Jack Crawford (Laurence Fishburne) teams Graham with a highly respected psychiatrist – a man with a taste for the criminally minded: Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen). Dr. Lecter tests Graham every step of the way, toying with him and playing a game all his own, while they work to unravel the mystery and catch the killer. Like only Lecter can, he twists Graham’s mind, daring him to question everything he knows about others…and himself.
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At the time of interview, The Emmy Award nominations were due to be announced in just two days. Critics and TV addicts alike were all pretty riled up that the chilling Hannibal which made its debut on NBC earlier in the year would surely make the cut. As can be inferred by the title of the drama, the series delves into the sinister mind of Dr. Hannibal Lecter, the psychiatrist made iconic by Anthony Hopkins’ Oscar-Winning performance in Silence of the Lambs.
It is hard to imagine performances that top that of the film but, if possible Hannibal has provided some pretty disturbing moments, even surpassing that of the movie. It thus should come as no surprise then that fans anxiously awaited the industry recognition that they feel the show deserves. In particular for the shows lead Hugh Dancy who plays not Lecter but Will Graham, a gifted profiler who seeks the help of Lecter to track down some of the most gruesome serial killers.
Dancy however appeared unperturbed by the anticipation surrounding the awards.
“I honestly had no idea about the nominations.” he chuckled, with a hint of exasperation. “I don’t know if we’ll get one. It’s a very competitive field.”
As it turns out, the actor was right. Dancy-who was nominated once before in the supporting actor category for this portrayal of the Earl of Essex in Elizabeth I-didn’t receive a nomination, which critics have described as one of the biggest omissions of the 2013 Emmys.
But he has other things on his mind. He is currently in the thick of finding a new apartment for his family (wife Claire Danes and 9-month-old son, Cyrus) in Toronto, where he’ll soon begin filming the much anticipated second season of the drama. As the subject matter suggests, the show is pretty provocative, for television, that is. A network is Salt Lake City in the United States even refused to air it.
Much of the “shock factor” can be attributed to Lecter, played by Mads Mikkelsen. But fans of the show attest that it is Dancy’s take on the profiler who is tasked with having to work with Lecter that viewers find engaging.
“A professor with a unique gift to get inside the heads of serial killers. Graham steals the show through his social awkwardness and seemingly divine cunning that allows him to make leaps and connect dots within a case that mere mortals may not have.” Is how the website Policymic describes his performance.
Alongside Graham and Lecter is FBI agent Jack Crawford played by Laurence Fishburne. Together the trio share a chemistry that have kept viewers tuned in.
“They’re both relaxed and confident.” He says “Two of the best screen actors around.”
Dancy’s character is indeed an interesting one. Though highly intelligent, there is a suggestion that he is autistic or perhaps suffers from Asperger’s, a suggestion that Dancy rejected at Comic-Con this year.
“The way I came to think about it is…if there is a spectrum with autism at one end—people who can’t read anything of another person—and then most of us are somewhere [in the middle]…then if you imagine the spectrum extending to the other side, to people who have no control over the information they receive and have no floodgates at all—that’s where Will is,” he explains, “In order to protect himself, he has consciously and deliberately adopted some of the mannerisms of a person with Asperger’s. He’s chosen to block eye contact, he’s chosen to become antisocial and no engage.”
The explanation in itself proof of just how complex the character is. In researching the role, Dancy explored the subject of behavioural science, the discipline that pioneered the subject of profiling.
“I read some of the stuff written by people who work in behavioural science, people who really created that idea of ‘profiling’ serial killers. I building up that science, they do this strange combination of intuition and detective work, and Will is that character, but pushed a little bit further.” He explained at Comic-Con.
It perhaps isn’t surprising that Dancy takes a cerebral approach to his characters. He studied at Oxford and as a young child growing up in Newcastle, located in the North of England, must have been exposed to the intellectual musing of his parents. His mother worked in academic publishing and his father Jonathan Dancy is a philosopher, now Professor Emeritus at the University of Texas at Austin.
His foray into acting began as a way of taming a rebellious streak that surfaced while attending boarding school.
In an interview with The Telegraph, Dancy said, “In the theater, suddenly all the hierarchies of school were out the window. The other attraction was that girls from a local school were involved in productions, not because I was desperately lustful, although I’m sure I was, because I was a 13-year-old boy, but I just liked having girls around”.
Dancy was soon cast as Ariel in The Tempest and the rest—as they say—is history. Like most British actors, his early work consists of period drams playing literary characters Daniel Deronda and David Copperfield. Since then he has embarked on more diverse work starring in Black Hawk Down, the cult classic Martha Marcy May Marlene and Hysteria in which he played Mortimer Granville, the inventor of the vibrator. There was also the chick flick Confessions of a Shopaholic.
Will Graham now adds an interesting dimension to a range of roles taken on by the actor. In this interview with August Man, he divulges what it’s like to get into the head of a serial killer.
How are you enjoying your return to episodic television?
Very much so. Episodic TV is its own beast, but unlike The Big C, I’ve really been involved from the start with Hannibal. It’s developed and changed almost as a reaction to what I’m doing on the show. [Producer] Bryan Fuller is very sharing and generous to the degree he wants to involve the actors. One night, I called him with a simple question about the script and I was still on the phone an hour later, as he’s describing the plots seven episodes ahead. Make no mistake: Bryan is the brain of this machine.
The show is based on the Thomas Harris’ book, Red Dragon, in which your character is introduced. How heavily did you reference the novel?
I first began reading Bryan’s description of Will, mainly how he saw the relationship developing between him and Hannibal. It was only after reading Red Dragon that I truly realized Bryan was coming from a place of real loyalty. Once you get past the first episode of the show, the DNA of the thing very much comes from the brain of Thomas Harris.
The graphic nature of the show has not been without controversy. Do you ever read the script and think, “Okay, this is too much”?
Well, let me first say I don’t think you have to push the envelope too far in Salt Lake City to make a scene [laughs] Yes, it’s a bit gruesome, but I have no problem with that as long as it’s in context, serves a purpose and comes with some consequences—and Will certainly suffers those. I do feel like you can have too much of a good thing, but Hannibal has a nice balance, particularly in the second half of the season. The show is character-driven and grown-up in terms of what it asks of the audience—that combination seems fairly new to me compared with what else is on television right now.
One of the creepiest, most impressive, aspects of the show has got to be the food styling. Don’t you agree?
Completely. Will only eats with Hannibal on occasion, so I’m always surprised when I arrived on set. Once, I’d just sit down and this little bird skull arrives on the plate and I’m thinking, “Has nobody considered that Hannibal might perhaps be a little strange?” [laughs] Or the other time when he brings me black chicken soup and it has a tiny bird claw in there. It all speaks to the level of Bryan’s detail.
It really makes the difference between a good show and a great show…
At this point in my career, I have a fairly good bulls**t detector. When Bryan described not just the first season of Hannibal, but how he saw it developing three and four years later, I knew he was for real. I wasn’t just interested, but eager, to be a part of it.
You’ve dabbled in a bit of modeling, as the face of Burberry several years ago. Does style interest you?
I wouldn’t say that it’s a major part of my life, but there’s definitely an overlap between the world of fashion and the world of acting. I own quite a lot of Burberry as a result of that collaboration (and Christopher Bailey). And I do love a good suit. I’m an Englishman, after all.
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Which shows and networks were the hottest this year?
SSome may still cling to distinctions like broadcast, cable and streaming video, but more and more consumers do not. Candidates for this year’s hottest shows include those from all three forms of distribution—programs that, despite their media of origin, can increasingly be enjoyed on whichever device you choose.
You can vote for Hannibal in the “Hottest Show of the Year” and “Hottest Thriller” categories, which they are currently in the lead in. There’s also polls for networks where you can vote for NBC as well.
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Hannibal wowed critics and viewers alike when it debuted earlier this year, satisfying both Thomas Harris aficionados and new fans with its vivid visual style, conflicted characters and a dark moral complexity rarely explored on network television.
At Comic Con 2013, Digital Spy and others spoke with Hugh Dancy – who plays the tortured Will Graham – to speak about his experiences playing the role, his hopes for season two and the show’s dedicated fans… or ‘Fannibals’!
Some people have suggested that Will Graham has Asperger’s syndrome – do you agree?
“There’s a moment in the first episode where Laurence’s character asks Will, when they first meet on screen, ‘Where are you on the spectrum?’ or something like that, and I think there may even be a mention of Asperger’s… I can’t remember.
“For me, that was misdirection – I definitely do not think that Will has Asperger’s syndrome. In fact, what I think he is is almost the polar opposite of somebody with Asperger’s syndrome…
“The way I came to think about it is… if there is a spectrum with autism at one end – people who can’t read anything of another person – and then most of us are somewhere [in the middle]… then if you imagine the spectrum extending to the other side, to people who have no control over the information they receive and have no floodgates at all – that’s where Will is.
“In order to protect himself, he has consciously and deliberately adopted some of the mannerisms of a person with Asperger’s. He’s chosen to block eye contact, he’s chosen to become antisocial and not engage.”
Did you take inspiration from any real-life figures in playing Will?
“I don’t know that there is anybody like Will, really – just like there isn’t really anybody like Hannibal Lecter… you hope… you have to hope, right?!
“They’re fictional creations, but that said… I obviously read Thomas Harris’s novels – that’s the best place to start – but then after that, I read some of the stuff written by people that Harris had spoken to [in researching his books] – people who work in behavioural science, people who really created that idea of ‘profiling’ serial killers.
“In building up that science, they do this strange combination of intuition and detective work, and Will is that character, but pushed a little bit further.”
Hannibal is a daring show, particularly for network television – have you been surprised by some of the content that you have managed to get on screen?
“I think probably what you’re saying when you ask that is the amount of blood and the bodies and so on, but what I found to be more daring about it – and certainly more interesting – was the format. It’s hour-long, pretty psychological, complex, advanced and grown-up.
“The blood and the guts of it, other than just being intrinsic to the genre, served all of that other stuff – it served your understanding of who Will was and his relationship with Hannibal (Mads Mikkelsen), and why Will is so messed up, because he carries that stuff around with him.
“I think partially that’s why we got away with [the gore] – because it has context and it was designed to be part of the aesthetic of the show. It’s not just, ‘S**t, we’ve run out of story – let’s kill someone’.”
Did you ever have reservations about committing to what could be multiple seasons of a TV show?
“I spoke to [showrunner] Bryan Fuller and he described the first five years of the show – it was very rich and very different, and I was very happy to sign that contract. I think I will be interested and enthusiastic [about this show] five years from now… maybe I won’t be, but I made that guess.
“I’m absolutely positive about it – I can’t wait to go back [for season two]. I was very invested in the show, I really thought we were doing something good.
“As it was airing, the audience was petering along… and then it started to grow – I care about the series, so I’m delighted.”
Will Graham doesn’t feature in the latter Hannibal Lecter novels – are you worried about your role on the show being reduced?
“No, I don’t have that concern. You could have a show based entirely around Hannibal, but I think it would be tricky – he needs a foil. But if that balance changes a bit in season two, I’m good with that, as well. I think that we’ve set it up for a very different and very interested trajectory in the second year.”
Will has this twisted dynamic with Hannibal – do you think he’s capable of a normal, healthy relationship?
“I think that’s a really good question. The most intimate relationship that he has is with Hannibal. But if you know the books, you know that in Red Dragon, Will is in a relationship at the beginning when Jack Crawford comes to pull him back in and get him to work for Behavioural Science, and that relationship is tested…
“But even in the books, that question’s always being raised – is he really capable of sustaining a relationship, in a grown-up, normal way? The honest answer is, I don’t know.”
Have you been surprised at how quickly Hannibal has acquired a dedicated fanbase?
“You always hope for the best. If there was any upside to the fact that for a while we were struggling to get good numbers in terms of TV viewership, it was that this other audience came out of it, who not only were watching the show but really actively supporting it and working towards it, spreading the word.
“That’s a great feeling – it’s really nice to be appreciated, because I felt like we were doing something good. For myself, it felt different and fresh. It’d be lovely to hear that however many million people watch our show on Thursday nights, I’d be really delighted about that, but mainly just because [it means] we get to go on for a while.
“But when I see these people who invest so much time and energy [into the show]… it’s great, it’s really great.”
Hannibal airs on NBC in the US and on Sky Living in the UK.
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“Hannibal” Conversation with the Cast & Creators – Nerd HQ (2013)
Bryan Fuller & Hugh Dancy after the Hannibal Panel at San Diego Comic Con 2013
“Hannibal” Season Two Teasers
“Hannibal” Highlights: Conversation with the Cast & Creators – Nerd HQ (2013) HD – Hugh Dancy
Comic Con 2013 – Hannibal – Hugh Dancy Interview
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Hannibal: Hugh Dancy, Bryan Fuller Tease Season 2, Including a Hannibal-Will Kiss?! Watch Now!
“He’s going to be much scrappier,” Fuller teases of Will in season two now that he knows the truth, but has been institutionalized. “We’ve seen him hit rock bottom and now he’s going to come up swinging.”
Fortunately, Dancy assures us there’s still a lot of storyline to be mined from the Will and Hannibal relationship. “I don’t know that it has to go entirely. There’s a connection of some sort and Hannibal is certainly not stopping being interested in Will. I think he’s still just as interested as he was and clearly Will now has a powerful interest in Hannibal, albeit of a different type.” – [Read Full Article & Watch the video]
Hugh Dancy talks ‘Hannibal’ and Mads Mikkelsen at Comic-Con: Watch
“It’s like being the best chess player in the world and finding another person who can play at the same level as you, finally,” Dancy told HitFix of Will this week during San Diego Comic-Con. There was an obvious amount of recognition between the two troubled souls of their similarities.
Like in the NBC show, Dancy and Mikkelsen share a lot in common and enjoy “a level of comfort” when it comes to their “style” of acting. “Working with good actors always improves what you do,” Dancy continued. – [Read Full Article & Watch the video]
NBC’s “Hannibal” at Comic-Con: A Feast for Fans
Fans of NBC’s thriller series “Hannibal” were in for a real treat Thursday when the cast and crew of the show hosted a lively panel at San Diego Comic-Con.
It’s safe to say not a single fan of the show – or “Fannibal,” as they’re known in the world of pop culture fandom – left the panel unsatisfied, as the hour-long Q&A session served up plenty of juicy tidbits about the show.
The NBC drama, which just wrapped its freshman season, centers on psychiatrist-turned-serial-killer Dr. Hannibal Lecter (played by Mads Mikkelsen) and William Graham (played by Hugh Dancy), a criminal profiler who’s on the hunt for a serial killer with the FBI.
Dancy, along with “Hannibal” creator and executive producer Bryan Fuller, took the spotlight at the Comic-Con panel Thursday. They were joined by executive producers Matha De Laurentis and David Slade. – [Read Full Article]
#SDCC 2013: A Few Tasty Morsels of What’s Ahead in Hannibal Season 2; Watch the Entire Panel
Horror fans love to discuss, debate, and disagree; however, one thing we all seem to be in agreement on is that we can’t get enough of NBC’s “Hannibal”! Here are a few tidbits of what’s ahead in Season 2.
Yesterday we took part in roundtable interviews with series star Hugh Dancy (Will Graham), creator/showrunner Bryan Fuller, director/exec producer David Slade, and exec producer Martha De Laurentiis at San Diego Comic-Con. They couldn’t divulge a lot of details, but we did learn enough to whet our appetites even more for the continuing adventures of Dr. Lecter and Will. – [Read Full Article]
‘Hannibal’ Season 2 Details and More Revealed at Comic-Con Panel
Hannibal is undoubtedly one of the best new shows to arrive on TV this year. With its shocking yet beautiful imagery of death and horror, its tooth-grindingly tense plots and stellar performances from Mads Mikkelsen, Hugh Dancy, Eddie Izzard, Kacey Rohl and the rest of the outstanding cast, Hannibal is one of those rare shows that leaves you absolutely transfixed and hungry (pun intended) for more after each episode.
If you missed Hannibal when it first ran on NBC, there’s plenty of time to get caught up with the episodes on Amazon before the show returns in 2014. For those who have seen the entire first season and are eager to know what happens next, the cast and crew of Hannibal obliged by making an appearance at San Diego Comic-Con 2013, to talk about the show and what the ‘Fannibals’ can expect to see the future. If you haven’t seen the first season all the way up to the finale yet, then be warned: the following recap contains MAJOR SPOILERS. – [Read Full Article]
Comic-Con 2013: ‘Hannibal’ Panel Report
In Thomas Harris’ The Silence of The Lambs, a young FBI agent turns to an imprisoned Dr. Hannibal Lecter to find a deranged killer. However, the next season of “Hannibal” will flip that dynamic around, now that Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) has been imprisoned for Hannibal’s crimes.
Earlier today at Comic-Con International in San Diego, Dancy, director David Slade, and “Hannibal” executive producers Bryan Fuller and Martha De Laurentiis were greeted by a packed room of cheering fans. And Fuller soon dropped some hints about where the story is going next season. Among other things, Fuller promised that Will Graham will be feistier and scrappier now that he’s hit rock bottom. Will is also aware of Hannibal’s true nature after last season’s finale.
Fuller indicated that he has laid out the story arc for the second season – [Read Full Article]
Comic-Con: ‘Hannibal’ Crew Teases Season 2 Two-Part Opener
NBC‘s Hannibal ended its rookie season on a cliffhanger with FBI investigator Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) on the wrong side of the bars, accused of murder. Exec producer Bryan Fuller revealed Thursday at Comic-Con that the crime series’ second season will return in a two-parter followed by a trial in Episode 3. “We have the season arc crafted, and it’s a doozy,” Fuller teased to a packed ballroom. “We just finished breaking Episode 3, and we are breaking Episode 4 now.” The Season 2 openers will act as a pseudo pilot, Fuller said, reintroducing characters who now find themselves in much different places. “Will knows something no one else knows, and it’s a great place to put a character,” Fuller said. “One of the things I was most excited about in Season 2 was seeing Will Graham hit rock bottom.” – [Read Full Article]
As for the turn out, the room looked packed from what we can tell here. And this was tweeted:
— Dino DeLaurentiis Co (@DeLaurentiisCo) July 19, 2013
Dino DeLaurentiis Co tweeted this for all of the fans who attended and the ones who took to online outlets to keep up with everything going on at the Comic Con.
— Dino DeLaurentiis Co (@DeLaurentiisCo) July 19, 2013