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Hugh Dancy on the Potential for More Hannibal and How Season 3 Ended

The Hannibal star discusses the change in tone planned if the show ever returns.
Hugh Dancy will soon be seen in Hulu’s The Path, teaming him with Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad) and Michelle Monaghan (True Detective) and executive producers Jason Katims and Jessica Goldberg (Friday Night Lights). I recently sat down with Dancy to discuss that series at the TCA (Television Critics Association) press tour and while I’ll have plenty more on that series before it debuts on March 30th, our conversation also turned to Dancy’s last series, Hannibal.

Hannibal executive producer Bryan Fuller has spoken about his hope for the show, which NBC cancelled last year, to continue in some form down the line and noted he has a specific plan for where the story would go next, after that notable Season 3 finale. I asked Dancy what he felt the chances were of that happening, along with what it was like filming the final scenes of the show and his thoughts on what motivated Will Graham to do what he did…

Warning: Spoilers for the Hannibal: Season 3 finale follow.


Hugh Dancy on the Potential for More Hannibal and How Season 3 Ended

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The Hannibal star discusses the change in tone planned if the show ever returns.

Hugh Dancy will soon be seen in Hulu’s The Path, teaming him with Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad) and Michelle Monaghan (True Detective) and executive producers Jason Katims and Jessica Goldberg (Friday Night Lights). I recently sat down with Dancy to discuss that series at the TCA (Television Critics Association) press tour and while I’ll have plenty more on that series before it debuts on March 30th, our conversation also turned to Dancy’s last series, Hannibal.

Hannibal executive producer Bryan Fuller has spoken about his hope for the show, which NBC cancelled last year, to continue in some form down the line and noted he has a specific plan for where the story would go next, after that notable Season 3 finale. I asked Dancy what he felt the chances were of that happening, along with what it was like filming the final scenes of the show and his thoughts on what motivated Will Graham to do what he did…

Warning: Spoilers for the Hannibal: Season 3 finale follow.

IGN: This is the first time I’ve talked to you since Hannibal ended. Obviously, there’s still a lot of passion for that show still out there. At some point, what’s your gut feeling – do you think we could actually get a continuation?

Dancy: I really hope so. I actually feel more comfortable saying that now than six months ago, when I felt like we were giving false hope to some degree, because it didn’t feel like it was suddenly going to be picked up. But given the world we’re in, I can’t see any reason why, in three years time — in fact, even, I think that would make sense, story-wise — that we could all drop back into it and everyone’s schedules are right. I know that Bryan and Mads [Mikkelsen] would be more than amenable, and myself too. So I hope so. I love the show and it was a completely unique tone and experience. Those are my dear friends so why not if we possibly can?

IGN: I thought the finale was a lovely hour of TV.

Dancy: [Laughs] That was not my memory of it!

IGN: [Laughs] Well, lovely within the world of Hannibal. And I’m sure it wasn’t the most fun thing to film.

Dancy: Well, it was fun but it was brutal. It was a really — just in terms of logistically — a very, very over-ambitious hour of TV. The car crash, Dolarhyde’s house on fire, then he crashes the convoy and we have that massive sequence at the end… And it wasn’t like we had any extra time or money to do it! Also there was a lot of plot that had to be raveled or unraveled in a very unique way that Bryan did, where it’s important but also totally exhilarating. My strongest memory, which was both exhausting and a really warm memory, was it being five in the morning, on the patio of that house, with Mads and Richard [Armitage], literally covered head to frickin toe in blood. More than I’ve ever had on that show before, which is really saying something! And being freezing cold and realizing that… Because in this scene, before Dolarhyde attacked us, Mads is opening a bottle of wine. We suddenly realized that wine was real, which it never is on a film set. They hadn’t thought to swap it out because we never drink it. So we pop that open. So at like five, six in the morning, as they were desperately trying to get the last shots, because the light was dying… And this was a few days before we wrapped. We didn’t know maybe forever, but we had a little toast and we nicked a bottle of wine, basically. That was a nice moment. But it was born of necessity, as well.

IGN: I love that final moment. There’s so much going on, including this very big connection between these men, but your character still decides to end it for both of them. I read it as, while he has this pull towards Hannibal, Will knows what Hannibal would do out in the world and maybe what he would do out in the world with him.

Dancy: I think that’s what it was. I think that he comes to the realization that — I had a conversation with Bryan a few weeks before and he was still putting it together. I remember thinking… You imagine a version of that scene where Will comes out of that slaughter and he’s covered in blood and he’s distraught. “Oh my God, no! What have I done?!” The way we talked about it that seemed more powerful and true is that he comes out of it and he’s just exhilarated and he’s finally broken through to that thing Hannibal has been wishing for him and he just says, “It’s beautiful.” He loves it. And that’s the most terrifying thing. Not only do I have to end him, I have to end me as well. I thought that was a very apt way to at least wrap up, for a while, that story between the two of them.

IGN: It’s hard for us on the outside to imagine how it would continue, given that ending, but obviously Bryan has a plan for what it would be. What you know about it, is it exciting for you, just the idea of maybe getting to play that down the line?

Dancy: As I say, from what Bryan explained to me and described to me, it would be perfectly reasonable for us all to come back a few years older. I thought it was a fantastic idea, what he had envisioned. It would be quite a change in tone; not for the worse. It would almost circle back to the beginnings of the show but in kind of a mirror image and it was still drawn from the books. I was actually stoked at the idea of what that would be to play, that season or that story, and then of course we had the rug completely pulled out from under our feet… but there you go

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January 13th, 2016
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EW – The Path: Kathleen Turner stars as Hugh Dancy’s mother in exclusive first look photos

‘I think it is one of the most amazing and gifted performances I’ve ever had on a show,’ ‘The Path’ EP tells EW of Turner

In Hulu’s new series The Path (out March 30), you’ll see a familiar figure from stage and screen appear. Above and below, see exclusive photos of Tony- and Oscar-nominated actress Kathleen Turner, who pops up in episode 3 to play Brenda Roberts, mother to Hugh Dancy’s character, Cal.

“This was really one of the most amazing things,” says executive producer Jason Katims (Friday Night Lights). “I think it is one of the most amazing and gifted performances I’ve ever had on a show.”

The Path, starring Aaron Paul, Michelle Monaghan and Hugh Dancy, centers upon a family at the center of a controversial religious movement. Dancy plays Cal Roberts, the charismatic and enigmatic leader of said group, Meyerism, and when we’re introduced to his mother, audiences will start to understand a bit more of his complicated backstory. “This is one of the things I really love about what [creator] Jessica Goldberg does as a storyteller,” Katims says. “When you meet [Turner], you understand the sort of mess his childhood was and why he became a part of this movement.”

Casting Turner came about when one of the producer/directors on the show, Michael Weaver, read the script. “He said, ‘You know, I can’t keep Kathleen Turner out of my mind for this role.’ One of the things that often happen when you go after a big name to cast is that it’s something that is a process that can go on for weeks and weeks and ends in disappointment. We thought this was the perfect role and she apparently agreed. It happened very easily,” he says. “It was an amazing experience.”

It was a thrill for the cast members of The Path, too. Says Dancy, “It was a very good day when they told me that Kathleen Turner was going to be my mom,” he says. “Very.”
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January 12th, 2016
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January 09 – 2016 Winter TCA Tour – Day 5

I have added high quality images of Hugh attending Day 5 of the 2016 Winter TCA Tour promoting The Path to our photo archive.

January 9th, 2016
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The Path on Hulu Teaser Trailer #1

Watch the official first teaser trailer for the Hulu original series The Path, premiering March 30th.

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Hulu Original series The Path is a new drama from executive producer Jason Katims (Friday Night Lights, Parenthood). The Path follows a family at the center of a controversial cult movement as they struggle with relationships, faith, and power. Each episode takes an in-depth look at the gravitational pull of belief and what it means to choose between the life we live and the life we want. The Path comes to Hulu from Universal Television and Jason Katims’ True Jack Productions and was created by Jessica Goldberg who will write and executive- produce the series, along with Katims and Michelle Lee of True Jack Productions. The 10-episode series stars Aaron Paul, Michelle Monaghan and Hugh Dancy.

January 9th, 2016
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January 08, 2016 – Entertainment Weekly

I have added a scan from the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly magazine to our photo archive, thanks to my friend Claudia over at marymcdonnell.org for sending the scan our way. It features an article on The Path. I have also typed it out below the ‘read more’ link for those who might want to translate it or make quick quotes. It really is a great article!

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December 31st, 2015
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EW First Look: The Path

The Path (March 30, Hulu)
It’s an unseasonably warm December day on the set of Hulu’s new drama The Path, and deep in the woods about 90 minutes north of New York City one of its stars, Hugh Dancy, is covered head to toe in mud. “It’s getting a bit itchy,” he says with a grin. That’s pretty much all he (and we) can say as to why he’s so dirty, since part of the fun of this eerie and twisty show — about a family at the center of a controversial religious movement — is guessing what’s around the next turn. Even its actors aren’t immune: “When I got to the end of the first episode I wanted to know what comes next, which is ridiculous because I know what comes next,” Dancy says. –Sara Vilkomerson

Aaron Paul, who plays protagonist Eddie Lane, a husband and father struggling with a crisis of faith, sums things up a bit differently. “S— is about to get real messed up,” he says with a laugh. Indeed. For Paul, choosing a television project to follow the acclaimed Breaking Bad was daunting. “I was very nervous simply because I was a part of what I consider to be the best,” he says. “This is different, but it has that same excitement. When I read scripts I cannot wait to turn the page.” His TV wife, Monaghan, agrees. “It sounds weird to say about this show, but it’s felt kind of blessed.” –Sara Vilkomerson

In March, Hulu will debut The Path, a drama that follows a family at the center of a controversial religious movement. In his first big role since his award-winning turn as Jesse Pinkman in Breaking Bad, Aaron Paul portrays Eddie Lane, a convert to Meyerism suffering a crisis of faith. Click through for more exclusive photos of the eerie, twisty series, including Hugh Dancy as the movement’s unofficial leader.

Cal Roberts (Hugh Dancy)
Cal is the charismatic, unofficial leader of The Meyerist Movement.

Sarah Lane (Michelle Monaghan)
Born into a Meyerist family, Sarah Lane serves as an important figure in the movement.

Hawk Lane (Kyle Allen) and Ashley Fields (Amy Forsyth)
Hawk is Eddie and Sarah’s teenage son, and Ashley is a popular classmate of Hawk’s who is not a member of Meyerism.

Alison Kemp (Sarah Jones)
Alison is a defector of the Meyerism movement.

Alison Kemp (Sarah Jones)
Alison is a defector of the Meyerism movement.

Detective Abe Gaines (Rockmond Dunbar)
Detective Abe Gaines (Rockmond Dunbar)

Head here for more exclusive intel on The Path, from our First Look issue on stands now or available for purchase here.

Source Links: EW.com [1], EW.com [2], EW.com [3]

December 30th, 2015
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Best of 2015 (Behind the Scenes): Hannibal showrunner and stars dissect the gory, glorious series finale

‘It’s a final victory,’ Hugh Dancy says.

NBC’s Hannibal concluded this past August with a bang — or, more accurately, a splash: The season 3 (and series) finale ended with Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) and Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) falling off a cliff and presumbly into the sea far, far below after killing Francis Dolarhyde, also known as the Red Dragon.

Dancy, Mikkelsen, and showrunner Bryan Fuller called up EW to talk about the strange relationship between Will and Hannibal, what that last scene really meant, and what they want for Hannibal’s future.

On the series’ final moments

HUGH DANCY: In that final sequence, Hannibal realizes his long-held dream. By the very end, he and Will have killed someone in a kind of ritualistic, cold-blooded fashion. I remember very clearly dripping in blood, and that’s what Hannibal wanted to put it into effect between them at the end of season 2. That’s what he imagined. They go off to Europe like slaughtering people or something. And Will is acknowledging to Hannibal that it was as extraordinary an experience for him as it was for Hannibal. That’s what he’s saying. And I talked to Bryan a lot about that, that the motivation for going off the cliff at the end had to be Will’s realization, not only that this thing had happened, but that he loved it, as opposed to just, “Oh my god, what have I done? I finally arrived at this place I never wanted to be in. Oh, it’s so terrible!” It’s not that. It’s, “This is beautiful.”

MADS MIKKELSEN: [Hannibal’s] been, for three seasons, he’s been trying to make Will Graham see the light, which is [that] there is a wonderful power in killing and doing it for your own purpose. Not to protect yourself, but because you want to. And this is literally what Will is doing at this moment, and they are doing it together. They are doing it as a Bonnie and Clyde couple, which is absolutely perfect in the script that Hannibal wrote.

DANCY: It’s not a real relationship. [Laughs] It’s more, I think, exploration of things which probably we’ve all gone through one way or another, which is slightly obsessive, slightly compulsive. In a sense, it’s just like a really compelling but totally destructive relationship with anybody that you keep coming back to.

BRYAN FULLER: The last moment is [them] nuzzling each other. It actually went further than… Mads was like, “We really went for it!” and I was like, “You actually went a little too for it” because it was like, longing glances, [Laughs] curling lips, and those types of things. I sort of brought it back to the characters and their role without taking it into fan fiction territory. [Laughs]

MIKKELSEN: There is some kind of physicality all of the sudden that becomes almost erotic between them in the very end. It was as if it was impossible not to go there. We basically touched all the other bases with a relationship, and that was kind of like, this has been leading up to this all the time. Whether it’s a physical kiss or it’s just a mental kiss that is being sculpted by our physicality, that is obviously up to the viewers’ eyes, but it just felt unavoidable, that there was no way around it. I think we did a couple versions like that. [Laughs]

It’s definitely a bromance. To Hannibal, Will represents something that he has never really had before, something that is on his level in some senses. And he genuinely loves Will. He could definitely see, not necessarily in a sexual way, a family consisting of him, Will, and Abigail Hobbs. That would be an ideal way of spending the next 10 years of his life. It does not go that way, because Will unfortunately, in Hannibal’s eyes, betrayed him. It is a weird, weird relationship. As Will Graham says in one of the very first scenes they have together, he tells Hannibal that he doesn’t find him that interesting and Hannibal says, “You will.” And that’s what it’s all about. They’ve been getting closer and closer together throughout these seasons.

On the characters’ and the show’s futures

DANCY: I think there’s no question that that’s a big cliff. [Laughs] The only way Will’s ever going to destroy Hannibal is probably to destroy himself. And in that moment, the part of him that’s always fighting against the darkness inside him also thinks, not only is that the only way I’m going to kill Hannibal, it’s better that I should go too. I actually have to end both of us. So that’s what he does.

It’s a final victory. I think what happens is, right up until that last moment, essentially, Hannibal is victorious. He has engineered exactly what he wanted. He’s out of prison, he has Will with him, they’ve gone to this brutal, dark place. And Will manages to pull back a victory. I mean, it’s optimistic in a very, very narrow sense, because they just both killed someone and then jumped off a cliff. But even so. [Laughs]

It’s a very conscious reference to Sherlock Holmes and Moriarty. We all know that Sherlock Holmes came back from that. Whether I’m Sherlock or Moriarty in that equation, I don’t even know.

MIKKELSEN: They’d really have to be some super soft rocks down there if Hannibal can make it, right? On the other hand, you see Hannibal getting out of situations that nobody else could get out of it. So if there was a fourth season, we’d have to figure out how he did that. But I don’t think there’s anything supernatural about him. I think he’s mortal like the rest of us, absolutely. But for some reason, God seems to like him. [Laughs] He has a protecting hand carrying Hannibal around all the time. And that is the irony of the show. Why would God simply protect a man like this? It seems like he’s always coming up with a lucky hand.

FULLER: What I would love most about this show is for people to remember Mads Mikkelsen as the definitive Hannibal Lecter. I would love that. As much as I love Anthony Hopkins and think he is brilliant and so amazing in his portrayal as Hannibal Lecter, I am much closer to Mads Mikkelsen’s performance so it would be a great honor if the audience walked away from this series with him as Hannibal Lecter in their minds.

MIKKELSEN: As a human being, I obviously want Hannibal dead a long time ago because it’s absolutely horrendous what he’s doing, but he’s also an extremely interesting character. I would not personally want him wandering around the streets, but if he has to, I think that maybe, that [he and Will] both survived somehow and they have some kind of future friendship where they could put a lid on their urges. And that might be the best solution for the development of those two characters.

DANCY: It’s hard to believe that Hannibal would really die. Because he’s not exactly mortal. And I personally think that if Hannibal’s going to survive, he would save Will. So I don’t know. Let’s just say they’re on a beach somewhere. Drinking something out of a coconut. Or a skull.

The third season of Hannibal is now available on DVD and Blu-ray.

EW.com

December 11th, 2015
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The Path Premiere Date and Teaser Video

The Path follows a family at the center of a controversial cult as they struggle with relationships, faith and power. Each episode takes an in-depth look at the gravitational pull of belief and what it means to choose between the life we live and the life we want.

The series comes to Hulu from Universal Television and Jason Katims’ True Jack Productions and was created by Jessica Goldberg who will write and executive-produce the series, along with Katims and Michelle Lee of True Jack Productions. The 10-episode series stars Aaron Paul, Michelle Monaghan, Hugh Dancy, and Rockmond Dunbar.

December 8th, 2015
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Article Magazine – Behind The Scenes Photo

Thank you to the wonderful people over at Article Magazine, I have added a brand new BTS image to our photo archive. You can view it by clicking on the gallery link at the bottom of this post. If you would like to purchase the issue, please visit this link. Remember the issue includes 16 (gorgeous) full pages of Hugh! Interview (which is amazing by the way) and photo shoot images (literally a must have).

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December 4th, 2015
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Chow Down on a Hannibal Season 3 Deleted Scene

You can pre-order your own copy of the show’s third season, due out December 8, by clicking here.

In Hannibal Season 3, Hannibal (Mads Mikkelsen) is on the run in Europe — accompanied by his psychiatrist, Bedelia Du Maurier (Gillian Anderson) — sporting a new identity, but servicing the same insatiable appetite. As the lives of Will (Hugh Dancy) and Jack (Laurence Fishburne) converge toward Hannibal again, each with their own motivations to catch him once and for all, their deadly dance turns in startling and unexpected ways.

Hannibal Season 3 contains all 13 episodes and is loaded with special features that include select episode audio commentaries with the cast and crew, behind-the-scenes featurettes, webisodes, deleted scenes, and a gag reel. / Source

December 2nd, 2015
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