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Hannibal – Hugh Dancy Interview

Amazon uploaded an interview with Hugh, you can view it at amazon by clicking here. I have also added screen captures of it to our photo archive.

May 28th, 2015

Hannibal – 3×02 Primavera – Episode Stills

I have added additional stills of Hugh in Hannibal – 3×02 Primavera to our photo archive. Thank you to for the images.

May 28th, 2015

Additional Hannibal Stills

I have added two episode stills to our photo archive from Season Three of Hannibal. Thank you to Anna for the heads up on these images and to AXN for the images.

May 27th, 2015

Hannibal – Season Three Promotional Image

I have added a new promotional image of season three as well as replaced the previous medium quality images with high quality. Thank you to for the images.

May 27th, 2015

Hugh Dancy Talks Obsession, Twisted Love and ‘Hannibal’s’ Third Season

Not many people can match wits with serial killer Hannibal Lecter, but Will Graham, played by Emmy nominee Hugh Dancy, is one of them.

The FBI profiler may have fallen prey to the charm of the good doctor (Mads Mikkelsen), but that spell wavered when he deduced his friend’s true nature. Their game of cat and mouse came to a head in “Hannibal’s” Season 2 finale that seemingly left Will, Jack (Laurence Fishburne) and Alana (Caroline Dhavernas) dead, and Hannibal jetting off to begin a new life.

On the Toronto set of NBC’s psychological thriller, Dancy sat down with journalists to discuss the aftermath of that bloodbath, Will’s state of mind in Season 3, his character’s relationship with Lecter, and the introduction of Chiyoh from the “Hannibal Rising” novel.

How is Will different after last season’s events?

Hugh Dancy: He has trouble digesting. I think he flirted as closely as he’s ever going to with that idea of joining Hannibal in some kind of buddy comedy. Whatever the dream was that they would go off into the horizon together, that was the closest he came to allowing that dream to blossom in his own mind. Now, it’s a different kind of parity that he’s got. He can’t walk away. He can’t just let Hannibal go off into the sunset. He’s got to see it through. The purpose of it is almost moot, whether it’s revenge, whether it’s reconciliation, whether it’s forgiveness.

One different approach from the movies is that every character seems to not only be attracted or fascinated by Hannibal, but they want to emulate him. Was that something you considered when preparing your character?

I think that I was always interested by the idea of influence. This is obviously taken to a huge extreme. Hannibal is highly manipulative and very interested in going inside somebody and lifting up the rug and seeing what’s underneath. It’s a little surprising how everybody in the show has the capacity to be a psychopath. Maybe there’s a fair point there about us all. I think, just on a more human level, when I was thinking about it before we started the show, that we have the capacity to be influenced by people, to let them into our bubble. We try to preserve our own sense of who we are, but at the same time, you don’t want to go through life cut off. “Great, I know exactly who I am.” You need some sway. I personally find that very interesting, the blurry edges of personality. That’s where I was coming from.

When you began reading the scripts for the third season, were there certain threads you were curious about?

I guess I was interested to know how Bryan [Fuller, series creator] would approach it. I had spoken to him, of course. “Were we going to start off back in the kitchen and everyone is still bleeding?” Secondly, knowing Hannibal is going to go on a journey, and knowing that I’m going to go after him in some way, what exactly that drive was. Of course, what Bryan did is basically not answer any of those questions. I think that the first four episodes of the season are really interesting. When I first read them, I was thinking, “What’s he doing here?”

Then it dawned on me that he is playing with time because what happened in that situation, where Hannibal slaughtered everybody almost, is still circulating for all of them. It’s still right there. It’s present in the way a traumatic event is present. The first episode where, as I think Bryan has already said, we’re off with Hannibal and Bedelia [Gillian Anderson] and having a fine time. Then, suddenly we’re back with Will, we’re back in the second episode, we’re back into this kind of circling dream world, where he’s back in the kitchen. He’s coming up to Hannibal. He’s with Abigail. He’s not with Abigail. It’s not moving forward in the normal way. The third episode is something else. The fourth episode it circles back. I think is a very bold and really provocative way to write television. I also think it means that you don’t get any answers until much later.

There is no Sherlock without Moriarty. Can we have Hannibal without Will?

I think probably, but he’d be very bored.

Can you talk about this chess game between the two characters, where they are always trying to figure out each other’s next move?

I think it’s difficult. I don’t think either of them really understand it. On the surface, it’s very clear. Initially, Will didn’t even know what he was dealing with. Then he was trying to maybe catch Hannibal. As I said, this season Will doesn’t even know what he wants anymore. He just knows he has to get Will to admit that he’s really bad and likes to kill people. Clearly, it’s not just that either. There’s a vortex that they can’t help spiraling around each other. All I will say is I think that as we get further into the season, that will get addressed very clearly.

It sounds like Will gets a partner once he arrives in Italy. Can you talk a little bit about her, their dynamic and do they have the same agenda?

To answer the last question first, this being a Bryan Fuller show, who knows? Yes, this is Chiyoh that I think you are talking about, who is Lady Murasaki’s maid servant and still is in Castle Lecter when I arrive there on my quest to essentially go back to the origin of Hannibal. She’s there kind of by choice and kind of not. She, like Will, has a very clear understanding of who Hannibal is and what he is capable of. You could say she’s torn in a similar way to Will about his character. Then we set off together in another incredibly, unlikely development of taking a train across Europe. It was great. Just really fun and off to suddenly play with different people in this very heightened little universe. Also, expect a patsy, who is obviously from the novels, but inserted here. Another person with his own agenda when it comes to going after Hannibal.

In the show, we see different kinds of pleasures: food and murder, with an underlying tone of sex. Is there sexual tension between Hannibal and Will?

There’s absolutely some form of love, twisted love, or whatever it is. The analogy I’ve always used is for Will, it’s like for his whole life he’s been not only a great chess player, but in fact the only person in the whole world who knows the rules of chess. Then another person walks in the room, who’s also a genius chess player and that sense of relief and gratitude and recognition is powerful.

There is kind of the feeling of falling in love, like, “Oh, my God. I see you. I really see you.” Of course, the fact is he doesn’t see Hannibal at that point, but, nonetheless, whatever it is between them, is there from the beginning. I think it’s platonic, but I think at a certain point it’s bigger than either of them. Hannibal wants to be more in control, but actually he’s willing to burn everything down to have contact with Will. At a certain point, that covers your whole world. I don’t think it’s sexual, but I think it’s bigger than that to be honest.

As Will, Jack and Alana close in on Hannibal, who’s really the hunter and who is the prey?

Aren’t we all both? I mean, in this show we are anyway. Nobody is only victimized, with the possible exception of Frederick Chilton.

”Hannibal” returns Thursday, June 4, at 10 p.m. ET/PT on NBC. / Read More

May 27th, 2015

Hugh Dancy Explores the Unknown on ‘Hannibal’

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There is a remarkable moment between Hugh Dancy, as Will Graham, and Mads Mikkelsen, as Hannibal Lecter, late in the second season of NBC’s bloody good “Hannibal.” Together in Lecter’s office, the doctor and his patient are beginning to face off as Will tells Hannibal that he’s fantasized of killing him.

“How would you do it?” Hannibal calmly asks.

“With my hands,” Will says. But first Dancy pauses for a length of time not typically seen on network television and certainly not on what is, at its core, a high-concept procedural. But those lulls amid the gore are one of the many things that set this stylish series apart from its network cousins.

“There are some really wonderful pauses between Mads and I,” says Dancy, who then adds with a laugh, “and broadly speaking, that’s because one of us is trying to remember the lines.”

Returning June 4 for its third season, “Hannibal” is loosely based on Thomas Harris’ 1981 novel “Red Dragon,” which first introduced readers to the cannibalistic Hannibal Lecter as a psychiatrist aiding the FBI and Will Graham from behind bars in the hunt for a serial killer. Dancy, the British heartthrob best known at the time of his casting for such films as “Confessions of a Shopaholic” and “Adam,” admits he hadn’t read the novel and “had no real understanding or conception of Will Graham as a character” when he signed on for the role.

As it happens, Will and Hannibal have limited interaction in the book, but series creator Bryan Fuller says he saw the potential to “unpack a rich and complicated story”—one that “went to the heart of a very strange male friendship.”

In Fuller’s version, Will has been deemed potentially mentally unstable and referred to psychiatrist Hannibal, who recognizes the darkness within Will and goes to great lengths to exploit his fragile mental balance, which includes luminous, terrifying fantasies and lost time.

But keeping track of the storyline, the plot twists, what is fantasy and what is reality, and whether Will is fascinated by or wants to brutally murder Hannibal, are constant and dizzying challenges for Dancy.

Because Will has “fantasies or reveries or nightmares or whatever form they might take,” as Dancy says, the actor notes it’s important to figure out where the emotion is coming from. “And not just so we can have a cool sequence or see me all covered in sweat. Or maybe both those things are great. But it’s more, like, Where’s this taking us and what’s the note we want to strike?”

Another element that needs continuous defining is the relationship between Will and Hannibal. “The headspace is so abstract in terms of where he is in relation to Hannibal at any given time,” Dancy points out. “Do they love each other? Do they hate each other? Are they just pretending? Does he know that I know that he knows? Is it a game? Is it another game?

“I mean, there was a point in the beginning where Mads and I were just basically making our best guesses based on what we knew about the episode that we were currently shooting and hoping that we wouldn’t get a scene that just convoluted us,” the actor adds.

Dancy explains Hannibal as “the still point to a turning world while Will is constantly shifting,” and while most actors on television grasp their characters eventually, Will remains a mystery to Dancy—something he hopes enhances his performance.

“A point about Will is that he doesn’t know who he is and Hannibal knows who he is; [Hannibal] may be a nasty guy, but he’s so happy. He’s much fun. He has no qualms. So if you kind of resolve that about Will, or if I felt resolved about it, I think it would become quickly redundant,” Dancy says.

But while he claims to thrive in the unknown, Fuller can attest that the actor knows more than he lets on.

“When we sat down with him, he was so insightful about the character right off the bat,” Fuller says. “He has such great ideas and insight that I end up rewriting the scenes to include a lot of his ideas because they’re so rooted in the world and in the complications of the character.

“An actor like Hugh, who really understands storytelling on many different levels, is just a great tool to have in a showrunner’s toolbox.”

As for Mikkelsen, who first worked with Dancy on 2004’s “King Arthur,” a scene partner like Dancy is invaluable when sussing out the layered material of “Hannibal.”

“We do call each other in the middle of the night and go over scenes that we have to shoot tomorrow and figure out how we can either improve them or understand them,” Mikkelsen says.

“I like to talk about the material and he likes to talk about the material, and then we both like to shut up and get on with it,” adds Dancy. “Some actors like to talk more and some like to just do it. So we have a kind of similar approach: being ready when you arrive and then being on the same page and then just throwing all that away and getting into it.”

Back in Hannibal’s office, their prep thrown away, Will has answered Hannibal and the two of them face one another. Will admits that doing bad things to bad people feels “good” but he can’t resist adding a twist to the duo’s complicated, tangled relationship. “I don’t want to kill you anymore,” he tells Hannibal. “Now that I finally find you interesting.”

For viewers, of course, “Hannibal” has never been anything but. / Read More

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May 27th, 2015

Hannibal – Happy Hunting (Promo)

May 26th, 2015

Hannibal Season 3 First Look

Are you ready for a delectable Hannibal treat? Of course you are, you’re Fannibals! We’ve got an exclusive first look at Hannibal season three and it includes—gulp—the Red Dragon. In the video below, get your first glimpse at Richard Armitage as Francis Dolarhyde, the baddie at the center of the Red Dragon tales.

Season three picks up with Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) living in Europe with Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier (Gillian Anderson). “It’s a completely new Hannibal,” Hugh Dancy, Will Graham on the series, teases.

Are you ready for a delectable Hannibal treat? Of course you are, you’re Fannibals! We’ve got an exclusive first look at Hannibal season three and it includes—gulp—the Red Dragon. In the video below, get your first glimpse at Richard Armitage as Francis Dolarhyde, the baddie at the center of the Red Dragon tales.

Season three picks up with Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) living in Europe with Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier (Gillian Anderson). “It’s a completely new Hannibal,” Hugh Dancy, Will Graham on the series, teases.

CLICK: Gillian Anderson is a pure delight while teasing The X-Files return

“I’ve killed hardly anybody during our residence,” Hannibal says. Yeah, right. But hold on, we need to talk about what is going on with Bedelia. That scene we get a glimpse of with Hannibal and Bedelia where he asks her if she’s going to observe or participate gave us chills.

“She could be as dark as Hannibal,” Anderson says. “But you don’t know.” Could be?! Our main takeaway: The more Bedelia the better.

“This was a great way to start a new season because everything is possible,” Caroline Dhavernas says. “Season three is like a blank slate.”

How cute is Richard Armitage not knowing the Red Dragon lore? Seems like he got caught up mighty quickly. Make sure to click play on the video above to get more Hannibal scoop.

The new season of Hannibal kicks off on Thursday, June 4 at 10 p.m. on NBC.

(E! and NBC are both part of the NBCUniversal family.) Source

Additional promos can be found here and here.

May 21st, 2015

Two New Hannibal AXN Promos

May 19th, 2015

Image Replacements and Additions

I have added more images to the Deadline Gallipoli album as well as replaced the Hannibal season three promotional images with higher quality. Thanks to FarFarAwaySite for these images! Please remember to like/reblog/credit them for the images! /

May 15th, 2015

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