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The 100 Greatest Movie Characters | Empire | 5. Dr. Hannibal Lecter

"I do wish we could chat longer, but I'm having an old friend for dinner." Dr. Hannibal Lecter

Played By: Sir Anthony Hopkins
Film: The Silence Of The Lambs, Hannibal, Red Dragon

Why He's On The List: A sociopath so notorious he's kept like a trophy by the prison that holds him, it's certainly not a well-kept, unimposing man you're expecting to see at the end of that dank corridor - but that's all in Thomas Harris' sublime original material. What Hopkins brings is that eerie stillness, that unnerving sense of cold, calm calculation. This is because our view of him, other than through the glass, is shaped by stories of his notoriety. All his Lecter need do therefore, is wait for you to make a mistake - and he has a lot of patience. More pure animal than human, it's never demonstrated better than through the stories of his cannibal tendencies. In Lambs, Lecter's character is dependent on a good foil, and therefore owes a significant debt to the similarly well-written Clarice. What we benefit from as an audience then, is a beautifully balanced, carefully built relationship between the two, before the story kicks up a notch and the unthinkable happens...

Finest Hour: His blood-soaked escape.

The 100 Greatest Movie Characters | Empire | 5. Dr. Hannibal Lecter
Sir Anthony Hopkins as Dr. Hannibal Lecter

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