Kathie Lee & Hoda: Hugh Dancy Hannibal Review
Hannibal is premiering tonight on NBC and everyone is excited about this prequel to Silence of the Lambs. Kathie Lee said she watched the first episode right before coming on the show today and she said the first eppisode is really “rough.”
The TV series follows Hugh Dancy, who plays the character of Will Graham, a detective with the police who has a keen sixth sense that allows him to step into the shoes of the killers he investigates. When his boss thinks he needs to see a psychiatrist to help him with his ability, he calls in Dr. Hannibal Lector to be Graham’s psychiatrist.
“This is creepy, chilling subject matter,” said Dancy when describing the show.
He said a lot of the story revolves around his character’s strange ability and how he deals with his sixth sense. He said his character can literally step right into the mind of the killer and watch himself commit the crime, from the beginning to the end. He said his character then has to struggle with what he has done in his mind and the possibility of his ability forcing him to kill for real. Dancy said he prepared for the role by reading the Thomas Harris novels about Hannibal Lector, especially Red Dragon since it is the novel his character shows up in.
Kathie Lee & Hoda: Hannibal Uses Violence As a Means Of Context
Kathie Lee brought up the real life story of the cannibal cop in New York City and asked Dancy if he thought the show was promoting the culture of violence in America. He said he would personally not work on any show that is violent for the sake of being violent. Although Hannibal has violence in the show, Dancy said the violence is used as context in the series and is used to move the story along. He also added the show is not just about violence. It is more about the consequences of what happens on the show.