Character Study – Hannibal Edition

Character Study is my feature on the book characters some of my favourite actors have played. I meant to make this a regular thing, but you know how it goes …

Hannibal surprised me by suddenly becoming one of my favourite shows. I’ve read both Silence of the Lambs and Red Dragon by Thomas Harris, and watched almost all of the Hannibal movies. But I never intended to watch the TV show until Netflix put it into my “Suggested For You” queue. Three weeks later, I finished both seasons.

Hannibal‘s eery, yet hypnotic dreamscape sucks you right into the killer hiding in plain sight plot. The acting is pretty damn impressive, and I was inspired to look into the filmography of the three key actors: Hugh Dancy, Laurence Fishburne and Mads Mikkelsen.


Who doesn’t have a crush on Hugh Dancy? The guy is adorable! He’s cute with both an English and American accent. Married to super-talented actress Claire Danes, Clarice Starling is already cast for her Hannibal arc. Some of my favourite Hugh Dancy characters from books are:

Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009) – Luke Brandon
Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella

The Jane Austen Book Club
(2007) – Grigg Harris
The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler

Ella Enchanted (2004) – Prince Charmont
Ella Enchaned by Gail Crason Levine

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Larry Fishburne is so smooth and cool, but with depth and intelligence. He is my second favourite CSI:Crime Scene Investigation character, following William Petersen (who played Will Graham in the original Hannibal Lecter movie, Manhunter!) Some of my favourite Laurence Fishburne characters from books are:

Man of Steel (2013) – Perry White
Superman D.C. comics

Othello (1995) – Othello
Othello by William Shakespeare

Apocalypse Now (1979) – Tyrone “Clean” Miller
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

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Ever since Casino Royale, Mads Mikkelsen has had a je ne sais quois effect on me. I don’t know what it is about him, but I’m fascinated by his face, his voice and his range as an actor. He is dynamite in Hannibal; equally charming and personable, and ice cold and ruthless. Some of my favourite Mads Mikkelsen characters from books are:

The Three Musketeers (2011) – Rochefort
The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Casino Royale (2006) – Le Chiffre
Casino Royale by Iam Fleming

King Arthur (2004) – Tristan
Arthurian legends

Have you read any of these books or seen the movies? Have you watched Hannibal?


5 comments on “Character Study – Hannibal Edition

  1. jessicabookworm
    July 19, 2014

    I have not read the books but I have watched Silence of the Lambs and I love the Hannibal TV show; I am currently half way through the second series.


    • ebookclassics
      July 22, 2014

      Are you enjoying Season 2? I found it as intense as Season 1, but in a different way. What do you think about Alana Bloom? I like her character, but not necessarily as a love interest.


      • jessicabookworm
        July 22, 2014

        I am only about half way through series two but I think it is really good so far. I am looking forward to watching more! I like Alana Bloom and don’t mind her as a love interest.


  2. sodiamondwords
    July 21, 2014

    Hannibal the TV show is amazing! I’ve seen Red Dragon (terrifying) and Hannibal the movie (less terrifying but more gory) but I’ve been advised that I’ll find Silence of the Lambs too scary. The actors in the tv show are increds the plot is brilliant but the cast are what make it, they have perfect chemistry!


    • ebookclassics
      July 22, 2014

      The chemistry between the actors is really good. I think Silence of the Lambs is scary because they build-up the tension and creepiness so well. I don’t remember how gory it was, but I don’t think it was too bad.


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