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Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter: 5 Quotes About Iconic Role

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Anthony Hopkins is famous for many roles throughout his successful career, but he is perhaps best known for his role as Hannibal Lecter, the horrifying villain in "The Silence of the Lambs." Just when Hopkins was disillusioned with Hollywood and ready to take his acting back to the stage in London, according to Destination Hollywood, he landed the role of Hannibal Lecter, a role that took his career to the next level.

These five quotes about this iconic role reveal the impact of Hopkins' performance:

1. “I thought that in that movie "The Elephant Man," that he was the ultimate good doctor, just the greatest doctor of all. So my thinking was, what happens if the greatest doctor of all goes wrong?”
Jonathan Demme, director of "The Silence of the Lambs," on his casting choice of Hopkins

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2. "It has been a good long while since I have felt the presence of Evil so manifestly demonstrated as in the first appearance of Anthony Hopkins in "The Silence of the Lambs." He stands perfectly still in the middle of his cell floor, arms at his sides, and we sense instantly that he is not standing at attention, he is standing at rest — like a savage animal confident of the brutality coiled up inside him. His speaking voice has the precision of a man so arrogant he can barely be bothered to address the sloppy intelligence of the ordinary person. The effect of this scene is so powerful that it underlies all the rest of the movie, lending terror to scenes that do not even involve him."
Roger Ebert, film critic

3.  “I knew it was one of those parts. Lecter was that guy at the top of the stairs, the guy in the corner, the bogeyman — those things that frighten you in your nightmares.”
Anthony Hopkins

4. "Oh, I think it’s a great American classic. It will stand out for years to come, there’s something very timeless about it. All of us probably did the best work of our life in that movie and our great fear is that we will never be as good.”
Jodie Foster, co-star

5. "Hannibal, as grandly played by Mr. Hopkins, is a most seductive psychopath, a fellow who listens to the "Goldberg Variations" and can sketch the Duomo from memory. It's not his elegant tastes that attract Clarice, and certainly not his arrogant manner or his death's-head good looks. His smile is frosty, and his eyes never change expression. It's his mind that draws her to him. It pierces and surprises. Hannibal is one movie killer who is demonstrably as brilliant and wicked as he is reported to be. "
Vincent Canby, The New York Times

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Anthony Hopkins is perhaps best known for his role as Dr. Hannibal Lecter in "The Silence of the Lambs." But Hopkins nearly left Hollywood to return to the London stage before landing the role of Hannibal Lecter, which he would turn into an iconic screen villian and an Oscar-winning performance.
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