Three decades ago the story of FBI detective apprentice Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) was released, trying to decipher the mind of serial killer Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) in order to catch another criminal. The film shot in 1991 swept the Oscars and, this time, the actors met in a virtual conversation that Variety organized for ‘Actors on Actors’. In short, the two could meet in a theater, nominated by the Academy. “I have not spoken with you since I saw The Father (2020), which is an extraordinary movie,” Foster told him about the drama that he stars in the skin of a man facing Alzheimer’s. “My mom had dementia and we took care of her for years. It taught us a lot about the brain and the human spirit. “
For Hopkins, only two scripts have marked him throughout his career: The silence of the inocents And the father. “It sounds very cheesy, but it has made me very aware now of how precious life is and how we hold ourselves inside something so mysterious. For me, life is a kind of dream. It has me aware of something else. That life is much more powerful than we begin to understand ”.
The actress replied that she is clearly the “most human character you could play.” Hopkins has also been inspired by the troubled relationship with his father. “What surprised me was that my own father was in me. I’m always on her (Olivia Colman, her fictional daughter), scolding her. My father was like this while he was dying, because he was afraid. He’s not bad, just irascible, scared. And it is painful to see that. I knew how to play it because I had seen my own father go through it 40 years before. And you think about the hopelessness, the emptiness, the sadness of everything and knowing that none of us will come out of this alive. “
The Silence of the Lambs
Reading the title, Hopkins thought it was a children’s story. “The script arrived and I started reading it. After 10 pages, I called my agent. I said, ‘Is this a real offer?’ I want to know. This is the best part I have read. (Jonathan Demme, the director) was a wonderful guy to work with. I couldn’t believe my luck and was afraid to talk to you. I thought, ‘She just won an Oscar.’
Both recalled the most talked about scene in the now cult film. Jodie foster -Who had just won a best actress statuette for The Accussed- and he didn’t talk as much before rehearsals. “Lots of weird people (the other prisoners, while Clarice goes to meet Lecter). And Jonathan said, ‘How do you want them to see you? Do you want to be reading or painting or lying down? ‘ I said, “I would like to stand there. I can smell it coming down the hall. ” The actress describes it as a haunting setting. “All different prisoners, very dark and in a bad mood, and suddenly we come to Lecter: it’s very bright and kind of two-dimensional lighting.”
After recalling The Silence of the Innocents, Hopkins praised the career of his colleague who in The Mauritanian (2020) plays a lawyer who struggles to free her innocent client from her cell in Guantanamo Bay. “I have directed. I don’t think I have the skills that you have. I enjoy being directed more than directing ”. Before saying “bye, Dr. Lecter! See you! ”, The actress summed up three decades. “I felt like I never had the personality of an actor. To my chagrin, it is neither natural nor easy. I am a chess player. Acting was something my family’s profession, which I fell into. I think it’s good for someone like me, who lives in his head a lot, to get out of my head and have to live in my body. And I think that benefited me as a person. “