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Anthony Hopkins Took Silence Of The Lambs For A Kid’s Film

Anthony Hopkins’ legendary performance as Hannibal Lecter in Silence of the Lambs is one of the greatest in the history of cinema. It also gave him the record for the shortest amount of screen time to win an Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role, which was something around 16 minutes if I remember correctly.

The actor recently spoke with Variety and talked about how, based on the film’s title, he originally thought it was a children’s movie. You can check out what the Hollywood legend had to say be

 “My agent sent a script. He said, “Why don’t you read this? It’s called Silence of the Lambs.” I said, “Is it a children’s story?” It was a hot summer afternoon, and the script came over and I started reading it. After 10 pages, I phoned my agent. I said, “Is this a real offer? I want to know. This is the best part I’ve ever read.” I read the rest of the script, and [director] Jonathan [Demme] came over on a Saturday afternoon and we had dinner. And I said, “Is this for real?” And he said, “Yeah.” I said, “OK.” He was such a wonderful guy to work with. I couldn’t believe my luck, and I was scared to speak to you [Foster]. I thought, “She just won an Oscar.”

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Hopkins was incredibly frightening in the role. And the back and forth between him and fellow Oscar winner Jodie Foster was amazing. Along with the Academy Award-winning performances from both, the film itself stands as one of the best of all-time.

What are your thoughts on this bit of Silence of the Lambs trivia? Let us know in the comments down below!

Source: Variety.

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