Friday, May 29, 2015

Richard Armitage Praised By 'Hannibal' Showrunner

by Patricia D ⋅ Posted on May 29th, 2015 at 4:10pm

Richard Armitage in 'Hannibal' (NBC)
Richard Armitage in 'Hannibal' (NBC)

When fans found out that British actor Richard Armitage would be playing the Francis Dolarhyde, the Red Dragon, in Season 3 of Hannibal they were super excited and now we are hearing how much Bryan Fuller, the showrunner, loved working with Richard.

The Armitage Army had no doubt that their idol could undertake this challenging role and it appears they were right. In a recent interview to promote Hannibal, Fuller sang Richard's praises.

When he was cast in the show -- which stars Mads Mikkelsen, as the lead character, Gillian Anderson as Hannibals's psychotherapist Bedelia Du Maurier, and Hugh Dancy who plays the serial killer hunter Will Graham -- Richard Armitage really didn't know who the feared Red Dragon was.

In an interview with Den of Geek, the showrunner discusses Armitage's role in depth.

"Oh! I can’t speak highly enough about the man as a professional and how he has brought this character to life in such a unique way. The tragedy of Francis Dolarhyde in the literature, I find to be so poignant and so romantic—you have this man who is capable of horrible things in that he’s a murderer of families, yet he is eloquent enough to take a blind woman on a date to the zoo where she can’t see the animals, but he has arranged for her to feel the animals—it’s one of the most romantic things I’ve ever read, ever!"

"To be able to allow the audience to meet that man first and see the tragedy of his situation and then be exposed to the horrors of what he is capable of, and then be able to return again to the story of a tortured man whose mind is eating him from the inside out, takes a very particular actor to navigate and garner sympathy from the audience."


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