Hannibal (Francis Dolarhyde) (2015)

In 2015, Richard joined the critically acclaimed television series, Hannibal, for its 6 final episodes (8–13) as the novel’s well-known protagonist, Francis Dolarhyde aka The Tooth Fairy, a serial killer whose target is families. The episodes are based on the character created by Thomas Harris in his novel, The Red Dragon, a prequel to the successful novel and film, Silence of the Lambs. The episodes aired in America from 25 July, 2015; it was moved to Saturday nights mid-season as NBC reacted to its falling ratings. Richard was awarded an Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA (Saturn) Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the series and a Fangoria Chainsaw Award for Best TV Supporting Actor, in 2016 and was nominated for, but did not win, a Critics’ Choice Award for Best Guest Actor/Actress in a Drama Series in 2016. The series has won several Saturn awards, including Best Action/Thriller Television Series in 2016, and Best Network Television Series in 2015, and Best Network Television Series Release in 2012, and has been nominated and won several industry awards for direction, editing cinematography and acting.

 

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Production

Executive Producer
Martha De Laurentis

Directors
Neil Marshall (epi 8, The Great Red Dragon)
John Dahl (epi 9, And the Woman Clothed with the Sun)
Guillermo Navarro (epi 10, And the Woman Clothed in Sun; epi 12, The Number of the Beast is 666)
Michael Rymer (epi 11, And the Beast from the Sea; epi 13, The Wrath of the Lamb)

Writers
Bryan Fuller (developed for television)
Nick Antosca
Steve Lightfoot
Jeff Vlaming
Helen Shang
Don Mancini
Angela LaMannaFrancis5a

Cast
Mads Mikkelsen – Hannibal Lecter
Hugh Dancy – Will Graham
Caroline Dhavernas – Dr Alana Bloom
Gillian Anderson –Dr Bedelia Du Maurier
Laurence Fishburn – Jack Crawford
Aaron Abrams – Brian Zeller
Scott Thompson – Jimmy Price
Nine Arianda – Molly Graham
Richard Armitage – Francis Dolarhyde
Rutina Wesley – Reba McClane
Zachary Quinto – Neal Frank
Trudy Weiss – Grandmother Dolarhyde
Raul Esparza – Dr Frederick Chilton
Lara Jean Chorostecki – Freddie Lounds

 

I got a senFrancis2ase of a man that was very uncomfortable in his own skin and was trying to shed his own skin and become something more powerful and greater than he really was, and that was the starting point and it became a theme running through … all of the character to the point when I actually did put on a new skin, which was the dragon, the beginning of the dragon’s creation … (Hannibal Comic Con San Diego Panel #2 – Bryan Fuller, Hugh Dancy, Martha De Laurentiis, Richard Armitage (July 11, 2015))

 

Francis4aI actually don’t find the William Blake paintings particularly disturbing. I think they’re really quite celebratory and, and marvelous, but I’ve used Francisco Goya’s Saturn painting a number of times for different roles. There’s just something about that image which comes back into my head frequently, like a piece of music that you rely on to stimulate a response, and that’s the picture for me, and actually used it for Red Dragon as well – as the Blake. (Hannibal Comic Con San Diego Panel #2 – Bryan Fuller, Hugh Dancy, Martha De Laurentiis, Richard Armitage (July 11, 2015))

 

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I think my lingering memory of behind the scenes is being in the make-up truck with Katie Brennan and Carolla, her assistant, who applied the full-body tattoo on a number of occasions and were both knelt at my naked backside painting, painting the crack. (laughter) Um … and then at the end of the day having to scrub it off with, with hot towels and being very intimate with those two wonderful people. (laughter and applause) Not that intimate, but … (laughter and applause) (Hannibal Comic Con San Diego Panel #2 – Bryan Fuller, Hugh Dancy, Martha De Laurentiis, Richard Armitage (July 11, 2015))