You know what disturbs me? Fangirls of Hannibal. That is not sexy. It’s not supposed to be sexy. Mads Mikkelsen, sure; he’s quite dashing in his own way – but Hannibal Lecter? He’s evil, simply put. He fits into no psychological profile like “psychopath” or “sociopath” – he’s that level of evil. It’s generally acknowledged that he is incredibly intelligent, and yeah, he has great taste in everything from his suits, to the wine he drinks, the food he cooks (when it isn’t people), the music he listens to, and the art he experiences. But he is a serial killer. A cannibalistic serial killer. He is, in Mads Mikkelsen’s words, “the devil”. And that’s what I like about Brian Fuller and Mikkelsen’s portrayal – they acknowledge very clearly his interests in what makes us all human – and his own lack of humanity. But for the sake of everything on God’s green Earth, he’s not someone to look up to, in any way!
Don’t get me wrong; the character fascinates me. Always has, ever since I first watched “Silence of the Lambs” (when I was more than likely too young to have watched such a film). This fascination has nothing to do with the man, however. I don’t love what he does, I don’t love the choices he makes, I don’t love the type of person he is. It’s simply an excellentcharacter. The American Film Institute voted him the number one movie villian back when Hopkins was portraying him. He’s been, for a very long time, the bad guy everyone enjoys as a bad guy. “The villian everyone loves to hate.” He is a character who is “bad” – but he is incredibly complex in this. He’s not your regular baddie. He has layers, and he has a deep intelligence behind every move he makes. This doesn’t make those actions good, or reputable. His intelligence on it’s own certainly could be, but he misuses it in such a way that I’m hesitant to repeat “reputable” anywhere else in this post.
What prompted this post were some comments on the recently released Season 2 peek of Fuller’s “Hannibal” TV show. Here are a few examples from that and various other instances ‘Fannibals’ have gone a little too far:
- “I’m very aroused by this.” (Seriously? Does this not disturb anyone else?)
- “My body is ready.” (Numerous people have posted this – maybe it’s a joke I’ve missed. Doesn’t make it less creepy.)
- A rather large amount of people ogling over Hannibal disheveled and bloody – which, by the way, appears to be during a scene in which he is attempting to murder Jack Crawford with a butcher knife.
- All those reposts of that clip involving the door. (They know which scene I’m talking about.)
Maybe it’s Mikkelsen’s fault. Darn you, Mads, for being so good looking! Because he is, really – especially when he’s cooking (and if you ignore the blatant fact that it’s people he’s cooking up most of the time). Mads Mikkelsen has made Hannibal Lecter entirely too handsome. And that’s scary.
Here’s a picture to prove my point (and perfect! – no people parts in sight!):
All this being said, I am very much looking forward to the new season starting up in February in a very normal, non-squealing, non-ogling way. It’s an intelligent, dark, mystery that makes you question your own humanity sometimes. It digs into the psychology of human beings, it’s cinematographically beautiful (when it’s not super gross – which, kudos, for being able to gross me out), and, again, Mads Mikkelsen.
I’ll fangirl over Mads-the-actor. But I will not fangirl over Hannibal, and I will not fangirl over Mads-as-Hannibal. So, that’s me. Does anyone else enjoy the show for it’s quality, and not just over a pretty cannibalistic serial killer?
This photo kind of shows what I mean – it’s gross and disturbing, but that shot is beautiful:
> [By the way… here’s a link to that sneak peek. Because despite the reputation of some people, I do very much enjoy this TV show. Just please, don’t call me a Fannibal.] <