Anthony Hopkins. In this episode, Hopkins looks back on his iconic role as Hannibal Lecter in Silence of the Lambs, speaks about his “odd” relationship with co-star Jodie Foster, and gives his brutally honest opinion on actors as a whole.
In this latest conversation, the Oscar-winner discusses how he improvised Hannibal Lecter’s infamous salivating sound in Silence of the Lambs, “I put that in on that day on the film set with Jodie Foster. I did that as an improv just in that moment, I didn’t intend to do it…. I didn’t intend it to become a centerpiece. It’s all an accident… I know what’s creepy, not because I’m creepy, but I do know what’s creepy. There’s something about, in my nature, something in my dark, subconscious mind I guess, that knows what’s creepy, what scares people. Quietness really scares people. Holding a stare scares people. And the quieter you get the more frightening you become.”