Hannibal: NBC wanted Hugh Grant or John Cusack as Dr Lecter

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NBC’s poorly rated Hannibal lasted three brilliant seasons before he finally got the hang of it, and in a new interview creator Bryan Fuller, who recently shared some ideas for a possible fourth season, opened up on how he got there. beaten to launch the relatively unknown Mads Mikkelsen. the role of Dr. Hannibal Lecter while NBC wanted a bigger name, in the sense of what they did with James Spader and The Blacklist. Speaking to Collider, Fuller said, “There was a difference of opinion on what a mainstream TV network would want as a leading man and what we would want as an actor playing Hannibal Lecter to play that character. . “‘I think the network wanted someone who was a lot more poppy, a lot more mainstream, a lot more American I think in some ways,” Fuller said. “It was just that they were thinking, ‘Okay, how do we get the biggest audiences for our TV show? We have to choose John Cusack as Hannibal Lecter and everyone will listen because it won’t be surprising? ‘ I was like, “Go ahead, make an offer. “”

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Fuller shared that every time NBC suggests a name, it suggests making an offer. An offer he knew would be rejected. “I would say ‘Mads Mikkelsen’ and they would say ‘No, what about Hugh Grant?’ and I was like, “Great, make an offer, he’s going to say no,” then they make an offer and he says no, and I’m like, “What about Mads Mikkelsen? and they’d be like, “Well, what about John Cusack?” And I was like ‘Great, make an offer he’s going to say no’ and they would make an offer and he would say no and I was like, ‘What about Mads Mikkelsen?’ “The casting of Mads Mikkelsen, according to Fuller, then prompted marketers to more or less disconnect from the show. But that, in turn, gave the Hannibal team a lot more creative freedom. “They kind of gave up a bit because we were throwing a European like the face of [a show] they wanted to be more accessible, ”he said. I felt they were right for their reasons but wrong for my reasons. ”

“And so the gift of that, the gift of launching Mads Mikkelsen, is that their investment in the show has gone down dramatically,” Fuller continued, “and it got us doing a lot of things that we wouldn’t have. could do if they said, “No, this show needs 10 million people to watch it every week.” Because then we really had to be tied to some parameters of the storytelling that were going to fit into a mainstream audience. So Mads was the gift that allowed us to tell the story the way we wanted to tell it, because the network was like, ‘Well that’s not the person we wanted and we don’t really see him in that role’ , and we were like, “Okay, let us do the show.” ”In other TV news, you can read IGN’s review of The Umbrella Academy: Season 2 (with an explanation of the ending if you’re already done), as well as everything we know about The Witcher’s prequel series. , Blood Origin.
Matt Fowler is a writer for the IGN and a member of the Television Critics Association. Follow him on Twitter at @TheMattFowler and Facebook at Facebook.com/MattBFowler.

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