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Who Silence Of The Lambs Almost Cast As Hannibal Lecter


It's impossible to picture anyone other than Sir Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter in The Silence Of The Lambs. Just try. You can't. But, that was almost the case. Because Gene Hackman was originally so interested in playing Hannibal Lecter, that he not only bought the rights to Thomas Harris' novel, but he wanted to direct the film, as well. Gene Hackman was one of the only individuals in Hollywood interested in buying The Silence Of The Lambs because Manhunter, the Michael Mann adaptation of Harris' original book, Red Dragon, which had Brian Cox in the lead role, had been ...
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