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Hopkins Claims Liking Lecter Is OK

1 October 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Moviegoers worried about their admiration for Dr Hannibal Lecter can rest easy - Sir Anthony Hopkins says it's OK to like the serial killer. As Red Dragon - the prequel to The Silence Of The Lambs - hits cinema screens, the Welsh acting legend has spoken out about the strange fascination with his character. Hopkins says, "We admire him in a secret way. He represents the unspeakable part of ourselves, the fantasy, desires and dark areas of our lives that are slightly unacceptable to us, but actually healthy, if only we acknowledge them. Perhaps, we'd like to be as daredevil as him. But admiring him doesn't mean we're deeply disturbed, sick people. It means that we're human." Hopkins, who is reprising his role as the Chianti loving cannibal for the third time, believes that the escapism afforded by cinema is often coupled with universal truths about the nature of man. He says, "We're all flawed, deeply damaged, imperfect beings. We're corruptible, shabby, grubby, great magnificent and all the rest of it. That's why we like watching Hitchcock's Psycho, Jaws and going on rollercoasters. We like to be thrilled, entertained, frightened. We like to see Dirty Harry say, 'Make my day' and see the bad guy get his just desserts." »

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Hedren Found Hitchcock 'Obsessive'

27 August 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Psycho director Alfred Hitchcock was a bizarre and obsessive individual according to The Birds star Tippi Hedren. The British director was besotted by Hedren, mother of Melanie Griffith, and made her life difficult on the set of the many movies they worked on together. Hedren recalls that at first, "I loved working with him. But he became obsessed with me and couldn't take his eyes off me. He would tell me what to eat, and ask who I was dating. I didn't tell him anything about my life because he was the kind of person who would find out what buttons to push to make you upset. He would say things to me that were very upsetting. His wife Alma would say to me, 'I'm so sorry, Tippi.' Everyone on set knew, but no one talked about it." »

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