Red Dragon (2002) Poster



Anthony Hopkins showed up on set during one of his off days just so he could watch Philip Seymour Hoffman work. The two of them shared no scenes in the film.
Edward Norton says he took every penny from what he made on this film to finance 25th Hour (2002).
Ralph Fiennes' back tattoo took eight hours to apply.
After the release Anthony Hopkins said this would be his last portrayal of Hannibal Lecter.
When Will Graham first encounters Hannibal Lecter in the asylum, it was originally written that Graham would show his fear of Lecter. However, Edward Norton pointed out that Graham was a seasoned and veteran agent who would never show his fear to Lecter. Brett Ratner then suggested that Graham would be afraid, but wouldn't show it, and they came up with the idea of Graham having massive armpit sweat stains following his encounter with Lecter.
Philip Seymour Hoffman insisted on actually being glued to the chair during his encounter with Dolarhyde.
The Leeds' house previously appeared in Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)
Ralph Fiennes put on fifteen pounds of muscle for the role of Francis Dolarhyde.
Both Sean Penn and Nicolas Cage were considered for the role of Dolarhyde.
Ethan Hawke was the first choice to play Will Graham.
Paul Bettany was offered the role of Francis Dolarhyde.
Jack Black was considered for the role of Freddy Lounds.
Brett Ratner originally wanted Michael Mann, the director of Manhunter (1986), to do a cameo as a taxi driver.
Edward Norton's hair was slightly bleached, as his character lives in a sunny climate, which would make his hair lighter in color.
After finding out that Dolarhyde knows where he lives, Will brings his family to a horse and sheep ranch, a reference to the story of Clarice's childhood in The Silence of the Lambs (1991).
Many lines of Dr. Lecter in the movie are original lines of Dr. Bloom in the book.
Anthony Hopkins, Anthony Heald and Frankie Faison all reprise their roles from earlier films in the series. Faison is the only one of them to have appeared in all of the first four Thomas Harris "Hannibal" adaptations, having also appeared in Manhunter (1986) (albeit in a different role).
Frank Langella recorded lines as the Voice of the Dragon, but his dialogue was later cut.
In William Blake's "Great Red Dragon" series of paintings, there are two with very similar names. The novel "Red Dragon," by Thomas Harris, uses the title of one painting ("The Great Red Dragon and the Woman Clothed with the Sun"), but in describing the image, gives a description of another ("The Great Red Dragon and the Woman Clothed in the Sun"). Due to the muddled reference, the first adaptation of the the novel, Manhunter (1986) (dir: Michael Mann), Francis Dolarhyde is obsessed with the painting that Harris cites by name, while this film features the painting as described by Harris, which is a back view of the dragon with his tail wrapped around the woman.
Michael Jackson lobbied for the role of Dolarhyde.
During filming, Michael Jackson made a surprise visit to the set. He and director Brett Ratner have known each other since Ratner's music video career.
The painting on Byron Metcalf's wall is a portrait of John Wilkes Booth.
Michael Bay was offered the chance to direct to the film.
The establishing shot of the Baltimore State Hospital for the Criminally Insane was re-used from The Silence of the Lambs (1991), as the building was no longer available for filming.
Harvey Keitel's role was previously played by Scott Glenn in The Silence of the Lambs (1991). Keitel and Glenn appeared together in Puerto Vallarta Squeeze (2004). They are also both former U.S. Marines.
Director of photography Dante Spinotti also filmed the movie Manhunter (1986), which was the first adaptation of the novel "Red Dragon". Director Brett Ratner, who had previously worked with Spinotti on The Family Man (2000), so wanted him to shoot this movie that he delayed principal photography so that Spinotti could finish shooting Pinocchio (2002).
When asked to reprise his role of the film, Anthony Heald wasn't sure if he'd be able to. Tim Roth became a candidate for a younger Dr. Chilton and negotiations began. At the last second, Heald became available. Interestingly enough, Roth was also considered as a possible replacement for Anthony Hopkins in Hannibal (2001), had Hopkins declined.
Screenwriter Ted Tally was unaware that Frankie Faison would reprise his role of Barney, and indicated that he would have elaborated on Faison's role if he had known.
With the exception of the pre-title prologue, all three returning cast members (Anthony Hopkins, Anthony Heald and Frankie Faison) are seen only in the confines of the hospital.
Many actors from this film have also worked with the original Hannibal Lecter, Brian Cox. Anthony Hopkins and Mary-Louise Parker appeared with him in RED 2 (2013). Edward Norton and Philip Seymour Hoffman appeared with him in 25th Hour (2002). Emily Watson appeared with him in The Boxer (1997) and The Water Horse (2007). Ralph Fiennes appeared with him in Coriolanus (2011).
In the Italian version of the film, Harvey Keitel is voiced by Ennio Coltorti, who played Commissioner Ricci in Hannibal (2001).
Jeremy Piven auditioned for the role of Dolarhyde.
Brett Ratner's first choice for the role of Reba was Téa Leoni.
The novel 'Red Dragon' by Thomas Harris was first published in 1981, ten years before Anthony Hopkins was cast as Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs (1991). Nevertheless, it would seem that Welshman Hopkins was destined to play Lecter as the emblem on the flag of Wales is of a large red dragon on a green and white field. In the Welsh language, the flag's name is "Y Ddraig Goch," meaning literally The Red Dragon.
Harvey Keitel is playing a character originally played by Dennis Farina in Manhunter (1986). In Get Shorty (1995), Keitel played Farina's character during the 'movie within a movie'.
At the end of Hannibal Lecter's note in the Tattler to the Tooth Fairy, it says "Bless you, 666." 666 is the mark of the Beast in the Book of Revelation.

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