Red Dragon (2002) Poster



Many lines of Dr. Lecter in the movie are original lines of Dr. Bloom in the book.
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Anthony Hopkins showed up on set during one of his off days, just so he could watch Philip Seymour Hoffman work. The two actors shared no scenes in the film.
Ralph Fiennes put on fifteen pounds of muscle for the role of Francis Dolarhyde.
After the film's release, Anthony Hopkins said this would be his last portrayal of Hannibal Lecter.
Ralph Fiennes' back tattoo took eight hours to apply.
Philip Seymour Hoffman insisted on actually being glued to the chair during his encounter with Dolarhyde.
Anthony Hopkins stated that one of his goals in playing Hannibal Lecter for a final time was to re-establish that he is an evil serial killer, as Hopkins believed Hannibal had come to be seen too much as a likable anti-hero by audiences.
Edward Norton says he took every penny from what he made on this film to finance his other film, 25th Hour (2002).
The Leeds' house previously appeared in Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986).
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.
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. Director 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.
Anthony Hopkins, Anthony Heald and Frankie Faison all reprise their roles from earlier films in the series. Faison is the only one to have appeared in all of the first four Thomas Harris "Hannibal" adaptations, having also appeared in Manhunter (1986) (albeit in a different role).
The painting on Byron Metcalf's wall is a portrait of John Wilkes Booth.
When asked to reprise his role of the film, Anthony Heald was not sure if he would 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.
Paul Bettany was offered the role of Francis Dolarhyde.
Michael Jackson lobbied for the role of Dolarhyde.
Frank Langella recorded lines as the Voice of the Dragon, but his dialogue was later cut.
Ethan Hawke was the first choice to play Will Graham.
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.
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).
Jack Black was considered for the role of Freddy Lounds.
During filming, Michael Jackson made a surprise visit to the set. He and director Brett Ratner had known each other since Ratner's music video career.
Both Sean Penn and Nicolas Cage were considered for the role of Dolarhyde.
Will Graham shares only four scenes with Hannibal Lecter. This is the same number of scenes Clarice Starling shares with Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs (1991).
Edward Norton's hair was slightly bleached, as his character lives in a sunny climate, which would make his hair lighter in color.
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.
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.
The costume designer ordered the Dolarhyde clothing from mail-order catalogs to reflect the character's loner personality, as though he would order clothes this way himself in order to avoid human contact as much as possible.
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In the Italian version of the film, Harvey Keitel is voiced by Ennio Coltorti, who played Commissioner Ricci in Hannibal (2001).
The musician that Hannibal sees playing badly, and later serves to his dinner guests, is meant to be Benjamin Raspail, whose head Clarice Starling finds in The Silence of the Lambs (1991). In that film, Hannibal tells Clarice that he did not kill Raspail, merely "tucked him away, much as I found him." This is not a discrepancy in the book. Hannibal admits to having killed Raspail. The head in the jar was another man named Klaus.
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).
The BTK Killer, in which the Dolarhyde character is based on, was captured in 2005.
Many actors from this film have also worked with the original Hannibal Lecter, Brian Cox. Anthony Hopkins and Mary-Louise Parker appeared with Cox in RED 2 (2013), Edward Norton and Philip Seymour Hoffman in 25th Hour (2002), Emily Watson in The Boxer (1997) and The Water Horse (2007), and Ralph Fiennes in Coriolanus (2011).
Michael Bay was offered the chance to direct to the film.
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.
Brett Ratner's first choice for the role of Reba was Téa Leoni.
Jeremy Piven auditioned for the role of Dolarhyde.
Director Brett Ratner originally wanted Michael Mann, the director of Manhunter (1986), to do a cameo as a taxi driver. Mann's next film, Collateral (2004), featured Jamie Foxx playing a cab driver.
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."
During shooting of the opening classical concert scene, one of the extras in the audience was conducting along with the actual conductor, requiring a retake.
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Jewish cast and crew members celebrated Passover during the filming of external shots of the climactic scenes at the Dolarhyde house.
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The film cast includes three Oscar winners, Anthony Hopkins, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Ellen Burstyn (the latter has an uncredited role), and five Oscar nominees, Edward Norton, Ralph Fiennes, Emily Watson, Lalo Schifrin and Harvey Keitel.
Mary Louise Parker and Anthony Heald both appeared in The Client (1994) and, just like in this film, neither of them shared any scenes together.
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Brett Ratner directed Rush Hour 2 (2001) directly previous to directing Red Dragon (2002). In Rush Hour 2 (2001), the main villain's yacht and new casino in Las Vegas are both named "The Red Dragon."
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.
Emily Watson's role was previously played by Joan Allen. Allen played the wife of Daniel Day-Lewis's character in The Crucible (1996), while Watson played his wife in The Boxer (1997), opposite the original Hannibal, Brian Cox. Edward Norton appeared with Allen in The Bourne Legacy (2012), while Anthony Hopkins appeared with her in Nixon (1995).
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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.
Edward Norton worked with Scott Glenn, the previous Jack Crawford, in The Bourne Legacy (2012). Harvey Keitel worked with Jodie Foster (Clarice Starling) in Taxi Driver (1976).
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The previous film, Hannibal (2001), was directed by Ridley Scott. Harvey Keitel appeared in Scott's first film, The Duellists (1977), and subsequently in Thelma & Louise (1991).
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Two Jack Crawfords (Scott Glenn in Silence of The Lambs and Keitel in Red Dragon) were cast in Apocalypse Now: Glenn as Colby and Keitel as Willard (famously replaced by Martin Sheen). Laurence Fishbourne (Jack Crawford from the TV series Hannibal) also appeared in Apocalypse Now as Tyrone Miller.
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Edward Norton and Ken Leung previously starred together in Keeping the Faith (2000) with Ben Stiller.
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The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

During the scene where Will Graham (Edward Norton) realizes that Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) is the killer he is looking for, Lecter stabs him with a knife, but Graham fends him off with an arrowhead. This may be a subtle reference to how Hannibal was exposed in the novel. One of his victims was found horribly mutilated with multiple stab wounds. Graham discovers that the victim has a scar from an old wound that was caused by an arrow, and finds out that Hannibal Lecter was the physician who had treated the wound. Graham visits Lecter a few times in the hope that Lecter may be able to provide a helpful lead. During one visit, he notices an illustration in one of Lecter's books, depicting a man with the exact same stab wounds as the victim, which makes him realize that Lecter himself is the killer. However, just as in the movie, Lecter surprises Graham and nearly stabs him to death.

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