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All You Want - Or Need - To Know About This Bizarre Movie
ccthemovieman-1 from United States
1 August 2007
This 76-minute behind-the-scenes documentary is broken into five
sections: Development, Production, Special-Makeup Effects, Music and
Reaction. They all run anywhere from 13 to 21 minutes apiece to give a
comprehensive look at this controversial film dealing with the infamous
fictional serial killer "Hannibal Lecter."
PRODUCTION - For Dino DeLaurentis and his daughter Martha, things
didn't look too good at the start. They were dying to make the movie
but their direction Jonathan Demme, who did "Silence Of the Lambs"
didn't want any part of this and neither did the star actor, Anthony
Hopkins. Mr. Hopkins during this time, you may recall, announced in
1998 he was through with acting. He also read Tom Harris's' book
"Hannibal" and thought it was "too bizarre." Yet, things worked out as
Ridley Scott was talked into reading the book and loved it and agreed
to director, and Hopkins changed his mind when he knew they had another
great director and a tremendous screenwriter in Steve Z, whom
DeLaurentis said "is the best writer in the industry."
They weren't able to retain the services of the other costar of
"Silence," Jodie Foster, but were pleased to get Julianne Moore for the
role. Hopkins favored her among five leading candidates because he had
prior filming experience with her, and liked her.
In another interesting note, Hopkins was shown signing autographs as
the Italian crowd all swarmed him. "I fee like Mick Jagger or Sting,"
PRODUCTION - This dealt with the city of Florence is just magnificent,
with its centuries-old architecture, Tuscan hills in the background,
just a beautiful place. Actress Francesca Neri said it "is really the
heart of Italy." Filming there was made difficult because of all the
tourists. "There are more tourists there, literally, than residents,"
They also showed some interesting shots of the infamous scene in which
Ray Liotta's character is having his brains eaten. Liotta had to make a
body cast of himself, so there was a perfect duplicate of him also
sitting at the table which we viewers never saw. It was dummy's brains
that were taken, not Ray's, thankfully! Liotta said it was the eeriest
feeling ever to sit there and look at himself across the table. It
really freaked him out.
MAKEUP - They all had nothing but highest praise for working with
Ridley Scott. The biggest challenge, of course, was the character of
Mason Verger. "It was tough; everything wee did looked like a zombie
until we finally could get something realistic looking." commented Greg
Cannom, of special makeup effects
Poor Gary Oldman, who had to endure five hours of makeup each time and
another one for clothing - six hours of preparation to look like
Verger. Also discussed are some of the other big effects scenes, some
of them too disgusting to even talk about, like the pigs eating a
human. This film was not for the squeamish, as you know, if you've seen
MUSIC - Hans Zimmer, the composer, is the main man interviewed in this
segment. He, too, laughs and jokes and remarks how he enjoys working
with Scott. Both men explain how they go about their work and how it
affects the film. By the way, check out Zimmer's resume. I can't
believe how many "name" films he's scored.
REACTION - This a fun, stargazing segment as we saw all the film
participants except Scott (who's mom had just died) at a premier
screening in Hollywood and then another in New York City. There were
tons of recognizable faces and the comments by some of actors, like
Hopkins, were interesting.
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