Anthony Hopkins was only on screen for 16 mins in Silence of the Lambs

Anthony Hopkins was only on screen for 16 mins in Silence of the Lambs

Did you know that Anthony Hopkins was only on screen for 16 minutes in ‘Silence of the Lambs’

“Despite the fact that most people will forever link Anthony Hopkins with Dr. Lecter, Hopkins is only in the movie for 16 minutes. It’s the shortest lead role to ever win an Oscar.

The movie is one of only two Oscar winners Gene Siskel ever gave a thumbs-down to. The other was Clint Eastwood’s Unforgiven.

Anthony Hopkins improvised a couple of really memorable moments in the movie. When Clarice and Lecter first meet, Hannibal the Cannibal mocks her Southern accent. This wasn’t scripted and Jodie Foster had no idea he was going to do it, so when she appears to be offended and shocked, she really is. He also improvised the slurpy noise Lecter makes after describing his meal of human flesh, fava beans and a nice chianti.

Anthony Hopkins was only on screen for 16 mins in Silence of the Lambs

Anthony Hopkins improvised a couple of really memorable moments in the movie. When Clarice and Lecter first meet, Hannibal the Cannibal mocks her Southern accent. This wasn’t scripted and Jodie Foster had no idea he was going to do it, so when she appears to be offended and shocked, she really is. He also improvised the slurpy noise Lecter makes after describing his meal of human flesh, fava beans and a nice chianti.”

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