Hannibal Showrunner Reveals NBC Wanted John Cusack or Hugh Grant Over Mads Mikkelsen

Hannibal Showrunner Reveals NBC Wanted John Cusack or Hugh Grant Over Mads Mikkelsen

In praise of Brian Fuller Hannibal The series brings a distinctive, otherworldly air to the central character of Mads Mikelsen Hannibal the Cannibal. And yet, that second film almost gave the actor a role, as The Sholdner Fuller reported in an interview with Collider:

“There was some opposition Max Micklesen Because he was European, because he was someone you could see and go, ‘Yes I buy that he eats people.’ We were working with a very American network that wanted to sell an American actor to an American audience, and all the creatives on the show wanted someone who was the best person for the role. “

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As it turns out, many of those creators thought that the best person for the role would be a mainstream actor who is more familiar to the audience,

“It was an interesting dance because I’d say, ‘Mads Mikkelsen!” And they will say, “No, how Hugh GrantThe ‘And I would say,’ Great, make an offer, he’s gonna say no, ‘then they’ll make an offer and he’ll say no, and I’d like,’ What about Mads Mikkelsen? ‘ And they want, ‘Okay what John cusackThe ‘And I would say,’ Great, make an offer, he is not going to say ‘and they will make an offer and he will say no, I will say,’ What about Mads Mikkelsen? ‘

“We carved Hugh after that carousel had roamed for three or four months. [Dancy], This was going on for some time. In the end I just said, ‘Mads the Mad, That’s the Man, the character I see and I have to write it and I have to champion it and I have to understand it,’ and Jennifer Salke at NBC said that her Heart was like, ‘Okay, he’s your boy. I believe in you and trust you and I am excited about your vision for the show. ”

whereas Brian fuller Mikelsen had to fight a long and arduous battle in the lead role, an unexpected advantage being that the casting introduced him in such a way that it allowed the network more free reign in terms of story development:

“For other types of marketing people, they were like, ‘Oh this show is not going to break for us’. They paid little attention to it, because we were facing a European person. [a show] They wanted to be more accessible. “

“I felt that they were right for their reasons but wrong for my reasons. And so because of that gift, Mads Mikkelsen’s gift of casting, his investment in the show decreased dramatically, and that’s why we got a lot of If we are saying that we will not be able to do this, then there is no need for 10 million people to watch this show every week. ”

“Because then we really have to tie in with some of the storytelling parameters that were going with the mainstream audience. So Mads was the gift that allowed us to tell the story the way we wanted to tell it, because the network It was like, ‘Well this is not the person we wanted and we don’t really see him in this role,’ and we were like, ‘Well, just let us make the show.’

These quotes come from Collider.

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