Ice cold serial killer

Richard Armitage’s next role is that of an ice cold serial killer in the TV series “Hannibal”: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/tvandradio/11345281/richard-armitage-hannibal.html

I haven’t seen the show before but will try out a few episodes and see if I can bear it. I like some crime shows very much, even gory ones! I used to watch the BBC’s Silent Witness faithfully (until Leo died – I could hardly bear it after Harry left and then a year later they killed off Leo too!). That show was about forensic pathologists solving murders in London where you got to see quite some gory things. So, I can deal with some gore and I can deal with suspense but what I really do not like is horror! And Hannibal sounds like something inbetween crime procedural show and horror…

The name of the character Armitage will play is Francis Dolarhyde. When I read on the Francis Dolarhyde wikipedia page the way in which this man kills whole families, an ice cold fist grabbed my heart. I wonder if I can stomach this TV show. Then again, at the time I surprised myself for liking The Silence of the Lambs (where I first heard of Hannibal Lecter) even though I watched parts of that movie through my fingers. Of course, that was due to the excellent performances of Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins. Maybe Richard can do the same, make me like something I do not expect to like very much through his performance?

So far when Richard played baddie roles he has always been able to make me feel some sympathy towards his character. I can not imagine feeling any sympathy for Francis Dolarhyde and I can not imagine Richard Armitage being so very ice cold! So, his role in this show will be a big challenge… and I love when Richard Armitage challenges himself… and challenges me!

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4 thoughts on “Ice cold serial killer

  1. Well, I snuck off the see BOFA again today, and there were a few points where Thorin was downright chilling. I think there is a huge opportunity for Richard here, because I would think that they would delve into Dolarhyde’s back story, which is somewhat sympathetic, allowing him to really explore not only the evil/psychosis, but the damaged man as well. At least, that’s my hope.

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    • I agree, some things Thorin did were chilling but because we know more about him and where he’s coming from they didn’t feel as ice cold to me as this Dolarhyde character sounds. Yes, it would be interesting to see why he became what he is… I’m really curious to find out how chilly this character will feel!

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  2. That’s exactly my take on it….RA is definitely challenging himself with this role. He has stated he likes playing the bad guy and looks for the humanity in that character…although sometimes it may only be a spark deep down…it is going to be a challenge for me to watch this show and like you…I love it that RA is constantly pushing and challenging himself and I am quite happy to come along for the ride. Although gory horror gives me nightmares I can hardly wait to see him in this role…it is going to be exciting to see.

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