While the Fannibals gather in their numbers to try and save Hannibal, series three of the show is still going strong. At The Saturn Awards, actor Richard Armitage spoke to Collider about his upcoming role as Francis Dolarhyde – we’re seriously excited.
While the British actor won Best Supporting Actor in a Film for The Hobbit on the night, he discussed just how much research and preparation he has done into his role as “The Red Dragon” in the NBC series. He admitted he loves the show, but really discovered the writings of Thomas Harris, who penned the Hannibal books as he prepared for the role itself. He talked at length about how he made diaries every day on the character and even went as far as to study an ancient form of Japanese movement. If that’s not dedication – what is?
He revealed how much he enjoyed working with Bryan Fuller too and despite the role being dark he found it immensely enjoyable and teased that he can’t wait to see how it pans out over six episodes. He has previously been portrayed on the big screen by Tom Noonan in ‘Manhunter’ and Ralph Fiennes in ‘Hannibal’.
While we can’t wait to see what Richard brings to the role, it was a successful night for Hannibal at the awards themselves. As they bagged three wins, Hugh Dancy shared his Best Actor award with The Walking Dead’s Andrew Lincoln, there was a Best Supporting Actor nod for Laurence Fishburne and there was the small matter of the show winning Best Network Television Series (not bad for a show CANCELLED!).
Even Bryan Fuller himself couldn’t resist talking about the irony of Hannibal winning Best Network Television series, just days after NBC pulled the plug. Not that we blame him.