Originally Posted by Dave Mack
Sorry, with all due respect, Cox as Lecter is about as threatening as a loaf of bread. He's an amazing actor but he is just NOT scary. Lecter should be TERRIFYING. He is in the books. And he is when Hopkins who is a little, slight man in real life plays him.
I totally disagree. I think it's because he isn't over the top that is more quietly insidious.
Have you seen Brian Cox in L.I.E.? He rides that line of being deeply disturbing, but never in your face about it, and it's that sense that is so fascinating about his characters in both of these films is that there is still plenty of 'normal' nice guy that he could be any one of us, which masks this deeply sick undertone, and that's
the part that's most terrifying is that he could
be any one of us. And not only that, is that he is
one of us, because he is inside Will Graham too, the quintessential family man who himself we are made to envision him as a mirror to Hannibal, they are blurred characters.
You don't get that with Hopkins, who is a completely different kind of villain. He is not anything like Clarice, we never see them as the same character, they are on completely opposite sides of the spectrum. But Cox and Will Graham are really, when you get right down to it, of the same cloth, Will Graham can think everything that Hannibal thinks, can see the world as he sees it, and is in the same struggle that Hannibal is in, he just was able to pull himself back from the edge, but he has the knowledge that he could just as easily have gone over that edge, and could go over that edge in the future, and that's why he stopped and quit, because he recognizes that in himself. He could just as easily be a serial killer as an FBI agent and loving father and husband. That's what's fascinating about Manhunter and about Cox's version and Mann's vision for the film. It's similar to the way that he humanizes Tom Noonan's pain in the film.