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Michael Fassbender used Hannibal Lecter as a reference for David.

Michael Fassbender used Hannibal Lecter as a reference for David.




Posted Oct-19-2017 5:42 PM

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Came across this video of Michael Fassbender and Rebecca Ferguson reviewing famous serial killer films while promoting their new movie "The Snowman".

When a Silence of the Lambs clip with Hannibal Lecter was shown, Fassbender mentions that he used the character as a reference for David. 

18 Responses to Michael Fassbender used Hannibal Lecter as a reference for David.


Oct-19-2017 6:48 PM

Funny that he finds gay Buffalo Bill to be the scariest serial killer, when we have seen Hannibal Lecter eating the brain from a conscious victim in "Hannibal". I the early 90's, both "The Silence of the Lambs" and "Basic Instinct" were criticized for featuring LGBT characters as the embodiment of evil. Alien Covenant jumped on the same train 25 years later.


Oct-19-2017 6:59 PM

Interesting. I always thought that before but this video confirms it. Thanks for sharing!

Oddly, it recalls another odd character:


Oct-20-2017 12:45 AM


I've seen Basic Instinct only after 20 years of it's release and judging that it appeared in the same time frame as Robocop and Total Recall, I thought it was a parody of the machismo of the male protagonist. Ironically, M. Douglas plays a parody of his other characters in the decade. The true killer in the movie was stupidity.

Returning to Hannibal, he would have never killed agent Clarice Starling. But anyhow, every reference to him make him more boring. Why can't we imagine something new already? And it is a high time to make a movie which mocks our fascination with serial killers.





Oct-20-2017 3:48 AM

red0guy I always liked Verhoeven and I have watched and enjoyed his early european films. His movies are very wild because he does not give a s#@t about political correctness. Among his american productions I think Robocop was the best. And talking about Fassbender as David in Covenant, he also channeled Vincent Price in  my opinion. The second act is just like one of those Hammer studios or Roger Corman productions from the 50's. He gave me the Hannibal Lecter vibe only in the last scene.

Cerulean Blue

Oct-20-2017 7:21 AM

@Lilly (Svanya) - I agree with the post, as I had always thought of David as a Hannibal Lecktor influenced character.  Mostly due to David's lack of empathy to any & all things....dead, or alive!  I keep waiting for him to say, "Love the suit" to someone!!  HAHA!!  Great Post!!


Oct-20-2017 7:26 AM

"And it is a high time to make a movie which mocks our fascination with serial killers."

Oliver Stone made a film that mocks our fascination with serial killers red0guy

Iron Man gets killed in it and Tommy Lee Jones is excellent as the warden. 



Oct-20-2017 7:26 AM

Thank you for the topic Lilly (Svanya). I love reading about character development.

Cerulean Blue

Oct-20-2017 7:45 AM

@Ingeniero - HAHA, I remember Robert Downey, JR. as a Morton Downy-type of despicable bottom-feeder-type!!  HAHA!!


Oct-20-2017 9:17 AM

Interesting information...

and indeed DK Stewie Griffin could certainly be more insane and Evil than Hannibal and David 8 combined?

I just wonder if David has a Time Machine like Stewie to undo all the wongs and please the Fanboys ;)

R.I.P Sox  01/01/2006 - 11/10/2017


Oct-20-2017 2:55 PM


Oct-20-2017 5:34 PM

Of course I'll recognize Buffalo Bills' dance music...nice touch Lilly (Svanya). He was a butterfly.

"It puts the lotion on it's skin or it gets the hose again."



Oct-20-2017 5:57 PM

I think he said "I'd f$%k me" as he danced in front of the mirror and tucked his......umm......between.........oh..........never mind.


Oct-20-2017 7:05 PM

That is correct dk. Yes, it was a stay out in front of the dancer type dance routine.


Oct-21-2017 3:41 PM

Whenever I hear Goodbye Horses I always get this image in my head...


Oct-23-2017 6:51 PM

I guess it is better to have that image your head from above than the one shown when they play the song in Silence of the Lambs Gavin.


Oct-27-2017 7:44 AM


Interesting. I always thought that before but this video confirms it. Thanks for sharing!"

I thought exactly the same thing when I stepped out of the cinema... I actually remarked to a friend that David had 'Hannibal Lecter level psychopathy'...

MU/TH/UR 9000

Feb-11-2018 6:10 PM

He also mentioned real life serial killers as inspiration

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