‘Hannibal’ Creator Bryan Fuller Says NBC Wanted John Cusack or Hugh Grant for Lecter Role

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  • Author: Beatrice Verhoeven
  • August 02,2020

‘Hannibal’ Creator Bryan Fuller Says NBC Wanted John Cusack or Hugh Grant for Lecter RoleHannibal” creator Bryan Fuller always wanted Mads Mikkelsen to play Hannibal Lecter, but NBC had different ideas. What ensued was a months-long battle to cast Mikkelsen in the title role, and not Hugh Grant or John Cusack.

“It was an interesting dance because I’d say, ‘Mads Mikkelsen!’ and they’d say, ‘No, how about Hugh Grant?’ and I’d say, ‘Great, make an offer, he’s gonna say no,’ then they’d make an offer and he’d say no, and I’d be like, ‘What about Mads Mikkelsen?’ and they’d be like, ‘Well what about John Cusack?’ and I’d say, ‘Great, make an offer, he’s gonna say no’ and they’d make an offer and he’d say no, I’d say, ‘What about Mads Mikkelsen?’ Fuller told Collider.

“That carousel went around for three or four months after we had cast Hugh [Dancy], it was going on for a while.
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