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Hannibal Lecter

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Hannibal Lecter (English Hannibal Lectеr) - a fictional character, figured in the four novels of Thomas Harris and in their screen versions .

Figures in the novels "Red Dragon", "Silence of the Lambs", "Hannibal" and "Hannibal: Rise".

For the first time appears in the novel "Red Dragon" as a brilliant forensic psychiatrist, serial killer and cannibal. He shows the features of a psychopath, but has an outstanding intelligence. Intellect brings him fame in medical circles, and cannibalism is among ordinary people.

The first actor to play this role was Scotsman Brian Cox in the 1986 film The Human Hunter, based on the novel The Red Dragon.

But Welsh actor Anthony Hopkins created the most recognizable image of Dr. Lecter. Hopkins performed in this role in the films "Silence of the Lambs" (1991), "Hannibal" (2001) and "Red Dragon" (2002). In 1992, Anthony Hopkins received an Oscar for Best Actor for Lecter in the film Silence of the Lambs, although he appears on the screen for only 16 minutes.

The role of the young Lecter in the 2007 film "Hannibal: Climbing" was performed by the French actor Gaspard Ull.

In 2003, the American Institute of Cinematography named Dr. Hannibal Lecter, performed by Anthony Hopkins as the number one movie-maker of all time.

In the television series "Hannibal" produced by NBC channel Hannibal Lecter played the Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen. In 2014, for this role, Mikkelsen received the Saturn Award.

Appetite comes with food / It's an enlisted taste.


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Hannibal is a man of average build and height, but he often goes and presents himself in a way that seems higher. The brunette, but here and there gray hair, and the hair is not so thick. Nose with an imperial hump. Eyes of unusual maroon color. Because of the light reflected from them, it sometimes seems as if they light up like two red sparks. Small white teeth. Neat lips. Wrinkles around the eyes, indicating frequent smiles.

There are multiple scars on the body: on the skull; on the neck from the chain, frozen to the skin; just below the ribs from the arrows stuck once by Will Graham; two bullet wounds in the left collarbone and on the abdomen; on the left hand, left after removal of the sixth finger ( Hannibal Lecter suffered a rare form of polydactyly ).

In Harris' novels and in their adaptations, Lecter is a highly educated, culturally and intellectually developed psychiatrist and surgeon, simultaneously a monstrous serial killer practicing cannibalism on his victims. He stands alongside such grandiose villains as Satan in John Milton's "Lost Paradise" and Professor James Moriarty from Arthur Conan Doyle's works about Sherlock Holmes.

In Harris's novels, Hannibal Lecter had polydactyly, namely its rarest form. On the left hand of the doctor there were six fingers, and the sixth, middle, exactly copied his colleague.

Harris said that the creation of the character was inspired by a prison doctor from the Mexican city of Monterrey in the state of Nuevo León. This became known from the foreword of the writer to the new edition of the "Silence of the Lambs", dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the publication of the book. Nevertheless, Harris did not disclose the name of the doctor, preferring to call him the fictitious name "Dr. Salazar."

Harris said that he met with Dr. Salasar in prison, where he came to interview an American prisoner convicted of killing three young men. Harris does not remember the exact date of the meeting - presumably it happened in 1964. Harris met with Dr. Salasar after he saved the life of the criminal, from whom the writer was going to interview. The prisoner was injured while attempting to escape from prison, but the prison doctor managed to cure him. The writer recalls how he had talked with Dr. Salasar about a wounded American prisoner and child psychological trauma that could have pushed him to murder. "Dr. Salasar was a small, flexible man with dark auburn hair. He kept very calm, and it was some kind of elegance, "- says Harris. This conversation served as a prototype of the scene in the book "Silence of the Lambs", where Hannibal Lecter asks the FBI trainee Clarissa Starling about her childhood traumas.

It was suggested that the real name of the doctor was Alfredo Ballí Treviño, he was released from prison in the 1980s and died in 2009 or 2010.

In his comments on the DVD "The Silence of the Lambs," Hopkins claimed that the manner of his character's speech was strongly influenced by the sinister computer HAL 9000 from Stanley Kubrick's "Space Odyssey of 2001", and he took the unblinking glance from the documentary filming of Charles Manson's interrogations.

According to the British edition of "Empire" Lecter performed by Hopkins takes the twenty-first place in the rating of the 100 greatest movie heroes.

IGN website put Hannibal Lecter on the 6th place in the list of "25 best villains in horror stories".

In 2016, the magazine Rolling Stone placed Lecter from the series "Hannibal" on the 18th position in its list of "40 greatest television villains of all time".


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The psychological wounds received in childhood left practically nothing human in Hannibal. He always keeps icy calm, both externally and internally, even during the time of the most severe murders.

Dr. Lecter is neat and tidy. He likes to talk with a good companion. The bad will most likely then go as the main dish for another dinner party.

Hannibal does not tolerate bad behavior and failure to perform his duties (the case with the flautist is an obvious confirmation).

Gentleman. Esthete. Pedant. He is fond of the Renaissance. Subtlety and sophistication is felt in everything.

Steadfast and tireless, Hannibal never gives up, knows how to wait and always achieves his.

Has a specific sense of humor, because of which the joke object does not always understand its essence, because of its own stupidity or lack of some body.

Skills and abilities

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Hannibal is always in good physical shape. He has photographic memory, excellent hearing, sharpened charm and a very refined taste. Little susceptible to pain. The hemispheres of his brain are able to work independently of each other (as happens in some cases of head injury, when communication between the hemispheres is broken). Hannibal is able to simultaneously follow several moves of thought, without being distracted from any of them, and one of these moves is always chosen by him for his own entertainment.

He is also well managed with both firearms and cold steel, from which the stylet prefers.

As a doctor of medicine, Hannibal has a wide knowledge of physiology and pharmacology. He is able to brainwash people with psychotropic substances, or open a skull and cut out a certain part of the brain of a living person who can even taste the contents of his own head.

The talent and education of a psychologist and psychiatrist, coupled with incredible cunning, allow Hannibal to skillfully calculate people, play feelings, provoke and manipulate their actions.

In addition, it is worth noting that Hannibal excellently draws and prepares.


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  • As your mother will tell you, and as my saying told me, there is nothing more interesting than trying new things.
  • Well, how will it be? With guts or without intestines? (Guts out or inside ...?)
  • Maybe they would give you a medal? And you hung it on the wall so that it reminded you of your courage and incorruptibility. To see this, it's enough to look in the mirror.
  • Nothing happened to me. I happened to be.
  • In what terrible and incomprehensible world we live. Neither fierce nor wisdom.
  • Quid pro quo, Clarissa.
  • I do not like rude people.
  • One day, I tried to interview a census agent. I ate his liver with green peas and drank excellent chianti.
  • I must admit, I seriously think about eating ... your spouse.
  • Roughness is like an epidemic.
  • Sometimes you think that everything is fine, but someone is already digging your grave.
  • I'd love to chat with you a little longer, Clarissa, but I have an old friend for dinner today ...
  • In my spare time I prefer to eat rude people. Free grazing.
  • People will think that we have a novel ...

Hannibal Lecter had a real prototype - Dr. Salazar

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In 1981, the writer Thomas Harris published his second novel, The Red Dragon, showing the world to Hannibal Lecter. Then three more novels, five films and one serial followed - the world was obsessed with a charismatic killer-cannibal. But the question remained: Harris came up with Lecter or took as the basis for a real personage character? And if so, who?

In 2013, to the 25th anniversary of the novel "The Silence of the Lambs," Harris said that Lecter's prototype was a killer from Mexico named Dr. Salazar. They met in the 1960s, when Harris, then a journalist, was collecting material about the American murderer Daikis Esqui Simmons, who served time in the Monterrey prison.

Harris found out that Simmons was trying to escape and got a serious bullet wound. He was taken to Dr. Salazar, who performed the operation and saved the criminal. Intrigued, Harris wanted to interview the surgeon, deciding that Salazar was a prison doctor. The assumption is well founded - Salazar had a medical education and even his own study in prison.

They started the conversation, but soon Harris lost the thread of conversation. Salazar began to ask questions about the victims of Simmons and lectured Harris on the nature of the torment. When the interview was over, Harris asked the supervisor about Salazar's medical career. He replied: "Doctor? Yes, this is a murderer! He is a surgeon, so he could pack his victim in a tiny box. Salazar will never get out of here - he's crazy. "

It is believed that his real name of Doctor Salazar is Alfredo Bally Trevino. Trevino was a surgeon and convicted murderer. But what could a good doctor do to get into life for a lifetime?

Альфредо Балли Тревино
Alfredo Bally Trevino

October 9, 1959, Trevino and his lover Jesus Castillo Rangel fought. Whatever the cause of the quarrel, Trevino stunned Rangel, cut his throat with a scalpel, cut into small pieces and put them in a box. Then Trevino, with the help of an accomplice, buried the remains, but, in the end, he was caught and sentenced to death.

As a result, the sentence was changed to imprisonment, and in 2000 the surgeon left prison. Before his death in 2009, Trevino continued medical practice and helped the poor. Whether he was a cannibal, is unknown. More likely no than yes.

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