Thirty years ago, the world was introduced to the terrifying Hannibal Lecter and Clarice Starling in the 1991 psychological horror film “Silence of the Lambs.”
Legendary actors Anthony Hopkins, who starred as Hannibal, and Jodie Foster, who starred as Clarice, reunited virtually for Variety’s annual "Actors on Actors” series, reports People. The two stars spoke about the roles that scared them as much as they did the audience.
"It's a life-changing adventure, that movie, for both of us," Foster, 58, said. "I'm sure you still get people who come up to you and say, 'Would you like a nice Chianti?'" Foster asked Hopkins, referring to a famous line in the movie.
"Oh yeah," Hopkins, 83, laughed. "They do."
Hopkins said that Hannibal’s unnerving tone came to him easily.
"I knew what the character looked like," Hopkins said. "The voice had come to on the first reading."
Foster reflected on her costar’s chilling voice, saying, "I remember that specific voice you had, the metallic tinge to your voice. Chris Newman was sound mixer, and he also enhanced that. He was able to bring up that up a little bit."
Foster reflected on the voice of her own character.
"For me, with Clarice, it was also about her voice, mostly because she was somebody that had been scarred by the bleeding of the lambs, the sound and how there was nothing she could do to help them," Foster said.
"She had this quietness," Foster added. "There was almost a shame that she wasn't bigger, that she wasn't stronger, this person trying to overcome the failure of the body they were born in. I understood that was her strength. In some ways, she was just like the victims — another girl in another town. The fact that she could relate to those victims made her the hero."