Hannibal – Season 2 – Mads Mikkelsen Interview
HuffPost Canada TV: The “Hannibal” Season 2 premiere grabbed viewers by the throat with that fight between Hannibal and Jack [Laurence Fishburne]. How difficult was that sequence to pull off?
Mads Mikkelsen: Obviously, it takes some preparation. We were rehearsing the fight for days when we could get the time. We were non-stop filming and preparing for other scenes. When we had an hour here or there, we went in and started rehearsing. After a week of that, we shot the whole thing in about 15 or 16 hours. It was thrilling.
Was Hannibal that physical in the movies or was it something you and executive producer Bryan Fuller wanted to explore?
He’s physical in a different way. Obviously, it’s a different actor doing it [in the movies] and under different circumstances, but Hannibal must be quite physical to do what he does to people off-screen. You see the way he displays the corpse upside down. You see the way he beats people. Hannibal is really fast and slick like a rattlesnake. In this case with Jack, Hannibal has come up against an enemy bigger, stronger and as fast as he is.
Last year, Hannibal and Will had this ongoing bromance, but friends don’t frame friends for murder. Why is Hannibal still invested in Will?
That was the only way out. It was obviously to save Hannibal. All the evidence was pointing my way, so there was no way out but to frame Will. My goal was definitely to get Will out of this, not only because he deserves it, but because Hannibal misses him. It’s like a mirror, where Will is something that reminds him of himself. He’s invested in Will for a reason. Hannibal believes Will is a part of him, and he is a part of Will.