Jodie Foster admitted how scared she was of her co-star Anthony Hopkins while filming The Silence of the Lambs.
Foster couldn’t help but laugh as she recalled how frightened she was of Hopkins upon first bearing witness to his portrayal of the psychiatrist-turned-serial killer. “I was scared of you because of your performance,” she said. “We didn’t get to speak too much before the actual read-through so we just sort of waved across the room and then sat down at the table and as you launched into Hannibal Lecter, I really felt like a chill come over the room, you know? I felt ripped, and I was just too scared. In a way, it was like we were almost too scared to talk to each other.”
Amused at Foster’s anecdote, Hopkins mulled over the odd and singular nature of their mutual careers, where one finds themselves covered in fake blood and threatening your co-worker’s lives in the morning before having a catered lunch together in the afternoon. “You know what I always remember about that day, you know we do the scene in the cell and all that, you go and have lunch in that big warehouse. And there would be Ted Levine (Jame “Buffalo Bill” Gumb) and I thought ‘how extraordinary, we’re all sitting down for a meal and we’ve just been chomping on each other and making life hell for each other and here we are having lunch!” he said. “It didn’t make any sense at all, and that’s why it’s such an amusing game what a strange world we live in?”
The Silence of the Lambs received an overwhelmingly positive critical reception, cleaning up at the Oscars with both Foster and Hopkins earning notoriety for their performances and winning Best Actress and Best Actor, respectively. The film was followed by multiple sequels and reboots, as well as the prequel series Hannibal and, most recently, a sequel series titled Clarice coming to CBS that will follow Clarice Starling returning to her home town shortly after the events of the original movie.
Clarice stars Rebecca Breeds as Clarice Starling, Michael Cudlitz as Paul Krendler, Lucca de Oliveira as Tomas Esquivel, Kal Penn as Shaan Tripathi, Nick Sandow as Agent Clarke, Devyn Tyler as Ardelia Mapp and Marnee Carpenter as Catherine Martin. The series premieres Feb. 11 at 10 p.m. ET/9 p.m. CT on CBS and CBS All Access.