I was all prepared to give a long introduction for this post but, (probably) lucky for you, kind readers, I decided against it at the last moment. However, please note that my frame of reference are the three films-The Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal and Red Dragon– in which Sir Anthony Hopkins starred as the good doctor Hannibal “The Cannibal” Lecter. Based on the novels of the same name by Thomas Harris, I list them chronologically in the order of their cinematic, and not their literary, release.
Who had it coming? Let’s find out, shall we?
Victim No. 1: Dr. Frederick Chilton
Portrayed by: Anthony Heald
Appeared in: The Silence of the Lambs, Red Dragon
Killed (likely): In between The Silence of the Lambs and Hannibal
Why he had it coming: Chilton was a douchebag of the highest order and demonstrated this in every frame of The Silence of the Lambs in which he appeared; mainly by the manner in which he metaphorically slobbered all over Agent Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) during their initial visit and by the way he lorded over Lecter an “I’m not the one incarcerated but I am the one in charge” mentality. His main act of rudeness that likely landed him on Lecter’s dinner table was his recording of the conversations between Hannibal and Clarice Starling. I imagine Lecter enjoyed him with something dry; a Sauvignon Blanc, perhaps.
Victim No. 2: Inspector Renaldo Pazzi
Portrayed by: Giancarlo Giannini
Appeared and Killed in: Hannibal
Why he had it coming: Look up the word ‘rude’ in the dictionary and you very well may find a picture of Inspector Pazzi as a perfect definition. He demonstrates this rudeness from the moment he appears onscreen by throwing his cigarette butt into a flock of pigeons, instead of away from them, thereby causing their frightened dispersal. In addition, Pazzi ignores the warnings of a fellow police officer and rewinds a tape the poor fellow is making a recording of. When employing the aid of a pickpocket to obtain a fingerprint of Lecter, he lets the poor thief bleed to death after Hannibal slices him open. It’s no coincidence that Pazzi washes the blood off his hands at a fountain shaped in the likeness of a pigs head. Although not consumed by our favorite cannibalistic gourmet Pazzi found himself a victim of Lecter due to the fact that he just couldn’t let it go and leave well enough alone. There is good reason for this: the reward money offered for Hannibal’s capture. However, Pazzi put not only himself but also his beautiful wife Allegra in danger. Had Lecter made a meal of the inspector I can imagine he enjoyed him with a fine, subdued Frascati.
Victim No. 3: Benjamin Raspail, the flautist
Portrayed by: Tim Wheater
Appeared in: His head appeared in that jar in that car in that garage in Silence of the Lambs; he appeared alive and full-bodied in Red Dragon.
Killed in: (Off-camera) in the prologue to Red Dragon
Why he had it coming: To be honest I must say that I struggled with including the flautist Benjamin Raspail on this short list. He wasn’t rude; nor did he do anything to interfere with Hannibal’s livelihood. His only crime was that he played the flute; badly. A connoisseur of the fine arts, Hannibal was merely making the quality of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra that much better by disposing of the untalented Raspail. In fact, to show his appreciation even further, Lecter hosts a dinner party for the orchestra’s board members. I wonder who was the main course and what wine was served; a merlot, perhaps?
Agree with my choices or disagree? Who in the Lecter-verse had it coming in your humble opinion? Let’s make this even more fun, shall we? Who in the real world do you think would make a palatable meal for Dr. Lecter? I’d love to hear from you in the comments.In fact if I can get enough comments from people saying who they believe would make an excellent main course then I will make up a dinner menu and post it on this blog at a later date. Bon appetit.