I think that we don’t want to see him running around being a brutal warrior, but we want to see that once in awhile. We don’t want to forget what he is, and I think that the certain elegance he brings to it, he’s extremely fast, doing things extremely snappy—just glimpses of that, to catch him in the basement, turning off the light and he’s gone, or snapping somebody’s head out of the blue. I think those moments are very important, that we keep reminding ourselves that this is not a very calm man sitting behind a desk. This is a snake, and he moves really fast.
—Mads Mikkelsen on showing what Hannibal is capable of (x)