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Anthony Hopkins Tried On Many Masks Before He Found The Lecter Look

The iconic bite mask worn by Anthony Hopkins in The Silence Of The Lambs fits him so well it looks like he brought it from home, but that’s ridiculous because he’s a gentleman and not some mask sporting fetishist, right?

There’s a reason the mask fit him and the Hannibal Lecter character so well, and that reason is trial and error, and lots of test footage, revealed it was the best choice.

Before settling on the suitably psychotic bite mask he wore in the film Hopkins was asked to don what looks like part of a street hockey mask:

Then he was asked to make some funny faces behind mesh, which made him look a bit like a fox in the hen house:

After seeing the film so many times it's hard to imagine Lecter wearing anything but his iconically creepy bite mask, and compared to those other frighteningly bad numbers they really picked a winner!

See more of Hopkins trying on Lecter masks, in glorious GIF motion, here   

-Via io9


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