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Hannibal hottie Mads Mikkelsen says he kissed Will Graham in scrapped scene

Mishti Ali February 20, 2022
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Mads Mikkelsen, Hugh Dancy and Bryan Fuller (Photo by Andrew Toth/Getty Images)

Mads Mikkelsen has revealed that a kiss between him and co-star Hugh Dancy was scrapped from the third season of Hannibal.

Mikkelsen plays the titular role of infamous cannibal Hannibal Lecter, whereas Dancy plays opposite him as FBI criminal profiler, Will Graham.

James Bond actor Mikkelsen revealed that both actors suggested a kiss between their characters after murdering serial killer, Francis Dolarhyde, played by Richard Armitage/

“We actually did a couple of takes of the very last scene where we were looking at each other, and it was a little too obvious – it was almost a kiss,” said Mikkelsen in conversation with Vulture. “Me and Hugh were like, ‘Why not? We have a couple of takes. Let’s do one. It might be cool.’

“In the end, the kiss didn’t make the cut.

“Bryan loved it, but he was like, ‘Too much, guys. It’s too obvious,’” explained Mikkelsen. “And he was absolutely right. But I think we were just stuck on that.”

“Mikkelsen also explained the difficulty of filming as he discussed his thoughts on ending with a fourth season.

“The work itself was brutal because we had long hours, with scripts coming in late. It’s TV, and what we were doing was elaborate. The texts were high-IQ texts. The monologues or the dialogues were always about fine art, music. You had to learn Japanese, Hungarian, and words you had simply never heard before. And you had to do it within two hours because everything came so late.”

“Nevertheless, Mads Mikkelsen also insisted that a fourth season of Hannibal would have done the show a service, and voiced his enthusiasm.

“Having said that, I would love to go back. Everybody wants to go back, and if there’s only one season and we’re sure about that, he can finish it in a proper, surprising, stunning way.”

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