In the nearly two-hour film Silence of the Lambs, Sir Anthony Hopkins appears in only a total of sixteen minutes. He went on to win an Academy Award for Best Actor for his incredible performance as Dr. Hannibal Lector.
Regardless of his critical acclaim, Hopkins tells The Wrap he regrets reprising his role of Hannibal in 2002's pregquel Red Dragon as well as 2001's sequel Hannibal.
“I did it once. Made the mistake of doing it twice, three times. ‘The Silence of the Lambs’ is okay. It was a good film.”
However, when he was asked if he'd ever reprise his role for a fourth time, Hopkins responded with:
“No. I don’t want to do that. Done with that.”
While The Silence of the Lambs is the superior film of this particular trilogy, it will be depressing to know that we won't be seeing Hannibal anymore. Simultaneously, I have to thank Hopkins.
Unlike the rest of Hollywood, he seems to know when enough is enough. Hannibal's story has been told already and it's time to move on.