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Jodie Foster & Anthony Hopkins Reunite to Reflect on 'Silence of the Lambs' 30 Years Later

Jodie Foster & Anthony Hopkins Reunite to Reflect on 'Silence of the Lambs' 30 Years Later

Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins are opening up about The Silence of the Lambs ahead of the film’s 30th anniversary.

The co-stars virtually reunited and reflected on the legacy of their movie in Variety‘s Actors on Actors series.

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“We didn’t get to speak too much before the actual read-through. We just sort of kind of waved from across the room and then sat down at the table,” Jodie.

“And as you launched into Hannibal Lecter, I felt a chill come over the room. In a way, it was like we were almost too scared to talk to each other after that,” she went on to say to her co-star.

“I was naturally nervous, an Englishman — a Limey like me, a Welshman — playing an American serial killer. And I remember [director Jonathan Demme], when the camera picked me up, he said, ‘Oh, my God. That’s it. Hopkins. You’re so weird!’” Anthony recalled.

“And I said, ‘Why, thank you.’ And they wanted the lighting girl to come into my cell, and I said, ‘What are you doing in my cell?’ And [Jonathan] said, ‘Oh, my God.’ So I knew I had pressed the right button,” he went on to say.

“I felt like I never had an actor’s personality. Much to my chagrin, it does not come naturally to me, or easily. I’m much more of a reader or a thinker. I’m a chess mover. Acting was just something that was my family’s job, my family’s profession, that I fell into. I have to say, at least once a week, I say, ‘Oh, I’m never going act again.’ But it draws you back in. I think it’s good for somebody like me, who does live in their head a lot — to get out of my head and have to live in my body. And I think that’s benefited me as a person,” Jodie added.

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