Welcome to Humor Nation. The Silence of the Lambs just turned 28. It’s also one of the only three films in history that have the distinction of winning the big five at the academy awards. Those are two things you probably didn’t know right out of the gate, but I’m getting ahead of myself. Here are nine things you didn’t know about The Silence of the Lambs, probably.
So Let’s Take A Look At 9 Things That Not Even The True Hannibal Fans Know About Silence Of The Lambs
1. JODIE FOSTER WASN’T THE ORIGINAL CHOICE FOR CLARICE STARLING
Clarice Starling is arguably Jodie Foster’s most iconic role. Foster has even said that Clarice was her favorite character out of any she’s ever played, so you might be surprised to learn that Jodie Foster was not the first choice for Clarice. Director Jonathan Demme had wanted Michelle Pfeiffer to play Clarice. He’d worked with Pfeiffer on Married to the Mob and was courting her heavily to join the Silence of the Lambs, but Michelle Pfeiffer turned it down.
Basically, the script was just too disturbing for her. Jodie Foster was next on this list but several other actresses also went after the role including Meg Ryan, Nicole Kidman and Halle Berry. Obviously, Demme made a good call by going with his second choice. After all, both he and Foster wound up scoring Oscars out of the deal.
2. ANTHONY HOPKINS WASN’T THE ORIGINAL CHOICE FOR HANNIBAL
Jonathan Demme was going after Sean Connery to play Hannibal Lecter, but Connery, like Michelle Pfeiffer, passed on the film. And once again, it was probably for the best that Demme didn’t get what he’d originally wanted, since Anthony Hopkins also went on to win the Oscar.
3. BUFFALO BILL IS BASED ON THREE SERIAL KILLERS
A lot of people think that Jame Gum, aka Buffalo Bill, is based on a specific serial killer. But he’s actually a combination of three killers. Gum is first based on Ted Bundy, who had a similar tactic of luring women into his van and trapping them. Bundy would wear an arm cast, hang around outside of libraries and then drops his books so his target would want to come help him. Next, we have Gary Heidnik, he was the inspiration for the pit that Gum has in his basement. Heidnik, however, would fill his pit with water and would keep more than one victim at a time there. He also did a lot of other stuff to them that’s way too fucked up to get into right now.
Third, Jame Gum is based on Ed Gein. Ed Gein served as inspiration for a few other films, too, including Psycho and Leatherface from the Texas Chainsaw Massacre. All of the stuff with Buffalo Bill making masks and body suits out of his victim’s skin is based on (Bleep) that Ed Gain did to his victims.