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Anthony Hopkins Almost Had A Different Mask For ‘The Silence Of The Lambs’

Earlier this year, the Criterion Collection released a fascinating peek from behind the scenes of 1991’s infamous and terrifying thriller The Silence Of The Lambs. The footage showed actor Anthony Hopkins, who won an Academy Award for his portrayal of Dr. Hannibal Lecter, trying on several different masks that would be used during the character’s meeting with Senator Martin.

It’s pretty fascinating to see the different masks as they each have their own unique style. However, I’m happy that they went with the style used in the film. It’s the most sinister, the most unnerving. It doesn’t inhibit Dr. Lecter’s eyes, which are soulless.

Do you disagree? Which of these masks do you prefer?




  • JoeInTheBox

    They went with the best. The other ones look like beekeepers masks or fencing helmets.

  • Royal Rican Prince

    The others were over-the-top, the one used was more of a muzzle because he was an animal and also put focus on the eye area which Sir Anthony Hopkins batted out of the ballpark.

    • Benjamin Priest

      Good call.

  • Phendranah

    Top middle looks like a hockey goal keeper mask..

  • Adam Clifton

    They chose the right mask imo

  • ThunderDragoon

    I agree, they definitely chose the right one.

  • LokiFX

    The half mask that they did use kind of reminds me of the ones Paul Gray had in Slipknot. Mainly because of the bars covering the mouth opening.

  • they DEFINITELY went right mask. the SECONDLAST one feels more like a “hood” .. which doesn’t suit the character..

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