One of the great casting coups of Hannibal Season Two is Boardwalk Empire‘s Michael Pitt as Mason Verger, and Bryan Fuller tells SciFiNow that he can’t wait for Fannibals to see him.
“I’m eager for people to take a peek at what he does because I think it will be certainly iconic in the Thomas Harris legacy of these characters,” he tells us.
Mason Verger is the wealthy psychopath previously played by Gary Oldman in Ridley Scott’s Hannibal, and Fuller tells us that Pitt’s take will see Dr Lecter pushed to his limit.
“The scenes with Michael Pitt and Mads Mikkelsen have been so much fun to cut because we’ve always talked about how Mason Verger has to be a bit of the Joker to Hannibal’s Batman and they have to have a dynamic of ‘Here’s this guy who’s in therapy with Hannibal Lecter, but he clearly has no taste for him,’” he tells us.
“Well, he does, but he just thinks he’s an atrocious human being, and the last episode of the Verger arc is one of the darkest comedies that we’ve done on the show.”
“Michael Pitt brings such a pimp quality to Mason Verger because the first time you see him he’s dressed in this fantastic fur coat and there’s a little bit of The Great Gatsby meets Scott Disick, so he’s fantastically styled and Michael had so much fun with the role, it’s been delightful to cut him because he is trying everything and really embracing the kind of haute creep capacity of this character, and it’s really exciting.”
Mix together The Big Lebowski and Altman‘s The Long Goodbye, turn it into a two-and-a-half hour PT Anderson epic and you’re getting close to the awesome experience of Inherent Vice. Even Joaquin Phoenix‘s performance has echoes of 70′s Elliot Gould with a touch of The Dude. But don’t get me wrong, this film is its own animal. A drug-fueled detective story filled with great psychedelic music and beautiful, grainy cinematography, it’s both hilarious and confounding at times. But Anderson does an incredible job of making the incredibly complex plot both comprehensible and entertaining. Even though he’s apparently said he’s still tinkering, it felt like a finished film and will definitely go down as one of my favorites of his.