Anthony Hopkins regrets ‘Silence of the Lambs’ sequels

Hopkins wishes he hadn't returned for 'Hannibal' and 'Red Dragon'

Anthony Hopkins has admitted he regrets appearing in the sequels to ‘Silence of the Lambs’.

Hopkins won an Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in the 1991 film based on a Thomas Harris novel, in which he played the cannibal Hannibal Lecter.

The movie was followed by ‘Hannibal’ (2001) and the prequel ‘Red Dragon’ (2002), both of which Hopkins was very candid about in a recent interview with The Wrap.

While Hopkins describes ‘Silence of the Lambs’ as a “good film,” before adding on the sequels: “I did it once. Made the mistake of doing it twice — three times,” before saying he wouldn’t reprise the Hannibal role as he’s “done with that.”


Hopkins is a huge fan of Breaking Bad, and wrote a fan letter to Bryan Cranston after watching all the episodes in just two weeks.

Hopkins wrote:

Your performance as Walter White was the best acting I have seen – ever.
I know there is so much smoke blowing and sickening bullshit in this business, and I’ve sort of lost belief in anything really.

But this work of yours is spectacular – absolutely stunning. What is extraordinary, is the sheer power of everyone in the entire production. What was it? Five or six years in the making? How the producers (yourself being one of them), the writers, directors, cinematographers…. every department – casting etc. managed to keep the discipline and control from beginning to the end is (that over used word) awesome.

A few years ago, Hopkins was rumoured to appear as a villain in Bond movie ‘Skyfall’, while the 78-year-old Welshman remains highly active, with his latest movies ‘Collide’ and ‘Misconduct’ currently in post-production, while TV show ‘Westworld’ is due to premiere this year. ‘The Dresser’ is also due out shortly.

He’s arguably best known for his roles in ‘The Silence of the Lambs’ and ‘The Remains of the Day’.