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The prequel to the Silence of the Lambs films is wrapping its first 13 episodes in a converted warehouse studio in Mississauga, Ontario.The series has a unique broadcast blueprint; each season, should it advance, will consist of 13 episodes. It's a network show built on a cable plan. The series is set to premiere April 4.
Some local press, as well as a number of international journalists, were invited to tour the set Sunday and speak with the stars.
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If you thought Anthony Hopkins was unforgettable in this role get set for Mads Mikkelsen's take. The Danish actor, brilliant as a Bond villain in Casino Royale, plays a younger Lecter in this prequel to the movies.
Everybody's Wonderfalls crush, Caroline Dhavernas, plays another FBI consultant with connections to Dancy's character. They were all at the press deal Sunday and everybody seemed relaxed and friendly.
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Reporters were led through the standing sets--Lector's large, Gothic, Baltimore-based library/is impressive--and eventually gathered in the creepy character's kitchen. There the food stylist grossed us out with her nasty recipes for the show, many involving bones, bird skulls and cow lungs dripping is blood sauce. She uses actual cow lungs and revealed that they can last up to two hours before having to be packed back in the freezer.
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He also said he's been too busy to participate in any of the 50th anniversary of Bond exhibits and regretted missing the one downtown at TIFF. Fishburne says he gets recognized on the streets of Toronto and, yes, even by Cowboy Curtis fans from his long ago stint on Pee-wee's Playhouse.
Dahvernas talked wistfully about one year wonder Wonderfalls, which, shockingly was shot ten years ago. The producer of Hannibal, Bryan Fuller, was the creator of that delightful fantasy-drama shot in and around Toronto and Niagara Falls. Dahvernas says Fox did everything they could to derail it, dumping it into Fridays and messing up the episode order. What is she watching these days? Nothing--Dahvernas doesn't have a TV set!