What is the definition of a ‘villain’?
1. A person guilty or capable of a crime or wickedness.
2. The person or thing responsible for specified trouble, harm or damage.
10. Dr. Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Hannibal the Cannibal.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter (played by Anthony Hopkins) is one of my favourite villains of all time. I’m still unsure as to whether he is truly a villain or simply an anti-hero?
Yes, he is a cannibalistic serial killer, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t capable of good, right? Afterall, the humans he deviously devoured were immoral beings such as paedophiles. So theoretically he was using his palate instead of pellets to cleanse society…
In the words of Oscar Wilde: “The only difference between saints and sinners is that every saint has a past while every sinner has a future.”
This article was first posted on November 21, 2012