On the back of my whining from Monday, I have just remembered a little antidote that I had held back for a slow day. A month ago, Lurkerella got in touch, asking whether I was familiar with the “Feeding Hannibal” blog by food artist Janice Poon. I remembered reading it back in the day.
Can you believe that Hannibal was already five years ago??? However, I went back to it and decided to scan it for any mentions of Richard. And the loot from that session now comes in handy as I was complaining there was not enough praise for him in recent reviews (…). Want some more extolling of the man’s qualities? Well, here’s his work colleague on…
… his professional perfectionism
… his professional kindness
… and his
[For link to the individual blog post/source click the photos]Particularly the last quote there is nice, because it includes us, as fans. (That is, btw, one of the strong characteristics of the way the makers of Hannibal interacted with the public – they were always supportive of fans, not least because they knew very well that the fans are the vocal part of the audience who pushed Hannibal wherever possible.) And even uses us as a compliment – as in “Richard deserves his loyal fans because he is a nice man”. Well, thank you, Janice, that is nicely said.
And so, as a fan, I do enjoy reading that someone who *knows* RA personally and professionally, confirms that he is a good guy, even “adored” by those who had to work closest
with on him (see right). It’s the nearest we can get to an honest character judgment – coming from someone who works *alongside* him, rather than an industry observer such as interviewers and journalists. It’s still to be taken with a grain of salt, of course. Nothing is ever objective, and how well do colleagues know each other, even in the the intimacy of a film set? But hey, I take it.
Oh, and just before I go: New interview in Metro UK today, I have just seen:
A CRIME THRILLER NOVEL?????????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!?????????????? *screams* WTF, Richard, you really have used the lockdown well!!!!!!!!