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Published On: Sat, Apr 27th, 2013

Aaron Abrams talks ‘Hannibal,’ prepping for the role and praises ‘Pushing Daises’ director Bryan Fuller

Aaron Abrams co-stars as Brian Zeller on NBC’s Hannibal, a prequel to the Hannibal Lecter made famous in films such as Silence of the Lambs. 

Talking with Movie Mikes, Abrams begins by explaining his role as Brian Zeller.

Hannibal set photo dinner fixings“Zeller is an FBI agent who works with a team to catch serial killers. He’s a bit of a medical genius, that’s his specialty, so its fun because I get to dig around in dead bodies and perform autopsies. It’s also cool because I think on most shows this kind of character can be dorky but that’s not the case here, I wear a leather jacket and pull a gun and stuff. Zeller may use a lot of big words, but he’s a dude.”

The Rookie Blue actor confessed to being a big fan, knowing Manhunter by heart.

“I re-read all the books and watched the films again. I own a DVD of Manhunter, I was kinda obsessed with it as a kid, so I knew it by heart anyway. It was the first scary movie I ever saw that wasn’t like a monster killing naked teenagers or something. It was creepy and terrifying, you know, like Silence of the Lambs was too. Zeller pops up in Manhunter, he’s played by Chris Elliott of all people. So, I’m hoping to resurrect all of his roles one by one. Next, I’m going to try to star in a re-launching of Cabin Boy.”

Abrams discusses the other actors, the “vibe” on the set and praised the Pushing Daises director, Bryan Fuller.

“Bryan is a great, great guy. He’s not just a showrunner, but a visionary. Like Pushing Daisies or Wonderfalls or any of his other work, he’s creating a whole world. People talk a certain way, there’s a very specific tone to everything, his use of color. He’s amazing to work with because not just because he makes super cool TV, but because he creates such a wonderful world to play in. Also, he’s always very well dressed. Which is nice.”

Check out the complete interview here

 

 

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