Marvel star Michelle Pfeiffer explains declining Silence of the Lambs

Louise McCreesh
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Photo credit: Bennett Raglin - Getty Images

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Marvel star Michelle Pfeiffer has revealed why she passed on The Silence of the Lambs.

The 1991 film won five Oscars and starred Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins in the lead roles of FBI agent Clarice Starling and serial killer Hannibal Lecter respectively.

Originally, it was Pfeiffer who was offered the role of Clarice, and the Ant-Man and The Wasp actress has now revealed why she turned the movie down.

Speaking recently, she confirmed it was The Silence of the Lamb's evil ending which made her "uncomfortable" enough to pass on the opportunity.

Photo credit: Bennett Raglin - Getty Images
Photo credit: Bennett Raglin - Getty Images

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While Buffalo Bill (Ted Levine) is killed by the end of The Silence of the Lambs, Lecter (Hopkins) is still at large and in the film's final moments, it's heavily implied he takes revenge on Baltimore State Hospital warden Dr Frederick Chilton (Anthony Heald) following a phone call with Clarice (Foster).

Despite Chilton being an unpleasant character himself, taunting his patients and sexually harassing Clarice, it seems Lecter not getting his comeuppance was what led Pfeiffer to ultimately decline the role.

"With The Silence of the Lambs, I was trepidatious," she told The New Yorker. "There was such evil in that film. The thing I most regret is missing the opportunity to do another film with [director Jonathan Demme]."

She added: "It was that evil won in the end, that at the end of that film evil ruled out.

Photo credit: Orion Pictures
Photo credit: Orion Pictures

Related: Silence of the Lambs sequel series Clarice gets new trailer

"I was uncomfortable with that ending. I didn't want to put that out into the world."

The comments follow The Silence of the Lambs sequel TV series Clarice getting a new trailer.

Clarice premieres on February 11 on CBS in the US.

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