Date: 16th February 2001

Don't Take Hannibal Lector Seriously Says Jeremy Irons

British actor JEREMY IRONS has shocked radio audiences by comparing gory films to Greek tragedies.

Irons who turned down the role of cannibal doctor DR HANNIBAL LECTOR in THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS was speaking on Australian radio yesterday (15FE01).

He said, "I don't think we need to be too worried about gory, horrendous stories, they have been around forever. "I think a bit of tongue in cheek is probably required to see this one. But just remember it's only a movie and if it is very gory, so are some of the Greek tragedies - eating their sons baked in pies, cutting out eyes." (PDD/WNWR)

Source: WENN