What did Bryan say about heterossexual story? I mean, even with all the erotic 'clima' around Lecter and Will, they don't sim's to be gay. But some how I do am expecting some intimacy with them bouth. I'm a little bit confused.
BF: I think the show, at its heart, is a story about heterosexual male friendship, and it is an exploration of all of the idiosyncrasies of that dynamic. It’s, in a strange way, the horror or operatic version of In The Company Of Men. (x)
(It gives me a headache to compare Hannibal and Will to Chad and Howard from In the Company of Men, but I can’t argue that there aren’t some similarities.)
My opinions under the cut.
So I get home from work on the same day I published this, and then get to see the new interview with Bryan Fuller, including this:
TheBacklot: I’ve said to you before that I sometimes expect Hannibal and Will to just start kissing. The scenes are often so intimate. Can you talk about the homoeroticism between these two characters that are not gay?
Bryan Fuller: I’m not sure about Hannibal. I think Hannibal is a very broadly spectrumed human being/fallen angel, who probably is capable and interested in everything humanity has to offer. Whereas Will Graham is very definitely heterosexual, but that does not necessarily prevent us from a homoerotic subtext….
I think that’s the fun of this show, is that particularly at the end of episode eight, which is a very intimate moment between Will and Hannibal where Will crosses a line of sorts, with his own psyche. And Hannibal is there to welcome him on the other side with open arms. And it is, once again, not sexual in any way, shape or context, but the intimacy of the performances and the enthusiasm of Hannibal, and pride of Hannibal as he looks at Will, there is hard to deny an attraction between these men.
And, to be absolutely clear, it is not sexual, but it’s beyond sexual. It is pure intimacy in a non-physical way. But it is that intimacy between heterosexual men that I’m fascinated with because it does go beyond physical parameters to this very primal basic male bonding place. That, as a gay man, I am outside of, because it is unique. Because it is free of a sexuality and/or intimation of sexuality. Yet anyone in the audience who is attracted to either of the men will feel that energy.
Sounds familiar. I’m seeing comments from people saying that Bryan Fuller doesn’t get to decide how his audience understands the show, sort of chastising him for making these statements…but I’m one person at least who understands it exactly how he intended. That doesn’t happen because of weird coincidence or because I’m special. It’s because he delivered on his vision.