Need something that will make you smile today, Clarice? Here's a very strange video of none other than Hannibal Lecter himself, Anthony Hopkins, dancing to some sort of bossa nova/Looney Tunes-esque music. Posted to Twitter on Sunday with the caption "This is what happens when you’re all work and no play...," the 30-second video has since gone viral, just as Hopkins' HBO drama Westworld returned for its second season.
Unusual might be an understatement when describing the video, but the choice of music, Hopkins' wide-eyed rictus of pure horror, and jerky dance combine to give us Silence of the Lambs flashbacks to when the actor played the unhinged cannibal doctor. We guess when you're a knighted and world-renowned actor, you can behave as weirdly as you want as long as it doesn't harm others.
Watch the post below and confirm it's real because, honestly, we still can't believe our eyes:
There is no context whatsoever and there probably never needs to be, but the post could have been a reminder that the Season 2 premiere of Westworld was airing on HBO.
WARNING! The following contains spoilers for Season 1 and Season 2 of Westworld.
Last season, Hopkins played Robert Ford, the brilliant co-founder and director of the park, who helped invent the hosts with his partner and friend Arnold. However, Ford was shot in the head at point-blank range by Dolores Abernathy (Evan Rachel Wood) during the Season 1 finale and he showed up in the Season 2 premiere as a corpse with maggots in his bloody eye socket. Even with such proof right before our eyes, there are still some fans of the show who believe the cunning and cryptic Ford is still alive somewhere.
And, of course, you couldn't expect the internet to just take this lying down. Here are just a few of the best reactions to the dancing exploits of Sir Anthony Hopkins. The best ones have swapped the original music for songs by Earth, Wind & Fire and House of Pain...