“Hannibal” star Hettienne Park was forced to defend show creator Bryan Fuller when fans got upset for killing her character.
Fans accused Fuller of both racism and sexism after Mads Mikkelson’s Hannibal killed Park’s Dr. Beverly Katz – the only Asian actress in the series. Now the actress has opened up to defend the show’s writers and creator.
Park published a blog post that read: “Fuller cast me in a role that I didn’t think I had a chance in helll of getting. Pretty open-minded, non-racist, pro-feminine writing and casting in my opinion…”
Hettienne adds that “HANNIBAL is based on the Thomas Harris (Red Dragon) novels and it (show) centers on the relationship between Hannibal Lecter and Will Graham – two dudes, so that’s where the focus will be and will likely remain.”
She also explained that Fuller wanted her character to go on longer, but producers insisted he should kill her character off. Park said: “Yes, Fuller could’ve kept me on for longer and if he had, my character would’ve probably remained in the background processing crime scenes, regurgitating technical exposition. Instead – albeit not for very long – he wrote enough for Katz to make people get to know her a little better, actually identify with her, and like her enough to care when she gets killed.”
Park continued: “If people can identify with this character regardless of the color of her skin, or like her regardless of her sex without her having to play the qualities we usually see chicks play, then that’s a good thing in my opinion.”
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