David Tennant Nearly Played Hannibal Lecter

Though often playing the quirky hero type in “Casanova” and “Doctor Who,” British actor David Tennant in recent years has scored acclaim for his darker turns such as the burned out detective in “Broadchurch” or the mind-controlling Kilgrave in Marvel & Netflix’s “Jessica Jones”.

Recently he took on the role of a psychotic homeowner in Dean Devlin’s “Bad Samaritan” which opens next week, and out doing promotional rounds for the film he revealed to EW another dark role he was up for – as Dr. Hannibal Lecter in NBC’s “Hannibal” series.

Ultimately the role in the Bryan Fuller-produced series went to Mads Mikkelsen and yielded the acclaimed three-season run of the show, but from the sounds of it Tennant did come close:

“I met Bryan Fuller a couple of times, and we talked about it. But I think they quite wisely chose Mads Mikkelsen, I think he was a perfect choice for it, and I think he did things with that character that I wouldn’t have managed, so I think the right man got the job.”

Tennant also added that his own switch over to more sadistic characters lately wasn’t a deliberate choice on his part:

“Nothing’s ever deliberate with me, I’m afraid. But there is something delicious about playing people that go to really dark corners of the human experience. I’m certainly not complaining.”

Tennant currently voices Scrooge McDuck on Disney XD’s “DuckTales,” will be seen later this year in “Mary Queen of Scots” and has one of the lead roles in the upcoming Gaiman-Pratchett mini-series adaptation “Good Omens”.