An actor is mostly defined by the roles he chooses to play in his career. Now talking of roles defining an actor, when we talk about Sir Anthony Hopkins, only one movie and his character in it comes to our mind, Silence of the Lambs and his roles as Hannibal Lecter.
But what makes the role so iconic? Probably the fact the Anthony Hopkins convinces us that no other actor could've played the role better than he did. I have to admit, he was much more intimidating than Buffalo Bill. And no doubts about the fact that "Good Evening, Agent Sterling." sends chills down your spine.
It is said that he improvised a lot of scenes but his screen timing is unbelievably just a little over 16 minutes. Let's not forget that he won an Oscar for the role (one of the shortest roles to win an Oscar) along with several other accolades. You'd want to watch Silence of the Lambs over and again, but only for Dr. Lecter and his mere presence in the movie.