Hugh Dancy at “Hannibal” Los Angeles Screening

Posted on May 29, 2014

Here is a prime example of male bitchface:

Hugh-Dancy-Hannibal-Screening-Los-Angeles-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (1)Hugh Dancy attends screening of “Hannibal” at Landmark Theatre in Los Angeles, California.

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Lighten up, Hugh. Your show’s a hit. You’re allowed to smile a little.

In other news, we love the color of that jacket, but we don’t think it pairs well with that plaid shirt. The blues aren’t getting along. And besides, the plaid looks too casual for that jacket. Also, we find ourselves getting very prudish lately about unbuttoned shirts worn with jackets. You can undo two shirt buttons if you’re jacketless, but once you put a jacket on, you’re limited to undoing only one. Otherwise, it looks a little sleazy – and makes for a bizarre effect when paired with that sourpuss. “Hey, baby. You wanna come back to my place so I can stare at you impassionately?”





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  • Karen Belgrad

    He has simply run out of fucks to give… and has the facial expression to convey it. I wonder what would happen if he and January Jones went up against Elsa in a freeze-off….

    • SugarSnap108

      Imagine all the fucks not being given…just piling up.

    • DesertDweller79

      Yes, I was just thinking, “I’d love to see him in a photo with January Jones. It’d be the most amazing bitchface photo ever!” I am someone with resting bitchface, so Ms. Jones and Mr Dancy here are idols of mine.

      • saintebeuve

        And now I’m going to watch the video about the perils and travails of those suffering from bitchy resting face again. Man, so good.

      • e jerry powell

        I don’t know; Mrs. Dancy/Ms. Danes has been known to throw some bitchface herself. Maybe not of the Kirsten Dunst caliber, but still effective.

  • hyperionic

    I’d let him stare at me impassionately.

  • semirose

    Sorry too busy letting his stare destroy me. What about the clothes again?

  • Sobaika

    As luck (misfortune?) would have it, I caught Confessions of a Shopaholic on TV yesterday. I can confirm he is capable of smiling – of being charming, even. Shocking, I know.

    • Danielle

      Best movie ever. Almost as great as the book. Almost.

      • LadyVimes

        The second-hand embarrassment I got from that movie was so uncomfortable. I saw it in the theatre and spent the entire movie bright red going “Oh…no…no don’t do- NO. STOP. WHY. NOOOO.”
        Even thinking about it makes me cringe.

    • Bridget Smith

      Hey, I caught that too! He looks SO young in it. And so adorable.

      • Agent Sculder

        He looks super young any time he is clean shaven, which is why I think he’s been keeping the beard even when the show isn’t taping. Without it, he can still pass for a guy in his twenties. Another movie he is adorable in is The Jane Austen Book Club.

  • kimmeister

    Agreed on all points. The color of the jacket is great with his eyes. It also appears to fit impeccably.

  • MilaXX

    Bitch face and resting n pretty. He’s a nice looking man in an outfit where each piece is fighting each other.

  • demidaemon

    That’s a bit too much man chest, methinks, even though I appreciate it. The overall look, though, is a bit on the enh side.

  • B_C_J

    Beautiful jacket & wrong shirt on a handsome man who is in need of better grooming.

  • @Biting Panda


  • WendyD

    I always wonder if he and Claire Dane compare notes on playing BATSHIT CRAZY.
    But oh how I love him and Will Graham.
    ETA: I can’t imagine watching an episode of ‘Hannibal’ on the big screen. That would be fourteen different ways of too intense.

    • charlotte

      I like to imagine them practicing their craziness side by side in front of the bathroom mirror… with their kid watching stoically.

    • fursa_saida

      Jesus. I ended up having to watch the finale on my phone and that was overwhelming enough.

      • AnnaleighBelle

        Oops, I hit downvote when I meant to hit reply – I hope it doesn’t show up!

        Why did you have to watch the finale on your phone? Have you been able to see it on a screen at all yet? It was absolutely beautiful and wrenching. And the music….

        • fursa_saida

          Oh, it was incredible even on my phone. I haven’t gotten to see it on a bigger screen yet, but the best case scenario would have been my laptop anyway. (Internet access in my apartment is limited, is the reason. I pretty much live on my phone.)

      • ankali

        Sweet God, that finale on the big screen… Heh, now I’m imagining it in IMAX. “Arterial spray COMING AT YOU!”

  • Alyssa

    He looks like the only reason he’s attending is because someone threatened torture otherwise.

  • marlie

    I know everyone is so in love with him, but I can’t even muster enough energy to generate an opinion about him. He’s ALWAYS sort of “MEH” to me.

    • PastryGoddess

      nope not everyone. He’s a bit too waif-ish for my tastes

      • Agent Sculder

        I don’t usually dig waifish guys either, but for some reason he rings my chimes. I suspect it is the fact his eyes are super expressive.

    • Anne Elise

      Try watching Hannibal. You’ll be so torn between him and Mads Mikkelson by the end, you won’t even know what preference MEANS any more.

    • Cheryl

      It’s funny how tastes are, TLo put some photos of Joe Manganiello up a week ago, and though most people raved, I’m completely “meh” about him.

  • homofascist

    My ex is allergic to buttoning that second button, but he also has a really hot, hairy chest. I enjoyed it when we were together, but of course now I think it makes him look like a pathetic Lothario. Bitter kitten, party of one, your table is ready.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      Unless your ex is Joe Manganiello, leaving the second button unbuttoned is pathetic.

    • Qitkat

      Bitter kitten, party of one, your table is ready.

      I don’t quite know why, but I just love this 😉 I’m imagining it being said out loud at a real restaurant.

    • fursa_saida

      It’s amazing how everything about your exes becomes a sign of TRAGIC DWEEBISHNESS the second you break up.

      • homofascist

        It is amazing, isn’t it? It is just difficult for me because obviously I am always fabulous and perfect…

  • NMMagpie

    Maybe it’s me, but why be in the business if you clearly have contempt for it?

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      I recently read a biography of Jerry Orbach, and a number of his Law and Order co-stars remarked about Orbach’s graciousness toward fans. His comment to his fellow actors was along the lines of “These people are why we’re here”. Not a bad way to approach the biz.

    • gabbilevy

      Eh, he’d probably look demented if he were smiling while standing next to that poster!!

    • ShaoLinKitten

      Some of us have resting bitchface. He’d look weird if he were smiling all big.

    • Agent Sculder

      I don’t think he does. I don’t think he likes doing press or having his picture taken much, which is a bit different. He’s done a lot of fan events for Hannibal and by all accounts I have read have reported that he was very nice to fans, and took lot of pictures with them. I think for some actors, they really, really hate the proliferation of red carpet events and “premieres” that have become the norm.

      • fursa_saida

        This is my impression as well. From the videos I saw, he seemed extremely game and pleasant at Comic Con.

    • AnnaleighBelle

      He doesn’t seem to hate the business – he waxes absolutely poetic when he talks about the show. I don’t think he’s particularly comfortable with red carpety stuff, but he shines with fans during the panels.

      • Cheryl

        He’s quite sweet to his fans, to the point of wearing a flower crown that someone made him, which is kind of an in joke for the fannibals.

        • AnnaleighBelle

          Yeah, all the flower crown photos Bryan tweets are adorable. I don’t know if he got one out of Michael Pitt, though…

          • Cheryl

            Well there’s always photoshop for that. One of Pitt’s character ‘Mason’ with a flower crown after he fed Will’s dogs, would be good and kind of disgusting too.

  • Kirstin McAulay

    Does he, like Jeremy Renner, have resting bitchface??

  • Man Dala

    He’s so handsome and he knows it. He’s telling it to you with that look.

  • Wink

    Good outfit for a first date (although the competing blues are a problem).

  • BobStPaul

    I agree about the blues but would also note that’s one of the best fitting jackets we’ve seen in a long time.

    • decormaven

      Love that jacket. Too bad it’s paired with that shirt.

  • PlethoraofBooks

    God, I love that show. It is a morbid fascination for me! Uncles are right – Smile a little Hugh!

  • alyce1213

    I love the French blue jacket. Even a crisp white shirt would’ve been nicer than the dull, mismatched plaid shirt, which he’s Clooney’d up (or down?).
    I don’t really get bitchface from him, his eyes are soft and kind, not a cold, laser glare.

    • Winter_White

      “French Blue”? Is that what it’s called? Really good to know! It’s my favorite color — but I always have trouble trying to describe it to people: a cool, rich, medium-blue-gray, but with a heather-y purple note, just really plush, blah blah blah.

      I want my home to be furnished in that color…my car to be that color…and now I kind of want to rub my cheek against Hugh Dancy’s jacket.

      • alyce1213

        It’s my favorite color too — I have it in my bedroom, very calming. Goes well with Winter White, of course.

        • Winter_White

          Ahhh, what excellent taste we share, alyce1213…;) This color, white, and a bit of black: so elegant together.

  • FibonacciSequins

    Good button rule. I don’t have so much a problem with the colors, but a silk (or equivalent) jacket shouldn’t be worn with a cotton plaid shirt. Go hobo or go fancy; you can’t split the difference.

  • I’m trying to figure out the material of that jacket. Ultrasuede? It’s got a lovely sheen to it. I would borrow it in a heartbeat.

    • alyce1213

      I think it’s silk.

  • FridaStaire

    Looks to me like Mummy dressed him. But she also taught him to take care of his lovely skin.

  • Imasewsure

    He looks like an annoying Ivy League professor with a trust fund… I don’t get his appeal at all (probably a hot accent, right?)

    • @Biting Panda

      He looks like the guy at the party who traps and bores all while having no sense of humor.

    • Agent Sculder

      He does, in fact, have a hot accent when he’s using it. However on the show, he uses (a pretty damn impeccable) American accent. If had not seen him in movies where he uses his native accent before I ever started watching Hannibal I might have never known he wasn’t American.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        Brit actors are superb with accents. I had no idea that Idris Elba was a Brit when he was on The Wire.

      • AnnaleighBelle

        His one big accent fail was when he said “Biloxi.” For someone who was supposed to have lived in Biloxi, he would know it’s pronounced BiLUXee, not BiLOCKSee. Caroline did the same thing – she’s Canadian.

  • SouthernGirlRena

    This is not going to speak well of my family but you know the cousins who only get dressed up for a funeral of someone they have to attend? They look just like him. All the necessary pieces but they don’t really go together and they look desperate to get the jacket off. His jacket does look much more expensive though.

  • sk8tfan

    I think he and Kristen Stewart have a bet going on who could care the least. He probably loses points in that contest because his clothes are clean and fit him properly.

  • LadyVimes

    He can stare at me impassively all he likes….in bed. Call me, Dancy.

  • Melissa Mendes

    Is there sheen to his jacket or is it just me?

    • ktr33

      there’s quite a sheen

  • “Hey, baby. You wanna come back to my place so I can stare at you impassionately?”


  • ShaoLinKitten

    Hannibal is critically acclaimed (and renewed, thank god), but it’s never done big ratings numbers. I am afraid it’s one of those shows that we will be worrying about every season. But it’s a great, terrifying, emotionally intense show. Love Dancy’s bitchface.

    • AnnaleighBelle

      Yeah, in no way is it a hit. It just has a very vocal, very social media connected Fannibal base.

      • Cheryl

        Yeah, nobody just likes Hannibal. They either love it, or are completely repulsed by it. I even know a couple of people who are repulsed and love it.

  • Agent Sculder

    I know you gentlemen are already have very full TV watching schedules, and I know Hannibal‘s subject matter makes it not everyone’s cup of tea; but I can’t help wishing for your take on Hannibal’s wardrobe on the show. His ensembles are so good and always impeccable and interesting to look at. I have often wondered how the show’s costumer does it, because I don’t think she gets a huge budget, but somehow Mads Mikkelsen always looks like a million bucks.

    • Lindsay Maki

      Every time I see Hugh Dancy on this site I hope it’s a review, or something about how TLo is watching! It’s my number one show right now, I laugh (more than is probably normal), gasp & clutch my chest, mewl sadly. It causes all the emotions while being SO pretty. Everyone! Every set! I don’t know how they do it, a member of their staff resigned to they could afford Kacey Rohl (Abigail). If they can’t afford a small Canadian actress I need to know how they are paying for Freddie/Chilton/Alana/Everyone’s outfits!!

    • zmayhem

      I was just scrolling down, thinking the same thing and wondering if anyone else had said it yet, and I’m so glad you did! The visual design on the show – costumes, sets, the impeccably groomed and horrific food – is spectacular. I’d love to read a TLo entry on Mads Style.

      • Agent Sculder

        The show is pretty much THE most visually spectacular show on television, and I have no idea how they do it with their time and budget constraints. I think rather than buying the clothes Hannibal wears, I think the costume people MAKE all his suits, which also explains why the tailoring is so good. But aside from the Hannibal character, all of the characters clothes are so well suited to THEM, I am constantly impressed.

      • AnnaleighBelle

        Yay, Mads Style!

    • Cheryl

      From your mouth to TLo’s ears. Well I guess it’s really fingers to eyes, but you know what I mean. The food styling, Mad’s clothes as Hannibal, Hannibal’s office, I’d love to hear their take.

      • AnnaleighBelle

        Even the way that Will’s wardrobe changed during the “luring” phase of last season was fascinating. Not to mention the Vergers’ wardrobes. I’d love to see them treat the show on here, but it really isn’t everyone’s cuppa.

  • NBG

    That jacket deserves a better shirt. He can be as bitchy as he wants but he should at least do that garment justice.

  • AnaRoW

    I wouldn’t go so far as to call his show a hit. It barely got a renewal nod. Every time I see Claire and him on the red carpet, they seem like the most unfun couple ever. I have to remind myself he was the prince in Ella Enchanted and actually has a sense of humor.

    • Sly

      Have you read the reviews? Episodes rate an average of 9 out of 10 stars by critics. Just because Nielsen ratings aren’t great, only because more people don’t watch, does not mean this show is not a hit. It has an almost cult following, the acting is sublime, and truly for those who want something different, intelligent, entertaining, and just plain interesting, this show is the way to go.

      • Agent Sculder

        I was a person who did not watch the first season when it aired because I was highly skeptical a show about Hannibal Lecter would work at all, let alone on network TV. But I was intrigued after hearing the show was getting good reviews from critics, and that Jose Andres was brought on to be the food consultant on the show. And I always liked the book Red Dragon better than Silence of the Lambs (heresy, I know). So when it came out on DVD over the winter I figured I would give it a shot. After the first episode I was sold, and I burned through the first season very quickly. I really think if it was on cable and not aired on Friday night, it would be more popular.

        • AnnaleighBelle

          I just happened to catch the first episode because it was on after the Thursday night comedies, and I was enthralled and open-mouthed from the first scene. And I’m not a big horror fan so it surprised me how much I fell in love with the show. It’s beautiful and macabre and surreal. The season 2 finale gutted me *ahem*.

          • Sly

            I see what you did there. It left me floored.

        • Sly

          I saw the commercials, and I was on the offence, but I gave it a try, and I fell in love, It is absolutely amazing! I feel, they need to advertise it a whole lot more.

      • AnaRoW

        Oh I know the reviews are good but that’s not what makes the show a hit. A hit implies it’s doing well and, despite the cult following, it’s been struggling. If good reviews and a cult following were enough, Pushing Daisies, for one, might have lasted more than two seasons. NBC seems to be willing to give it a chance so hopefully it will last, a la Friday Night Lights. I can’t bring myself to watch as I hated “Silence of the Lambs” and don’t want anything to do with Hannibal Lecter character but I’m all for good shows surviving in a world were 2.5 Men is somehow still a hit.

        • AnnaleighBelle

          NBC is essentially paying nothing for the show and it has a rabid, loyal fanbase. I’m hoping that the financing will become a model for NBC TV so great niche shows like this have a chance.

          • AnaRoW

            NBC is more likely than other networks to keep high quality shows that don’t get great ratings (FNL, Homicide:LOTS) so the show definitely has a chance. I just objected to it’s being called a “hit” because it’s not yet clear that it falls into that category. The network’s usually a bit quicker to renew the shows that do.

          • AnnaleighBelle

            They kept Community for five seasons, so I give NBC kudos. They dumped Dracula, though.

            Also, this is a very different take on the Lecter mythos – I wasn’t that impressed with Silence of the Lambs (I never understood how it got best actor and best actress). imho, this show is miles ahead of the books and the films, so unless you just don’t like gore (even the artistic gore this show serves up) you should give it a try. The aesthetics alone are cinema quality.

          • Cee

            I wouldn’t classify Dracula as good—entertaining as hell, though. I have to admit, I wish that Hannibal could be on Showtime or something like, where it would really shine. The second season was much more uneven than the first, but I’m ready to see what they do with the third season with Lecter on the run.

        • Agent Sculder

          Mads Mikkelsen’s take on Lecter is VERY different from Anthony Hopkins’. It’s much quieter, and not as showy, but also more physical. And by that I mean that you can believe that this is a guy who could completely overpower another healthy person. With Hopkins, I had a had time believing this guy could do the things Lecter was supposed to have done. But when there have been opportunities for more action-y scenes, Mikkelsen is ridiculously good in them thanks to his dance training.

          I’ve never been a big fan of Silence of the Lambs (the film), although I did like the book. I much preferred Manhunter which is Michael Mann’s version of Red Dragon where Lecter is played by Brian Cox. The movie is VERY 80s, but the performances are all good.

  • Anne Elise

    After that finale……….I couldn’t care less about his style. He is a god to me. A god that I want to cuddle and pat on the back, but a god nonetheless.

  • DebbieLovesShoes

    “Hey, baby. You wanna come back to my place so I can stare at you impassionately?” HAHAHA. Perfect.

  • MoHub

    That face says, “I’d rather be anywhere but here.”

  • Mary Lauer

    The way his beard grows … he could have ROCKED a Vandyke if he were around in the 17th century!

  • Therese Bohn

    I’ll take his bitchface over Pete Campbell’s any day!

  • Chase

    Hugh is just angry about the existence of James McAvoy, his more successful Scottish clone.

  • formerlyAnon

    I dunno. Maybe because my face at rest is quite cranky even when I’m not, this comes off as . . . pleasantly restful to me. Like when you are sitting around with a friend reading or something and one of you looks up to say something and it’s that moment right before the face becomes animated with an expression.

    Which is a lot to say about the face of someone so many people find drop dead everything and whom I find no-big-deal pleasant looking, isn’t it? I like his clothes fine, but they do look home-assembled.

  • Molly Dowd

    Every time I see Hugh Dancy at these things he looks like a cardboard cutout of himself.

  • e jerry powell

    The look, not so much, but because he left the wife at home, I’ll snatch him out of it and run home with him under my arm.