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Why Mason Verger Is Vergar For Michael Pitt Season 3?

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Mason Verger Michael Pitt: Season 2 of Hannibal featured the repulsive villain Mason Verger, however the character was hastily recast before to season 3’s production.

Season 2 of Hannibal featured the repulsive villain Mason Verger, however the character was hastily recast before to season 3’s production. Mason is a character straight out of Thomas Harris’ 1999 novel Hannibal, commonly known as Hannibal.

Mason is played by Gary Oldman in filmmaker Ridley Scott’s 2001 Hannibal film adaption. Mason is portrayed as the heir of a meatpacking fortune who uses his money and connections to get away with all kinds of atrocious deeds in the novel, movie, and TV series.

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Torture of animals and child molesting are two examples of these acts. Mason also enjoys teasing his sister Margot, a character not portrayed in the film but played by Ginger Snaps star Katharine Isabelle in the Hannibal TV show.

As obviously terrible as Dr. Hannibal Lecter is, one can’t help but root for him against Mason, who Lecter’s perverted sense of morality finds just as distasteful as everyone else exposed to him.

Mason Verger, played by Michael Pitt (Funny Games, Boardwalk Empire), was a tough and repulsive secondary adversary in Hannibal Season 2. For season 3, however, the character was unexpectedly recast with Joe Anderson (The Ruins). This is why.

Why was Mason Verger recast for Season 3 of Hannibal?

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When it came to choosing a new actor to play Mason Verger in season 3, Hannibal creator Bryan Fuller had no option, unlike most TV recasting decisions. Michael Pitt left the show between seasons 2 and 3, unwilling to reprise his role as Mason.

While Pitt has a reputation for being difficult to work with, Fuller and Pitt allegedly had a strong working relationship, and Pitt’s decision not to return was reportedly due to schedule conflicts with other projects he was working on.

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Pitt stated in an interview some months before the recasting that he wanted to return to Hannibal, but that his schedule would prevent him from doing so.

Pitt chose a good time to flee, since Mason had been left horrifically deformed and crippled during a drugged encounter with Hannibal Lecter. In both the literary and film adaptations of Hannibal, he met a similar end.

Mason’s face had to be rebuilt through surgery, which helped to explain why he looked so different when season 3 arrived. There’s no need for Pitt or Anderson to return for a possible Hannibal season 4 because Mason was later killed by his sister Margot.

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