The last time that we saw Mason Verger (as played by Michael Pitt) on Hannibal, the sadistic meat-packing industry figure had received a taste of his own medicine, after being drugged by Dr. Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen), who then led Mason to chop up his own face and feed it to Will Graham’s (Hugh Dancy) dogs… while also having Mason snack on his own nose (a nasty mix of bleak comedy and gruesome violence, even by the show’s Grand Guignol standards). Which is to say that, in the aftermath, Mason wasn’t quite as recognizable as his old self.
For that reason, the news that Pitt is being replaced by Joe Anderson as Mason (on Hannibal‘s upcoming third season) is less of a big deal, seeing as neither actor would have been recognizable in the role given the character’s current physical state (more on that later). Anderson is a character actor whose big screen work includes roles in Across the Universe, The Crazies, and The Grey; he more recently appeared on a pair of fairly short-lived genre TV shows, The River and The Divide.
- Sandy Schaefer/screenrant.com