Monday, February 4, 2008
The Ted Levine Effect
Even though Silence of the Lambs came out almost 20 years ago, Ted Levine's character, Jaime "Buffalo Bill" Gumb, has left an indelible imprint on the psyche of moviewatchers that will outlast him and all of us.
To this day, even people that were adults when they first saw SotL are haunted by the memory of Buffalo Bill in a dank, dingy cellar...holding a screaming girl captive whilst sewing up a suit made of human skin to make him a "woman".
No one can listen to "Goodbye Horses" without being reminded of the shock of seeing a grown man on cinema dancing with his dick tucked between his legs.
Ted, as a fan of cinema and a fan of "mindfucks", I salute you. Your performance was brilliant, and we all hate you for it. Well, in a way.