TODAY | April 04, 2013
>> " hannibal " premieres tonight. and we have one of the stars with us.
>> nice to see you.
>> did you bring your slicker and your hat? the waterfall swing is available. hannibal is stirring a lot of excitement already. "people" magazine gave it 4 out of 4 stars saying you will eat it up and ask for more calling it nbc's best drama in forever.
>> are you gratified to see how much the critics are loving the show already?
>> yeah. i get it secondhand because i try not to read them. self-preservation. i hear we're going down very well.
>> let's make sure people understand. this is the story of the time before hannibal was known as a nut job. who do you play?
>> i play the guy that hasn't figured it out yet. will graham is my character. he's an fbi profiler. i end up inadvertently working with animals. he's out, he's on the street. we don't know what he gets up to and he's a psychiatrist.
>> your character is a little bit off, right? how would you describe him?
>> well, he finds it very easy to kind of walk in the shoes of violent criminals, which is obviously an uncomfortable gift.
>> this is a pretty creepy character. when you finished shooting, did you have a little trouble coming down?
>> no, going home is one of the best parts of the day. no, i love it. it's a great job, a brilliant cast, lawrence fishburne , really wonderful script. no, i go home happy.
>> when you call it " hannibal ," everybody knows what they're getting.
>> thank you so much. nice to see you.
>> you can catch the premiere tonight on nbc at 10:00 /9:00 central time .