"Raul just felt like he understood the material, he understood the character, … It takes a very specific actor to be able to navigate that. I just knew Raul could do it, and I love being in the editing room with those scenes with Raul, because he always tries something new and something funny. He improvises, like in the first one when he’s like, “Hannibal, Hannibal, Hannibal…” None of that was really scripted, and it just felt like he was such a goof that it’s fun to roll your eyes at him, but you’re actually invested in his role." - Bryan Fuller
And here, well he’s not very good with a gun obviously, but we found a guy that even in his not particularly appealing qualities is not someone you mind spending time with. He’s actually charming and foolish and there what was hardest about that last scene was trying to maintain his composure, maintain his sense of superiority, while at the same time completely unraveling.
— Raul Esparza on Frederick Chilton, Hannibal season two commentary, Yakimono (via rdlenix)