If you’ve seen “Silence of the Lambs,” you probably remember the moment when cannibal Hannibal Lecter tells Clarice Starling “I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti.”
It’s a chilling, sociopathic scene, and it turns out there might be a hidden meaning within the line.
A redditor recently pointed out that the line might be a clever way of Lecter revealing that he was not taking his meds:
“Great line from Silence of the Lambs everyone knows. But most people don’t realise Dr Hannibal Lecter is making a medical joke.
"Lecter could be treated with drugs called monoamine oxidase inhibitors - MAOIs. As a psychiatrist, Lecter knows this.
"The three things you can’t eat with MAOIs? Liver, beans, wine.
"Lecter is a) cracking a joke for his own amusement, and b) saying he’s not taking his meds.”
HOLY SHIT! Thomas Harris, the writer of the Lecter novels, is a goddamn genius.