Nearly 30 years after Jonathan Demme’s The Silence of the Lambs terrified moviegoing audiences and swept the Oscars, Jodie Foster reprised her ambitious FBI agent Clarice Starling with Stephen Colbert, who’s serial-killer cannibal Hannibal Lecter is scarily good.
The sketch that aired on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert recreates the famous first meeting between Clarice and Hannibal in which he sizes her up from her shoes and her bag to the scent of her skin scream. This time, Clarice is a card-carrying Sam’s Club member who buys her hand lotion in bulk and who’s working for Robert Mueller, special counsel on the investigation into Donald Trump’s ties possible ties to Russia.
Foster’s Clarice asks Colbert’s Hannibal if he knows Trump, and he explains that they were once golfing buddies who ate their caddie. “Quid pro quo,” Hannibal says. “What is his nature? What does he do, this idiot you seek?”
“He’s an idiot who says the first thing that comes to mind,” Clarice responds. At his goading, she shares with Lecter the most frightening part of election night 2016 — an incident that’s not entirely unlike the screaming of the lambs.
Watch the sketch below.