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Jodie Foster Reprises Her Silence Of The Lambs Role In Hilarious Skit

Hello again, Clarice. 

In a recent episode of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Jodie Foster stepped back into her Oscar-winning role as Clarice Starling from The Silence of the Lambs. Colbert himself joined her, replacing Anthony Hopkins as the terrifying (though demonstrably less so here) cannibal killer Hannibal Lecter for a skit that spoofs the thriller movie. 

The premise of the skit roots itself in the ongoing investigation into President Donald Trump and his administration's ties to Russia, with Foster's Starling now working as an FBI agent under Special Counsel Robert Mueller. She visits Colbert's Lecter in prison and asks him questions related to Mueller's probe into Trump's connection with the foreign power, rattling off a list of evidence they have against the 45th president so far: "The 12 indictments against Manafort and Gates, Flynn pleading guilty of Kremlin intermediaries reaching out to the Trump campaign, unreported meetings with the Russian ambassador, the meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and the Russian lawyer, the messages between Donald Trump Jr. and WikiLeaks, Trump calling on Russia to find Clinton's missing emails." Colbert's Lecter quips back, "Seriously, you have that already? What do you need me for?"

Of course, the sketch also parodies some of the most popular lines and moments from The Silence of the Lambs, including Foster's Starling mentioning how she enjoys buying lotion in bulk at Sam's Club–"It rubs the Nivea on its skin," she says–and Colbert's Lecter using his keen sense of smell to picking up the scent of her perfume, which ends up actually just being the fragrance of the Glade wall plug-in.

Goofiness and political overtones aside, what's genuinely impressive is how Foster seamlessly slips back into Starling's thick southern accent and subtle nuances after having spent 25 years away from the character. 

Check it out in the video above. 

Seeing Foster in front of the camera nowadays is quite the treat, as she has made the transition from acting to directing. She helmed the drama film Money Monster last year, and took the reins on a few episodes of Orange Is the New Black and House of Cards. Foster's most recent directorial foray is an episode of the upcoming fourth season of Black Mirror. Entitled "Arkangel," the Foster-directed episode will hit Netflix on December 29.