The film tells the story of the vampire Louis (Brad Pitt), who stumbled upon a horrible tragedy that will change his life forever: in the last decade of the eighteenth century, in the city of New Orleans, Louis loses his wife and daughter and falls into a deep depression.
This draws the attention of the vampire Lestat (Tom Cruise), who attacks him and transforms him into an immortal being. The two will find themselves side by side for a long time, in a difficult coexistence that will have completely unexpected implications.
This film was very successful at the box office, grossing around $ 230 million. He collected many Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations, winning the MTV Movie Awards for his portrayal of Kirsten Dunst and Brad Pitt, while Tom Cruise was awarded the Best Actor Award in a Thriller / Horror Movie.
The role of reporter Daniel Malloy was originally supposed to be River Phoenix, but the actor died a few weeks before filming began. This led Christian Slater, the actor who replaced him, to donate all of his salary to the charities preferred by his deceased colleague. In the credits, there is also a dedication to Phoenix.
A sequel was also broadcast, “The Queen of the Damned”, also based on the book of the same name by Anne Rice, which tells the facts prior to this film, regarding the vampire Lestat.
Brad Pitt was not very happy with his role in Interview with the Vampire: he could not tolerate contact lenses and he did not feel comfortable in the costumes used for the shoot. As the actor himself told a few years ago in an interview granted to Entertainment Weekly, Pitt wanted to leave filming and asked producer David Geffen if it was possible. These are the words of the actor:
I told him, “David, I can’t go on. When would it cost me to leave? “ And he, very calmly, replied: “40 million dollars”.
At that point I recovered, I strengthened myself and I realized that I must necessarily go forward.
As in the case of Malloy, other actors were consulted for the role of the evil vampire Lestat before giving the part to Tom Cruise.
Johnny Depp and Tom Hanks turned down the role, as did Jeremy Irons, the production’s first choice. It seems that the actor did not want to undergo hours and hours of makeup to become a vampire, as the same fate had befallen him for The House of the Spirits.
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