Over 40 years ago, author Anne Rice penned the novel Interview with the Vampire. That novel changed vampire literature forever and made vampires more glamorous, as well as more gory, forever. It was only a matter of time before someone decided to adapt that novel into a film. It took nearly two decades, but in 1994, the Interview with the Vampire movie hit theaters, and that story once more changed the narrative for other vampire stories forever.
The film starred Brad Pitt as Louis, a broody vampire who wished to tell his story to a writer, portrayed by Christian Slater. Louis wanted to share the misery that he felt about being a vampire. The story he told also showed a vampire, Lestat (Tom Cruise), who reveled in being a creature of the night. There was also the child vampire Claudia (Kirsten Dunst), who was the final member of their horrible little family of three. Directed by Neil Jordan, the movie proved a box office hit, as well as garnered two Academy Award nominations.
Here are some Crazy Details Behind The Making Of Interview With The Vampire.
1. ANNE RICE HATED THE CASTING OF TOM CRUISE AS LESTAT
The casting of Tom Cruise as Lestat proved a controversial decision early on in the film's production. No one believed the actor could tackle a role of such fantastically glory depth, including the author who created the character, Anne Rice. Rice spoke out publicly against Cruise's casting. In an interview with Movieline, she said the following about Cruise's casting: "Oh, the choice is just so bizarre." She stated that she believed that Brad Pitt, the actor cast for Louis, would make a much better Lestat.
2. BRAD PITT HATED MAKING THE MOVIE
Although Pitt's performance as the brooding and moody Louis was perfect in the film, a lot of it wasn't really acting. Pitt often speaks about how miserable he felt during the filming of Interview with the Vampire. When asked about what it was like working on the movie at the time, he told The Times-Picayune: "I am miserable," Pitt said. "Six months in the... dark."
It's no surprise. Almost every scene in the movie took place at night, and there was also a lengthy make-up process to endure every day that included yellow contact lenses. Pitt even admitted to trying to quit the production, but because it would cost him $40 million to break his contract, he stayed on.
3. KIRSTEN DUNST HAD HER FIRST ON-SCREEN KISS IN THE FILM
Most actors don't get to have their first kiss on film until they're at least teenagers, but Kirsten Dunst had her first kiss at the age of 11 as the vampire Claudia in Interview with a Vampire. That kiss was with Brad Pitt. Considering that most actresses would have loved to have kissed Pitt at the time, it's funny that Dunst referred to that kiss as "disgusting." She told the IB Times: “He had this long hair. He was just a hippie-ish cool dude. Everyone at the time was like, ‘You’re so lucky you kissed Brad Pitt,’ but I thought it was disgusting. I didn’t kiss anyone else until I was 16, I think. I was a late bloomer."
4. ANNE RICE ADMITTED SHE WAS WRONG ABOUT TOM CRUISE
Although Rice initially hated Cruise's casting as Lestat in the movie, the actor proved the author wrong. After Rice saw the film, she admitted that Cruise made an excellent Lestat. She went so far as to call Cruise on the phone and tell him how wonderful he was, as well as how wrong she had been to criticize him so much early on.
5. TOM CRUISE PREPARED FOR THE ROLE BY WATCHING LIONS ATTACK ZEBRAS
As an actor, becoming a creature such as a vampire requires a different kind of preparation than the usual sort of backstory work that actors do. Although the vampires in Rice's world appear human, they have other characteristics that also make them animalistic.
Cruise thought that the best inspiration he could find for the character would come from watching nature documentaries. He focused on those showing lions attacking zebras. For anyone who has seen footage of lions in the wild hunting their prey, some of those actions might seem similar Cruise's physicality in the film.
Cruise's hard work paid off: fans of the novel believe he nailed the role.