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Interview with the Vampire

• Director: Neil Jordan
• Writer: Anne Rice
• Release Date: 11 November 1994 (USA)
• MPAA Rating: Rated R for vampire violence and gore, and for sexuality.
• Parents Guide: View content advisory for parents
• Genre: Fantasy
• Runtime: 123 min.
• Box Office #s: Here

Cast Highlights
• Brad Pitt
• Tom Cruise
• Christian Slater
• Thandie Newton
• Antonio Banderas

It hadn’t even been a year since a plantation owner named Louis had lost his wife in childbirth. Both his wife and the infant died, and now he has lost his will to live. A vampire named Lestat takes a liking to Louis and offers him the chance to become a creature of the night: a vampire. Louis accepts, and Lestat drains Louis’ mortal blood and then replaces it with his own, turning Louis into a vampire. Louis must learn from Lestat the ways of the vampire.

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Trivia

  • Christina Ricci, Dominique Swain, Julia Stiles, Erin Moore and Evan Rachel Wood auditioned for the role of Claudia.
  • Author Anne Rice wrote the original part of Lestat for the 1976 novel with Rutger Hauer in mind. The rights to the novel were optioned by Paramount for $150,000 before the book was first published. John Travolta was then earmarked to play Lestat but Dracula (1979), Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht (1979), and Love at First Bite (1979) put the project into turnaround. By the time a movie was to be filmed, Hauer and Travolta had become too old to portray the ever-young vampire. Upon learning that Tom Cruise had been cast, she was quite disappointed and expressed concern that Cruise could not carry the part. After attending a screening, Rice wrote a letter of apology, quite pleased with Cruise’s portrayal.
  • Tom Cruise wanted a private set, and hence tunnels were built to escort the actors to and from the set. This was done so that the vampire’s makeup effects would remain a secret.
  • Tom Cruise was placed on an elevated platform during some scenes to reduce the height difference between his character and other vampires.
  • The scenes set on the riverfront in New Orleans (including the infamous “Chat Noir”) were filmed on a false front built on the levee downriver from the actual French Quarter. The entire set was constructed around the old section of Jackson Barracks, a National Guard post.
  • The river scenes were done by removing such modern items as the Greater New Orleans Bridge and radio towers and replacing them with 18th century sailing vessels in post-production. The sailing vessels on the set were Alexandria and Gazela.
  • Many buildings and street lights were darkened for the filming by agreement with the companies and the city. The set was immediately torn down after the filming.
  • The character Lestat’s full name is Lestat de Lioncourt. He was based on Anne Rice’s husband Stan Rice, and even given Stan Rice’s birthday of 7 November.
  • The character Louis’ full name is Louis de Pointe du Lac. Louis was based on Anne Rice as she grieved for her deceased daughter, Michelle. Louis was even given Anne Rice’s birthday of 4 October.
  • The estate of Louis (Brad Pitt) in the beginning of the film was the historic Oak Alley Plantation located on the Mississippi River in Vacherie, Louisiana, which is near New Orleans. The plantation’s “guest book” is on display and was signed by Pitt and Tom Cruise.
  • Johnny Depp was offered the role of Lestat.
  • Heathcote Williams was going to be in this film but was replaced
  • Author Anne Rice was so pleased with this adaptation that she took out a two page ad in both Vanity Fair and the New York Times endorsing it as “a masterpiece”.
  • The Old Coliseum Theatre in New Orleans, seen when Louis goes to see Tequila Sunrise (1988) in 1988, burned down on 3 February 2006.
  • Christian Slater was given the role of Daniel upon the death of River Phoenix, who was originally supposed to be Daniel. Slater donated his $250,000 salary to two of Phoenix’ favorite charities.
  • While the production was filming in London, Brad Pitt stayed in a house which used to be owned by Peter Cushing.
  • In the book, the reason why Louis becomes depressed in the beginning of the movie is because he feels guilty about the death of his brother; not because he had a wife and child that died. In fact, he never had a wife in the book version.
  • Neil Jordan retained final cut on the film.
  • The first film production to be given permission to close down two lanes of traffic on the Golden Gate Bridge.
  • Christian Slater had to have his shooting schedule for Murder in the First (1995) be reworked to allow him to appear in the film.
  • Tom Cruise spent 3 and a half hours every day in the make-up chair.
  • Tom Cruise prepped for the role of Lestat by watching videos of lions attacking zebras in the wild.
  • Although the screen credits read “Screenplay by Anne Rice based on her novel”, the script was actually heavily rewritten by director Neil Jordan. Writers Guild rules meant that Rice got credit.
  • Thandie Newton and Tom Cruise also appear together in Mission: Impossible II (2000).
  • Oprah Winfrey stormed out of the premiere during the first reel, disgusted by the amount of blood in the film.
  • Jeremy Irons turned down the part of Lestat as he didn’t want to play another character that required hours in the make-up chair, coming off the back of The House of the Spirits (1993).
  • Kirsten Dunst later starred in the music video ‘I Knew I Loved You’ by Savage Garden, a band which took its name from the same Anne Rice novel series.

Quotes

Claudia: Locked together in hatred. But I can’t hate you Louis. Louis my love, I was mortal till you gave me your immortal kiss. You became my mother, and my father, and so I’m yours forever. But now it’s time to end it, Louis. Now it’s time to leave him.

Louis: Do you think I would let them harm you.
Claudia: No you would not Louis, danger holds you to me.
Louis: Love holds you to me.

Claudia: You… fed on me.
Louis: Yes. And he found me with you, and he cut his wrist and fed you from it and you were a vampire and have been every night thereafter.
Claudia: You both did it.
Louis: [crying] I took your life… He gave you another one.
Claudia: And here it is, and I hate you both.

Louis: You see that old woman? That will never happen to you. You will never grow old, and you will never die.
Claudia: And it means something else too, doesn’t it? I shall never ever grow up.

Louis: Claudia, don’t!
Claudia: [Beginning to cut her hair] Why not? Can’t I change, like everybody else?

Lestat: Mon dieu, what melancholy nonsense. I swear you grow more like Louis each day. Soon you’ll be eating rats!
Claudia: Rats? When did you eat rats Louis?
Louis: It was a long, long time ago. Before you were born, and I don’t recommend them.

Claudia: Madeleine, Louis is shy.
Madeleine: Drink.
Claudia: Do it, Louis, because I cannot, I haven’t the strength. You saw to that when you made me.
Louis: You haven’t the vaguest conception under God what you ask.
Madeleine: Au contraire, Monsieur, I have.
Claudia: You have found your new companion, Louis, You will make me mine.

Claudia: Goodnight sweet prince, may flights of devils wing you to your rest.

Claudia: Who will take care of me my love, my dark angel, when you are gone?

Claudia: Do you know what his soul said to me, without saying a word? ‘Let him go’, he said ‘Let him go’.

Claudia: I promise I’ll get rid of the bodies.

Louis: Vampires pretending to be humans, pretending to be vampires.
Claudia: How avant-garde.

Claudia: Which one of you did it? One of you did it! Which on of you made me the way I am?
Lestat: What you are? A vampire gone insane that pollutes its own bed?
Claudia: And if I cut my hair again?
Lestat: It will grow back again.
Claudia: But it wasn’t always so. I had a mother once, and Louis, he had a wife. He was mortal the same as she and so was I.
Louis: Claudia!
Claudia: You made us what we are, didn’t you?
Lestat: Stop her, Louis.
Claudia: Did you do it to me?
[slashes Lestat’s face, and it heals immediately] Claudia: How did you do it?
Lestat: Why should I tell you? It’s in my power.
Claudia: Why yours alone? Tell me how it was done.
Lestat: Be glad I made you what you are. You’d be dead now if I hadn’t, just like that damned corpse. Now, get rid of it!
Claudia: You get rid of it.

Claudia: It’s time we were on our way. I’m hungry, and the city awaits.

Claudia: I came to make peace with you, even though you are the father of lies.

Louis: Bear me no ill will my love we are now even.
Claudia: What do you mean?
Louis: What died in that room was not that woman. What has died is the last breath in me that was human.
Claudia: Yes, Father. At last we are even.

Claudia: Louis what’s happening to her?
Louis: She is dying. It happened to you too, but you were to young to remember.

Lestat: Listen Louis. There’s life in these old hands still. Not quite Furioso. Moderato? Cantabile, perhaps.
Claudia: How can it be?
Lestat: Bless the alligator. His blood helped. Been on the diet of the blood of snakes, toads, and all the putrid life of the Mississippi. Slowly, Lestat became something like himself again. Claudia… You’ve been a very, very, naughty little girl.

[watching a nude prostitute] Lestat: Now that is pure Creole. Trust Claudia to have found her. What, don’t you want her?
Claudia: I want to be her.

Claudia: Where’s mama?
Lestat: Mama… mama has gone to heaven, Chérie, like that sweet lady right there. They all go to heaven.
Louis: All but us.
Lestat: Shh. Do you want to frighten our little daughter?
Claudia: I’m not your daughter.
Lestat: Oh, yes, you are. You’re mine and Louis’ daughter now. You see, Louis was going to leave us, he was going to go away, but now he’s not. Now, he’s going to stay and make you happy.
Claudia: Louis.
Louis: You fiend.
Lestat: One happy family.

Lestat: Claudia… Claudia. Claudia! What have you done?
Claudia: What you told me to do!
Louis: Leave a corpse here to rot?
Claudia: I wanted her. I wanted to be her!

Lestat: [after Claudia kills the piano teacher] Claudia, what have we told you?
Claudia: Never in the house.

Lestat: Enough! Enough! Stop!
Claudia: I want some more.