March 16, 2012

Tell us what you really think: Anne Rice

Prior to the release of Interview with the Vampire (1994) Anne Rice very publicly criticized the casting of Tom Cruise in the role of her character Vampire Lestat:

“The Tom Cruise casting is just so bizarre, it’s almost impossible to imagine how it’s going to work. I do think Tom Cruise is a fine actor, [but] you have to know what you can do and what you can’t do.”

Once Rice saw the film, she changed her tune:

“There is one problem created by the compelling charm of Tom’s performance, obviously. Since he isn’t all that nasty, why does Louis hate Lestat? How can he?”

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  2. I think Tom Cruise was perfect for Lestat, but I disagree with her that Lestat isn't nasty enough to make Louis hate him. I hated Lestat! One of the happiest moments of my life is when Claudia tries to get rid of him. =D