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Johnny Depp Likes His Vampires Classic!

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Johnny Depp is playing vampire Barnabas Collins in Tim Burton's upcoming film adaptation of the old soap Dark Shadows.

And you know he's gonna BA-RING IT! As always!

But playing a vampire has him talking about modern creatures of the night and how they're just so curious to him.

The god has this to say on the subject:

The memory that I have of watching the show as a kid, Jonathan Frid and what he did with that character (Dark Shadows' Barnabas) was the main inspiration, for sure. But also the idea of, over the years, these vampire movies have come out and vampire TV shows and stuff like that, and you go, 'Well, nobody looks like a vampire, man. What happened?'

I adored Dracula, still do. I adored [everyone] from Bela Lugosi to Christopher Lee. I adore Nosferatu, [played by] Max Schrek. I adore all those wonderful sort-of horror films. And it was an opportunity really, an opportunity to sort of go into what really doesn't exist [onscreen] so much anymore, which is classic monster makeup and a classic monster character. So that was really the inspiration Tim and I talked about.

Wellll, we totally get your point, Johnny, but we loove our Alexander Skarsgard and Ian Somerhalder juuust the way they are!

Of course, we're totally gonna love you too. You can bite our neck anytime!!!

[Image via Nikki Nelson/WENN.]

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10 comments to “Johnny Depp Likes His Vampires Classic!”



  1. 1

    I agree. Love the classic vampire. Anne Rice's Lestat was great too. Time to drive a stake into the heart of the wimpy ass sparkly sulky emo vampires that are only made for teenage girl fantasies.



  2. 2

    I just pray that the leaked pic of him in white face with made up lips was a joke. Barbabas was a handsome charmer, not a Nosferatu/MJ freak.



  3. 3

    Johnny Depp is losing his mind! Not only did he want real cock fighting in his movie (definitely animal abuse), but he thinks he was raped by having his photo taken?!? What a jerk!!!!!!!!!!



  4. 4

    Hahahaha he so subtley dissed Twilight and all the other shitty vampire stuff that's been going around lately, I love it. I'm all for vampires actually looking like monsters.



  5. 5

    Re: ladykiller – About feeling raped ..he said it not in a sexual context,you know what he meant,and about animal abuse..is hard to belive because he is a good man..maybe he is smoking something weird..you know what I mean?



  6. 6

    And I prefer Johnny's vampire than the others guys,Johnny is hot not matter what!…but Ian somerhalder come second..



  7. 7

    I trust that the movie will portray Barnabas along the spirit of his original character. Being another of the generation to run home from school to watch the original series, we all have a certain reverence for the character. One of the main fascinations of this vampire arises from his being a true human underneath the monster, and indeed his evolution in Dark Shadows brings him from a monster unleashed to a sympathetic protagonist. The audiences begins by fearing and loathing him to rooting for him.

    My own intrigue for Barnabas caused me to write a song about him that captures his complexity and inner struggle, with his hope for personal redemption. You can hear a rough draft along with accompanying footage from the original series on my YouTube….



  8. 8

    To any real fans of the show: Yeah, the pics look intersting, but does anyone know why there is no Josette/Maggie character? She was major.



  9. 9

    Re: Guardianz – My YouTube username is andrewsongs if you want to check out the song.



  10. 10

    Re: ladykiller
    I am a great nature- and animal-friend and can hardly believe there's any REAL animal abuse in a JD-film, bur IF that's true……..that would be ABSOLUTELY MORE HORRIBLE & DISGUSTING than the "vampire" himself!!