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