‘Fright Night’ Star Liked Playing ‘Something Evil, Dark’

Christopher Mintz-Plasse speaks after MTV Sneak Peek Week screening.

At MTV’s first official Sneak Peek Week movie Monday night (May 30), a group of lucky filmgoers were treated to a special preview screening of “Fright Night,” Craig Gillespie’s re-vamped telling (pun intended) of the 1985 horror comedy classic, starring Colin Farrell, Anton Yelchin and Christopher Mintz-Plasse.

During the post-screening Q&A, special guests Mintz-Plasse and director Gillespie addressed the seemingly ever-present question of
why and how vampires are so popular these days. “There’s always vampires,” Gillespie said. “Over the last couple of decades, there’s ‘The Lost Boys,’ vampire Lestat [from 'Interview with the Vampire']. They go in and out, but they’re always around. It’s a funny thing about vampires, somebody was saying, ‘Vampires are sexy; werewolves aren’t sexy.’ ”

When asked if playing a vampire was something Mintz-Plasse had on his actor wish list before signing onto “Fright Night,” he said he had so much fun that he now understands why so many people enjoy donning fangs and sucking blood onscreen. “It was awesome to do,” Mintz-Plasse said. “Now I get it why people play vampires.”

That is, everything but the intense make-up job he apparently had to endure. “The [make-up] was kind of a pain in the ass,” Mintz-Plasse revealed. “Four hours a day sitting in a chair, getting that stuff done. It was cool to play something evil and dark, have this rasp to your voice and hate Anton [Yelchin, who plays Mintz-Plasse's character's former BFF], which is hard to do, he’s a sweet guy, but it’s cool to play that character.”

Mintz-Plasse, Gillespie and “Fright Night” are just the beginning of our Sneak Peek Week lead into the Movie Awards. The five-day mini film fest is a week of special screenings designed to keep building the excitement for our annual, unpredictable and always-entertaining event.

Tuesday’s screening is “The Art of Getting By,” followed by a Q&A with stars Emma Roberts, Elizabeth Reaser, Michael Angarano and director Gavin Wiesen. Wednesday night, we’ll screen “Horrible Bosses,” with Jason Bateman and director Seth Gordon. Thursday night is “The Help,” with Emma Stone and Bryce Dallas Howard; and Friday is “30 Minutes or Less” with Aziz Ansari, Michael Pena and Ruben Fleischer.

Will vampires and werewolves own the 2011 MTV Movie Awards? Can wizards or dream thieves steal the Golden Popcorn? Find out June 5, when the 20th annual show airs live at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Sneak Peek Week, starting May 30, is five days of exclusives and interviews with the casts of “Fright Night,” “Horrible Bosses” and more. Check out everything there is to know about Sneak Peek Week and the Movie Awards at MovieAwards.MTV.com!