by Stefan Doyno
He played the King of Macedonia in “Alexander,” the super villain Bullseye in “Daredevil” and now he’s Jerry Dandrige, the vampire next door in the upcoming remake of the 1985 cult horror hit “Fright Night.” Colin Farrell stars as the anti-Edward Cullen, a menacing vampire who moves in next door to suspicious teenager and eventual nemesis Charley Brewster, played by Anton Yelchin.
MTV News caught up with Christopher Mintz-Plasse (who plays Yelchin’s best friend in the movie, ’Evil’ Ed Thompson) and director Craig Gillespie last night in Los Angeles as part of MTV Sneak Peak Week, and the pair said that Farrell’s natural talents as both a comedic and dramatic actor made him the perfect choice to play Jerry.
“It’s a very dark character, but he has a humor about him,” explained Gillespie. “He’s very sinister. Just trying to get somebody that can play that, walk that line [like] he had in ’In Bruges,’ which he’s so funny in, and then he’s played the very dramatic stuff, so I just felt like he could really walk that tightrope.”
Mintz-Plasse agreed and said that Farrell portrayed the vampire in several different ways, including a well known impression at the end of each take.
“It was really, actually awesome to watch him act as a vampire,” Mintz-Plasse said. “At the end of every one [take] he would do his Dracula impression … you could put together this whole movie with Colin doing a Dracula impression!”
Now that’s something to look forward to on the DVD!
The R-rated “Fright Night” is set to be released on August 19, and from the look of things, it’s sure to be a bloody good time.