Hoo-Ah! Al Pacino As Lestat In INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE Concept Art

Hoo-Ah! Al Pacino As Lestat In INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE Concept Art

Hey Louis, let me buy you a pack of gum. I'll show you how to chew it. Believe it or not, at one time Al Pacino ("Scent of a Woman") was rumored to be interested in playing Tom Cruise's role in 1994's Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles. Check it out!

Before geek nation freaked out about Ben Affleck becoming Batman in Zack Snyder's upcoming film, Batman Vs. Superman, there was an uproar when Tom Cruise ("Top Gun") was announced as Lestat in 1994's Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles. Fans of Anne Rices's 1976 vampire novel, which the film is based on, were irate about Cruise playing Lestat. It didn't help that Rice herself publicly knocked the casting choice, saying, "I was particularly stunned by the casting of Cruise, who is no more my vampire Lestat than Edward G. Robinson is Rhett Butler." After seeing the film, Rice had a change of heart. She would go on to say, "From the moment he appeared Tom was Lestat for me. He has the immense physical and moral presence; he was defiant and yet never without conscience; the guy was great."

Before Tom Cruise won the role, John Malkovich, Peter Weller, Alexander Godunov and Brad Pitt (he played Louis) were considered for Lestat, and supposedly Johnny Depp and Jeremy Irons even turned down the part. What you may not know, is that Al Pacino ("Serpico") was interested in the role. Below, you will find a quote and concept art from Miles Teves. He was a conceptual illustrator working for Stan Winston Studio at the time.
"For a short time, at the beginning of the production, Al Pacino was rumored to have wanted the role of LeStat. I provided this image to help the studio make a decision. His presence as an actor , though an unusual choice, might have infused the character with more gravitas. Few command the screen like the indomitable Pacino." - Miles Teves


The undead are among us and livelier than ever when Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt and a talented group of young-bloods star in Interview with the Vampire, the spellbinding screen adaptation of Anne Rice's best seller that's "one the best films of the year" (Caryn James, The New York Times). Award-winning box-office favorite Cruise stylishly plays the supremely evil and charismatic vampire Lestat. Pitt is Louis, lured by Lestat into the immortality of the damned, then tormented by an unalterable fact of vampire life: to survive, he must kill. Stephen Rea, Antonio Banderas, Christian Slater and newcomer Kirsten Dunst also star. One lifetime alone offers plenty of opportunities for the savage revelries of the night. Imagine what an eternity can bring. Hypnotically directed by Neil Jordan (The Crying Game), Interview with the Vampire offers enough thrills, shocks and fiendish fun to last a lifetime...and beyond.
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Niklander - 11/16/2013, 4:34 PM
Holy shit Al Pacino was awesome in The Devil's Advocate but him as Lestat!?Nope Tom Cruise nailed it
DEATHbyEXILE - 11/16/2013, 4:41 PM
nowtheresaBATman - 11/16/2013, 4:42 PM
Tom Cruise's best role. Atleast my favorite, He's at his best when playing a villain, Collateral, Interview etc.

That's a great drawing but the artist must not know that Al Pacino couldn't be farther away from Anne Rice's idea of the character. Youthful, blonde, blue-eyed, devilishly handsome....not even when Pacino was young would he have qualified. Well ok maybe devilishly handsome....
MrDonut - 11/16/2013, 4:47 PM
I remember first seeing this film when I was like 11, didn't really get it but saw my first (multiple) bush lol. Watched it properly when I was like 17/18, enjoyed it then. Heard they were rebooting this series though, any truth to that?
nowtheresaBATman - 11/16/2013, 4:47 PM
Al Pacino as the devil in Advocate though was golden. Probably the best portrayal of the devil ever. Purposely moved his tongue around like a snake...

Getting a blow job under the table while starring at Lomax & licking his lips w/ a fiendish grin...that & about every other scene he stole. Brilliant casting.
nowtheresaBATman - 11/16/2013, 4:48 PM
oh yeah good point but still he wouldn't of worked...
DEATHbyEXILE - 11/16/2013, 4:52 PM
Gmoney84 - 11/16/2013, 4:55 PM
One of my favorite book series and favorite films.
nowtheresaBATman - 11/16/2013, 4:56 PM
Excellent scene, I liked that scene when he was a hiding from the helicopter lights in that run down mansion in New Orleans towards the end...

Trent Reznor was/maybe still is Anne Rice's neighbor/good friend, down in New Orleans....coincidence? Queen of the Damned comes to mind...
superbatspiderman - 11/16/2013, 4:56 PM
Lestat is probably my favorite Tom Cruise performance. He was very evil and creepy.

I really liked him at the end of the movie when he is talking to Christian Slater's character. The laugh he makes is quite evil sounding.

nowtheresaBATman - 11/16/2013, 4:58 PM
My favorite book in the series is The Vampire Lestat. IMO the best. Too bad those Hollywood morons skipped right over it & went straight into that shitty Queen of the Damned movie...
batcheeks8 - 11/16/2013, 4:59 PM
I hope they never reboot/remake this.. Only vampire movie ever made that I liked.

Also interesting that this movie changed the image people had of vampires from monsters like Dracula to today's more.. eh.. romantic image.
DEATHbyEXILE - 11/16/2013, 4:59 PM
Let's not forget that sweet superman cameo
Inhuman - 11/16/2013, 5:01 PM
Wow! That would have been cool to see.
damntree - 11/16/2013, 5:02 PM
Well, dodged a bullet there.
nowtheresaBATman - 11/16/2013, 5:07 PM
Anne Rice is the best female fiction writer I've read.

Hey now that I think of it- Kirsten Dunst's best role she's ever played as well LOL
SuperCat - 11/16/2013, 5:09 PM
batcheeks8 - 11/16/2013, 5:10 PM
nowtheresaBATman - 11/16/2013, 5:13 PM
Indeed. I was completely turned off on the Queen movie when they re-casted Armand. Banderas was awesome...but his replacement was weak sauce. Townsend was okaaaay.

Interview was also another movie that we would've seen River Phoenix in....Interview & Total Eclipse (Dicaprio filled in nicely on Eclipse)

nowtheresaBATman - 11/16/2013, 5:16 PM
John Milton's got his own brand of sugar I see ;)
SuperCat - 11/16/2013, 5:48 PM
@ nowtheresaBATman

Lol! Booger sugar!
supermarioworldE - 11/16/2013, 6:00 PM
Lol, he looks like Rick Flair.
mgeoff88 - 11/16/2013, 8:56 PM
Say hello to my little friends*shows fangs*. ;P
nowtheresaBATman - 11/16/2013, 9:40 PM
Holy shit he DOES look like Rick Flair whooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!
Brainiac13 - 11/17/2013, 1:40 AM
This was Tom Cruise's best role along with Jerry Mcgire.
HorrorPilot - 11/17/2013, 6:00 AM
As I understand it, Anne Rice had Sting in mind to play the part when she wrote The Vampire Chronicles.

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