With the latest chapter in the "Twilight" saga set to hit the big screen, many young people are ready to flock to watch Robert Pattinson and the other heartthrobs involves in the new movie. In the case of Pattinson, playing a vampire is what helped him rise in fame. However, the history of movies has seen many actors with already established careers don the fangs. Here is a look at five notable actors that assumed the role of a vampire after already hitting it big in other movies.
Bowie is much more famous for his singing voice than his acting chops. But he has appeared in a number of movies. One of those movies saw Bowie portray a vampire named John. In "The Hunger," a 1983 British movie, Bowie doesn't really play a starring role. He seems like a victim after his lover tricks him into thinking that he will live eternally as a young man. Instead, he begins to age rapidly and winds up stuck in a coffin in the attic. This move isn't really memorable any other way than seeing the established pop star on the big screen.
In "Interview with the Vampire," Cruise plays a purely evil vampire named Lestat. He sort of acts like a variation of Yoda to Brad Pitt, who plays a new vampire in the movie. Cruise teaches him the importance of killing and feeding. Eventually, the two sort of adopt a young girl played by Kirstin Dunst. Eventually, Lestat's evil ways lead the other two to kill him. He returns a couple of other times in the movie, but the majority of screen time comes in the first half of the movie. Cruise did a great job in this movie, shedding his nice guy image to play a pretty vile vampire.
Murphy's long career has been marked by periods of hit movies followed by periods of flops. In 1995, Murphy was definitely in a down period. That's when he portrayed a vampire in Wes Craven's "Vampire in Brooklyn." The combination of horror and comedy didn't blend well in this movie and it is pretty forgettable. Still, it has some nice camp value. Seeing Murphy play vampire feels so wrong that it is almost funny.
Pitt was also a star when "Interview with the Vampire" came out. Of course, he looks nothing like the Pitt we know today. He has long flowing hair in this movie and looks a lot more like Fabio than the actor we see running around with Angelina Jolie. In any case, he's the exact opposite of Cruise in this movie. He plays a soft, gentle vampire that can't stomach the violence that comes with the territory. He does a nice job, but not as nice as Cruise.
Snipes might actually be more famous for "Blade" than anything else he had done in the past. Though he had appeared in a number of comedy and action hits, his turn as a superhero kind of vampire might be his most famous role. He played the character in three movies and earned his cult status among fans of the comic book the movies were based on. Snipes hasn't really done much since the "Blade" movies, so playing a vampire might ultimately define his legacy.
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- Brad Pitt
- David Bowie