Farrell's 'dangerous quality' secures 'Fright Night' role

Farrell's 'dangerous quality' secures 'Fright Night' role

Colin Farrell was the perfect choice to play a charming vampire in ‘Fright Night’ because he has a “dangerous quality”, according to director Craig Gillespie.

Farrell plays sweet-talking bloodsucker Jerry in a modern day remake of the 1985 cult classic, in which his character moves next door to horror movie obsessive Charley Brewster (Anton Yelchin), and Gillespie says he was the only man for the role.

He explained: “We were so lucky to get Colin. It was perfect. He epitomises the character in 'Fright Night'. There’s a dangerous quality to him and he’s very charismatic. He’s a very dark version of what’s been in the vampire realm these days.”

Colin is relishing the chance to play a blood sucking vampire but admitted he did struggle to keep his character believable.

He told Empire magazine: “I mean for sure you try to make things as real as possible. I have conversations with myself: ‘Well he wouldn’t do that’ and I go ‘What the f**k, he’s 400 years old’. I mean really? Craig and I have had arguments on how far to push it and how far not to.

“‘Twilight’ takes a lot of oxygen in a certain audience’s requirement. It has its place which is great but this is different. I believe it’s going to be fairly bloody. There’s not a lot of sex but sex is certainly implied more than once. Hopefully it will work on a plethora of levels.”

More in this Section

Victoria Beckham ‘so happy’ to have son Brooklyn back homeVictoria Beckham ‘so happy’ to have son Brooklyn back home

Danai Gurira: I’m daring to hope for lasting changeDanai Gurira: I’m daring to hope for lasting change

Former NFL star Colin Kaepernick signs first-look deal with DisneyFormer NFL star Colin Kaepernick signs first-look deal with Disney

Theatre boss says he hopes £1.57bn lifeline for the arts improves accessibilityTheatre boss says he hopes £1.57bn lifeline for the arts improves accessibility


Lifestyle

One iron-clad prediction for the future is that virtual reality will only get bigger and better. For now, however, virtual reality is content with taking baby steps forward, by allowing gamers to become iron-clad instead.GameTech review: Solid offering from Iron Man VR shows virtual reality getting bigger

Often dismissed as the unruly fashion child thanks to the denim cut-off, shorts are a major player this season. As seen on the runways of The Row to Saint Laurent, designers are re-discovering the charm of shorts. Versatility is their style power. From knee-length to the biker there is one to suit all, writes Paula BurnsHow to find the perfect pair of shorts this summer

The skincare tips to help with mask acne and irritationThe Skin Nerd: How to counteract the effects of 'Mask Face' on your skin

As the junior TV talent show returns for a new series, Georgia Humphreys chats to Will.i.am and the other mentorsWill.i.am and other mentors back for new series of The Voice Kids

More From The Irish Examiner