ByMark Newton, writer at
Movie Pilot Associate Editor. Email: [email protected]
Mark Newton

Believe it or not, there was a time when filmic vampires were not solely played by pale, skinny adolescent guys in leather jackets and wrist bands.

Take for example Lestat in 1994's Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles. Although eventually grabbed the role opposite , a whole host of movie badasses went up for the part. Indeed, , , and himself auditioned for the role, while and both turned the part down. Perhaps most surprisingly of all however, was that was once considered for Lestat. Check out this quote and concept art from artist Miles Teves below:

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.

What do you think? Would you have preferred Pacino to Cruise? Give us your opinion below.


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