After a successful run at the box office last October, Dracula Untold comes to DVD and Blu-Ray today. Recently, the staff of Moviepilot and I were able to get an exclusive interview with Dracula himself, Luke Evans.
Even by its harshest critics, Dracula Untold has been praised for its unique and intriguing visual effects. Such include seeing Evans' character Vlad transform into a swarm of bats and a battle sequence as seen through the reflection of a sword. Luke Evans was especially proud of the scene where his character battles the evil Turkish sultan (played by Dominic Cooper) in a hut full of silver coins.
I confessed to Mr. Evans that this was my favorite set piece of the movie. He responded with:
You liked it? That's cool; I'm glad. The silver thing was sort of like: what kryptonite is to Superman, silver is to Vlad. I'm really glad you liked it.
Evans went on to talk about his favorite scene to film in the movie. This question proved to be a difficult one to answer, as he seemed to have many favorite scenes to choose from.
My favorite scene? Oh gosh...the one I really found dramatically enjoyable to film was with Charles Dance in the cave. It was great to bounce off such a legend. He really played [the Master Vampire] with such intensity. I loved working with him; it was really, really fun.
Evans of course if referring to the scene in which Vlad goes to see the master vampire (played by Charles Dance) to be turned into a powerful vampire. Vlad must put his well being at risk to achieve the powers to defeat the Turkish army and protect his people. Evans overall found it amazing to work with Dance, a known member of the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Furthermore, Evans acknowledged that he enjoyed working with Sarah Gadon, who played Vlad's wife, Mirena.
Any scene that I worked with Sarah Gadon was absolutely a joy. She is an absolute diamond of a human being and a brilliant actress. She was very easy to fall in love with, and I really liked the dynamic that we had together. The chemistry between us really worked. I cared for [our two characters] and I really wanted them to love and survive together.
Fun fact: Sarah Gadon is known by many Cartoon Network fans for being the voice of Beth on the Total Drama series.
Following in the footsteps of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (and also harkening back to the intertwined monster movies of the 30's and 40's), Dracula Untold is meant to be the kickoff film for a Universal Monster cinematic universe. When asked about how the franchise will come together, Evans said:
It's a little early to say because that's sort of out of my hand, it's in the hands of Universal. However, I know that it is happening and that [Universal] is working hard on the formula. Dracula's up and running, and I'll be very happy to put the fans back into [the Universal monsters franchise] if that's what happens in the next few years. All I know is that it's very exiting. The plan is huge, as it should be with the Universal monsters.
So while Universal's plans for a cinematic monster universe are still coming together, Dracula Untold is definitely planned to be the start of something absolutely huge.
Speaking of cinematic universes, Luke Evans admitted that when it comes to the whole DC vs. Marvel debate, he doesn't really favor one over the other. In fact, he humorously admitted that he often gets them mixed up.
Just to be honest with you, I couldn't tell you which one was which, as I'm not massively into comics. I couldn't tell you which characters were DC and which characters were Marvel, that's how good at it I am [laughs].
On the subject of superheroes, Luke Evans recently dropped out of the remake of The Crow. According to Evans, he left the project due to scheduling conflicts:
I was attached to that project over a year ago. Right now, for me, I have other projects. My schedule is not going to allow me to do it. We'll see [about the film], but right now, it's not on my table.
So it looks like Luke Evans won't be The Crow after all. On the other hand, he has an arguably much more exciting project coming out this year: a role in the movie High-Rise with Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons and Sienna Miller.
Based on J.G. Ballard's 1975 book of the same name, High-Rise will center on the lifestyle of an isolated society living in luxury at the top of an apartment complex while the lower class is restricted to the lower floors. Evans shed a little light on the project:
It's about just before Margaret Thatcher becomes prime minister. It's sort of based on the "future" of high-rise living. The book was influenced by what was going on in the U.K. in late 70s. It's a very interesting social observation of what it would be like if high-rise living, which was a very modern idea at the time, became dystopian. Like, if people stopped going to work and started having parties. It gets dark; really, really dark. If you've never read the book, you should read it, it's quite a trip. Ben Wheatley, our director, is fresh and has a good handle on complicated scripts. He had a complicated job and he did it; it was extremely fun. We had a brilliant cast as well.
In the movie, Evans will portray Richard Wilder, a documentary filmmaker that lives on the second floor. His mission is to expose the social/class injustices of the high rise. Evans says that this was a fine character to play:
I loved my character. He is dark, he's an agitator, he's crazy, and yet he's the sanest person in the building [laughs].
In one last question, I asked Luke Evans to list his favorite and least favorite vampire movies.
My favorite [vampire movie] is Bram Stoker's Dracula.
He was of course referring to the 1992 Francis Ford Coppola film starring Keanu Reeves and Gary Oldman. As for his least favorite vampire movie, his answer will come as no surprise to some vampire fans.
I'd say my least favorite is probably those Twilight films; I didn't really enjoy them. I understand there was a HUGE fanbase of teenage girls who are probably not teenage girls anymore, but it wasn't for me.
Unfortunately, we will have to wait a while for High Rise to come out. However, you can see Luke Evans in Dracula Untold, on Blu-Ray and DVD today.