Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles

After the interview, Malloy (Slater) tries to persuade Louis (Pitt) to give him his blood so he may become a vampire as well. Louis intimidates Malloy, asking him if his story of pain and suffering was not enough to persuade him, then holds him by his throat to the ceiling before disappearing.Malloy hops into his car and drives off, listening to the tape of the interview when he is pulled into the backseat and bitten by Lestat (Cruise) who finally recovers completely thanks to Malloy's blood. Ejecting the tape, he weaves his web of deceit on Malloy, giving him the same offer he made to Louis centuries earlier...

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Visible crew/equipment: At the end of the movie, at the bridge inside the car there is a fight between Lestat and Daniel so no one should be driving the car, but you can clearly see a man driving it and he's all covered in black. (01:56:10)

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Lestat: Should we put out the light? And then put out the light. But once put out thy light, I cannot give it vital breath again. It needs must wither.

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Trivia: At 5'7, Tom Cruise was shorter than Lestat de Lioncourt (the character he played), who towered over the characters in the book version. Cruise was placed on elevated platforms to emphasize Lestat's height difference from the other vampires.

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Question: I never would have picked Tom Cruise for that role, but he did a fabulous job. However, I was wondering who else the casting people considered, and what made them choose Tom Cruise?

Answer: Daniel Day Lewis was offered the part, but turned it down. There's also a rumour, that I've never seen confirmed, that Johnny Depp was approached - if true, he presumably said no. The studio wanted a good name in the role (Lewis was riding high in Hollywood after "The Last of the Mohicans", Depp was very much an up-and-coming actor at the time) so Cruise would have seemed like an obvious choice. He was initially cast against the wishes of Anne Rice (who created Lestat with Rutger Hauer in mind) - after seeing his performance, however, she made a public apology for doubting him.

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