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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Continuity mistake: In the scene where Louis is transforming into a vampire, he finally stops crawling around and lies on the ground. There are two leaves in his hair on either side of his head. We then see a shot of Lestat and then back to Louis and the leaves are gone. (00:13:40)

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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: Why did they decide to go with an older looking Armand? I thought the rules about vampire children would have seemed more apparent if the audience could see that he was one, so why the change?

Answer: The first problem was finding a child actor capable of playing the role - Armand is an extraordinarily complex character and it's highly questionable that a child actor could have played him to the requirements of the script. Secondly, there are some extremely homosexual overtones in the relationship between Louis and Armand (and, for that matter, Louis and Lestat) - while the film just about manages to get away with the relationship between Louis and Claudia, it's extremely likely that there would have been major problems with the censors and critics at any attempt to portray the relationship between Louis and a child Armand. The requirements of the story dictated that Claudia needed to be a child, but there's nothing that insists the same for Armand - hence the eventual decision to up his age.

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