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The Greatest Casting Controversies - And How They Turned Out
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The Greatest Casting Controversies - And How They Turned Out | Tom Cruise IS The Vampire Lestat
Tom Cruise IS The Vampire Lestat

The film: Interview With The Vampire (1994)

The actor: Global mega-star for one decade, at the time. Intensely charismatic clean-cut leading man.
The character: Slinky decadant vampire of unclear sexual preference.

Here’s a case where the book’s author, Anne Rice – not a woman known for being backward in coming forward – was moved to condemn the casting of the lead. "Tom Cruise is no more my Lestat then Edward G. Robinson is Rhett Butler," she initially said. In an interview a little later she softened slightly. “I just don't know. The Tom Cruise casting is so bizarre, it's almost impossible to imagine how it's going to work... I have one question: Does Tom Cruise have any idea of what he's getting into? I'm not sure he does.”

Rice preferred: Jeremy Irons, who she admired in Damage; John Malkovich, Alexander Godunov, Peter Weller, Brad Pitt, Angelica Huston (yes, really).

The result: Rice went nuts for Cruise when the film appeared, saying, “From the moment he appeared, Tom was Lestat for me.”

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