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Immortality In The Movies: Gift or Curse?
As In Time comes out, who waaaaaaants to liiiiive forevaaaaaaaah?

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The ability to exist for eternity is a double-edged sword. On the plus side you’d get to witness every amazing innovation in all fields of human (and possibly alien) endeavour. Conversely, you’d have to put up with the very real possibility of every single one of your favourite films being remade with one of Justin Bieber’s descendants in the lead role. With In Time out this week, in which time itself becomes such a precious commodity that the obscenely rich are able to buy immortality, we take a look at how some of cinema’s most famous immortals have coped with everlasting life…

WORDS NEIL ALCOCK
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Immortality In The Movies: Gift or Curse? | Count Dracula
Count Dracula

Film appearances: Over 200, notably Dracula (1931), Dracula (1958) and Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)

Played by: Various, including Bela Lugosi, Christopher Lee and Gary Oldman

Background: Ancient nobleman and bloodthirsty shapeshifter Dracula lives in a spooky old castle in the Carpathian mountains of Transylvania and sleeps in an uncomfortable-looking box in the cellar. He enjoys his own company but can be a bit of a ladies’ man, and likes capes, darkness and human blood, preferably fresh. Not a fan of garlic, holy water or crucifixes.

Immortality: Gift or Curse? Not so much immortal as merely undead, Dracula embraces the lifestyle afforded to him by vampirism, wearing outlandish capes and suits of armour just because he can. Unfortunately he can’t comfortably show off his threads in daylight, so he remains forced to stay indoors watching Cash In The Attic and Loose Women. If that’s not a curse then we don’t know what is.
 

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Beetlejuice isn't immortal, he's dead. Therefore, he doesn't count. Replace Beetlejuice with The Green Mile, like Rich Deckard suggested. More

Posted by Apathygrrl on Thursday November 3, 2011, 22:01

2 What about Paul Edgecomb in The Green Mile?
Poor old prison block guard Paul Edgecomb ends up cursed with apparent immortality after assisting in the execution of a simple and magically gifted inmate. More

Posted by Rich Deckard on Thursday November 3, 2011, 15:36

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What about Thor and the Aesir, The Nordic gods? And Transformers... More

Posted by Freeman on Thursday November 3, 2011, 13:33

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Connor MacLeod was in four Highlander films, not three. More

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