My dearest Kal-El, our love will always be with you. I can already see you carry within you your father’s independent spirit. – But more importantly, your mother’s never-ending bravery and her compassionate heart.– Quickly, before it’s too late. We may not have been able to save our planet…– … but we are confident you will become Earth’s greatest savior. And never doubt that, just as you are a part of us, we will always be a part of you. Farewell, my son.
Kara, my brave daughter. By now you have become the woman I knew you would grow up to be. And though you were sent to Earth to protect young Kal-El, your destiny is not tied to his. There is no correct path in life. You will lose your way many times. What’s important is that you find your way back to the brave girl you always were. Be wise, be strong and always be true to yourself.
I’m sure there are things we can do better. Gotta watch the film, but it was a great team win. We have a group of guys that come in here each and every day, bring the hard hat and lunch pail and work our tails off. A lot of people don’t understand the kind of work that we put in. We’re here in this building a lot. We take pride in our preparation. It’s been showing these past three weeks. We have to continue to try to do that. - Julian Edelman
a vampire tells his epic life story: love, betrayal, loneliness, and hunger.
dir.: neil jordan drama / fantasy / horror 1994
brad pitt as louis de pointe du lac
tom cruise as lestat de lioncourt
kirsten dunst as claudia stephen rea as santiago antonio banderas as armand
christian slater as daniel malloy
all the actors playing vampires were required to hang upside down for up to 30 minutes at a time during the make-up application. this would force all the blood in their bodies to rush to their heads, causing the blood vessels in their faces to bulge out. the make up artists would then trace over the swollen veins creating the eerie translucent-skinned vampire look. unfortunately for the actors, they would have to repeat the process several times over, as the blood would quickly drain from their heads. this, in part, accounts for the lengthy make-up process.
in an article released in september 2011, brad pitt revealed that he had a miserable experience while making this film. he complained of discomfort while wearing his costumes and colored contacts and being forced to play second fiddle to tom cruise, both on screen and off. he said at one point he called his friend and producer david geffen and begged him for a way out. learning that there was no way, he toughed it out for the remaining months.
in the book, the reason why louis becomes depressed in the beginning of the movie is because he feels guilty about the death of his brother; not because he had a wife and child that died. in fact, he never had a wife in the book version.
christian slater was given the role of daniel upon the death of river phoenix, who was originally supposed to be daniel. slater donated his $250,000 salary to 2 of phoenix’ favorite charities.
tom cruise wanted a private set, and hence tunnels were built to escort the actors to and from the set. this was done so that the vampire’s makeup effects would remain a secret.
author anne rice wrote the original part of lestat for the 1976 novel with rutger hauer in mind. the rights to the novel were optioned by paramount for $150,000 before the book was first published. john travolta was then earmarked to play lestat but drácula (1979), nosferatu the vampyre (1979), and love at first bite (1979) put the project into turnaround. by the time a movie was to be filmed, hauer and travolta had become too old to portray the ever-young vampire. upon learning that tom cruise had been cast, she was quite disappointed and expressed concern that cruise could not carry the part. after attending a screening, rice wrote a letter of apology, quite pleased with cruise’s portrayal.
although the screen credits read “screenplay by anne rice based on her novel”, the script was actually heavily rewritten by director neil jordan. writers guild rules meant that rice got credit.
stephen rea studied french comedy and pantomime to prepare for his role as santiago. the scene in which he dances up the tunnel wall and ceiling was inspired by fred astaire’s famous scene in boda real (1951).
kirsten dunst shared her first on-screen kiss in this film with brad pitt, even though there was an 18-year age difference between them. in a subsequent interview, she revealed the scene had made her uncomfortable. she remarked: “i thought it was gross, that brad had cooties. i mean, i was 12.”
1st film production to be given permission to close down two lanes of traffic on the golden gate bridge.
the character louis’ full name is louis de pointe du lac. louis was based on anne rice as she grieved for her deceased daughter, michelle. louis was even given anne rice’s birthday of 4 october.
louis describes claudia as 5 years old in the novel, but kirsten dunst was 12 years old at the time of filming.
a gay subtext to the novel was omitted from the film; lestat expects louis to sleep with him; lestat, louis (and later claudia) are a perverse family with lestat as the father, louis as the mother and claudia as their daughter, etc. anne rice mentions “stone walls” in the novel, which could be an oblique reference to the gay rights movement of the same name.
the character lestat’s full name is lestat de lioncourt. he was based on anne rice’s husband stan rice, and even given stan rice’s birthday of 7 november.
tom cruise spent 3 and a half hours every day in the make-up chair.