Colin Farrell is a sucker for vampires

Jerry (played by Colin Farrell) claims another neighborhood victim in “Fright Night.”

For getting into character playing a vampire, Colin Farrell says there’s nothing quite like a set of fangs. “I’m a sucker for all things practical, I really am,” the Irish actor and “Fright Night” star says, letting the pun go by unmentioned. “It really does affect how you move, instantly. Some synapse goes off in the head and you begin to react and behave a certain way.”

That love of the physical extends to his surroundings as well, meaning you likely won’t see Farrell in an “Avatar”-style motion-capture suit anytime soon. “I’m doing a film now with a lot of green screen in it, but the world that I’m in 40 or 50 yards in front of the green screen is a practical set that’s been built,” he says of his “Total Recall” remake, which is currently filming in Toronto. “It’s not like I’m working with a tennis ball as Jar Jar Binks or anything.”

Fangs or no fangs, Farrell was thrilled about taking on the role of Jerry, the vampire next door in “Fright Night,” Craig Gillespie’s remake of the 1985 cult classic. While a vampire movie might seem like an odd choice, Farrell is actually living out some boyhood fantasies here. “There were so many vampire films that I had seen as a child, whether they were this — I loved this in its original form — ‘The Lost Boys,’ ‘Near Dark,’ many incarnations of Dracula — just so many. They were all in my collective imagination and informed in some way what I did with Jerry.”

In fact, Farrell and company had to be careful they didn’t inform him too much. “We just tried to keep it loose and see how much to push the vampire thing for me and how much to bring it back,” he remembers. “I ended up at times slipping into a kind of Transylvanian accent — I don’t know what people from Transylvania sound like, but you know I kind of camped it up like, ‘Oo ah ha ha!’ I ended up sounding like that and was like, ‘Whoa, s—!’ Because I’m a film fan, so it was all the others coming out — and ‘Sesame Street.’”


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