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Why Brad Pitt Was Miserable Filming Interview With The Vampire

It is undeniable that Lestat as a character overshadows Louis, even in the book. The delicious evil and mystique of Lestat is a connecting thread throughout Rice’s “The Vampire Chronicles,” and it is understandable why Pitt feels that his character did not have much to do when compared to Cruise’s Lestat. However, “Interview with the Vampire” is exclusively Louis’ tale, as he is the one relaying it to a reporter as a means of alerting humanity and searching for his own salvation. Although Lestat remains electrifying and dominates the course of events in the film, it is Louis who acts as a relatable, humane grounding point for audiences. He’s a mortal-turned vampire stuck with an irrevocable decision and does his best to shed away a life of violence, including his lover and maker, Lestat. 

There’s pathos and grief to the tale that is contributed solely by Louis, but his inability to convey it convincingly leads to yet another failure in the end. The interviewer (played by Christian Slater) begs Louis to turn him after he tells his story, which defeats the very purpose of the cautionary tale. Vampirism, which carries both sexual and violent connotations, remains an appealing lure for humanity, despite the existential dread that comes with the prospect of a doomed, immortal life. Although Louis cannot do anything to change this, he has relayed his perspective of events and revealed his empathetic, tortured nature in the process. 

Louis, as a protagonist, allows us a glimpse into a life we will never know. It is a cry for help, as Louis can do nothing but adapt to loss and grief forever. This inevitable tragedy is the painful, emotional crux of “Interview with the Vampire.” 

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