Johnny Depp is the new vampire on the block and he’s letting Robert Pattinson know that his fangs are longer, sharper and more pointed than wimpy blood sucker Edward Cullen.
Depp reportedly made the boast to US Weekly at the premiere of his new vampire film “Dark Shadows, directed by long-time collaborator Tim Burton.
The 48-year-old actor plays vampire Barnabas Collins, who rises from the dead in the 1970s and returns to his old mansion to find his odd-ball descendants living there.
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Based on the campy Gothic television soap opera, which ran from 1966 to 1971, the movie follows Barnabas as he seeks to remove the curse that turned him into a vampire back in his day.
“There’s room for two vampires on this block — as long as he remembers I am the Alpha Vampire,” Depp, told the magazine at the London premiere. He probably won’t get an argument out of Edward. He’s too polite to even drink human blood.
Depp has played a lot of strange characters in his career, and said he has “more boxes to be ticked. But this was a big one for me,” he added.
Depp, however, is apparently reveling in his inclusion in a rare Hollywood club–actors who have played vampires in movies or television.
The storied Hollywood tradition goes back to the turn of the 19th century. But Bela Lugosi who played Count Dracula in the 1931 film, “Dracula,” is considered the club’s charter member.
Since then, more films have been made about Dracula than any other fictional character. While Lugosi set the standard, every actor who has played the part has put their own spin on the role. Among the last to portray the Count in a film are actors Frank Langella in 1979 and Gary Oldman in 1992.
Dark Shadows, which also stars Gulliver McGrath, Chloe Moretz, Jonny Lee Miller, Eva Green, Helena Bonham Carter and Michelle Pfeiffer, hits theaters this weekend.