Colin Farrell stars as a vampire named Jerry in the 2011 version of Fright Night from DreamWorks Pictures, a character originated by Chris Sarandon in the 1985 horror film. And while their characters share a lot of the same traits, this remake has a totally different tone than the first film. Farrell’s Jerry isn’t interested in romancing anyone; he’s bored, he’s dangerous, and he kills anyone he feels like killing.
In this interview clip provided by DreamWorks Pictures, Farrell talks about why he decided to star in the remake, the film’s tone, the emotional disconnect Jerry feels, and how his character just enjoys terrifying people:
Fright Night opens in theaters on August 19, 2011.
The Plot: Senior Charlie Brewster (Anton Yelchin) finally has it all going on: he’s running with the popular crowd and dating the most coveted girl in his high school. In fact, he’s so cool he’s even dissing his best friend. But trouble arrives when Jerry (Colin Farrell) moves in next door. He seems like a great guy at first, but there’s something not quite right—but everyone, including Charlie’s mom (Toni Collette), doesn’t notice. After observing some very strange activity, Charlie comes to an unmistakable conclusion: Jerry is a vampire preying on the neighborhood. Unable to convince anyone, Charlie has to find a way to get rid of the monster himself in this Craig Gillespie-helmed revamp of the comedy-horror classic evil.