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Monday 26 January 2015

Farrell had Fright Night doubts

Colin Farrell loved the original Fright Night movie
Colin Farrell loved the original Fright Night movie

Colin Farrell has revealed he was sceptical about the film remake of Fright Night.

The Irish star had to be persuaded before making his horror debut and donning a set of fangs to play vampire Jerry Dandridge in Craig Gillespie's 3D remake of the 1985 movie, and worried his career might suffer.

"I really was dubious about the idea of loads of things - remakes, vampire films, 3D," said the 35-year-old.

"It's not exactly the most original choice. So the ego kind of takes a hit and you think, 'Is that what I should be doing?'"

Colin was especially sceptical because he held the original horror comedy, which was followed by a sequel in 1988, in high regard.

"I was 11 or 12 the first time I saw Fright Night. I loved it and I kind of had a little boy crush on Chris Sarandon [who played Jerry] as well," he said.

"I don't want to say it's sacrosanct, but in a way it is and it's kind of perfect in its own form. So I was frustrated when I read Marti Noxon's script, because it was so good I really wanted to do it!"

He added: "Just like the original, it seemed to straddle the line between horror and a kind of sweet tongue-in-cheek comedy."

:: Fright Night opens in cinemas on September 2.

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