Lestat being Extra in Interview with the Vampire (1994)
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Hey! I was wondering if you could help me find a good ‘monologue’ style quote from tvc. Im a long time follower, and you’re the most knowledgeable source I could think to ask! I started out high school drama club with a VC quote, and as a senior I wanted to end my time in drama club with one too. Thanks for any help you can give 💕💕
Hello @veridian-stealth, thanks for being a long time follower! I admit I haven’t absorbed enough of canon sufficient to say I’m the most knowledgeable source, but I do what I can ^______^
I love the idea of your starting & ending high school drama club
with a VC quote, good closure there. Which did you start with?
I skimmed the first 2 books, and this is already a long post with only putting 5 in, bc these are the ones that jumped out at me. They’re small windows into evocative scenes. Things that I can see an actor giving to an audience, pieces that might be able to stand on their own apart from the rest of the fabric of VC.
TBH I can’t remember many monologues that really stood out for me in the rest of canon, but anyone is welcome to reblog/comment and add ones that they would suggest to you 😉 Let us know which you pick, share a video even!
No cuts bc I don’t think this is spoilery.
In order of canon appearance:
1) Louis talks about Paul and his death. I edited it down somewhat and took out Daniel’s dialogue but you should probably do it better than I did.
2) Lestat’s “Evil is a point of view” monologue, that would take a lot of editing, but if you want to take a stab at it, go for it! But keep in mind, the last bit is recognizable from movie!IWTV, and ppl will probably compare your performance to Cruise!Lestat. I also don’t think it ends on the best line, so yeah… with edits it could work and be vampiry. I’ve always loved this first para to it.
3) Armand re: inflexible minded vampires. This is really short but I’ve always loved this passage (BTW there’s a bunch of typos in my PDF of this, so you’ll have to check with a better copy).
4) Lestat’s mercy kill, this might be my fave of these. You might want to give a little context, maybe add more about when he got back home and his brother accused him of making it up.
5) A short para from an old queen:
The First Wives Club (1996) dir. Hugh Wilson
As an actor, I endeavor to find the reason in the unreasonable. Because no one thinks they are being unreasonable or unrealistic or demanding or behaving madly. We all see ourselves as being justified.
Happy 49st birthday, Cate Blanchett! (May 14, 1969)
I noticed several scenes where your eyes watered and there was intense emotion – where was that coming from and what was behind that? … You were driving a bus and your eyes watered up almost as though there was a sadness to you. (x)
“Why do you say such things?”
it’s my favorite scene in the movie, because it’s the one where – when you are
blank of later stories portrayal – you realize that Lestat is not this
one-dimensional villain. This scene is so symptomatic of his attitude:
first he’s all flame and rage, then he casts a bard, and
while fiercely smiling over his “victory”, he already regrets what he just said.
He does have a conscience, whatever kind of nasty or stupid things he can come up with, and he’s genuinely affected and
struggled by what he’s inflicting on his loved ones. He’s without any shadow of a doubt an unbearable brat, but also so much more than that. It’s not that this
dork has no affection for Louis and Claudia – he indubitably does – it’s just
than he doesn’t know how to hold a close/family relationship without being sometimes unfair and/or cruel.
out for Kristen Dunst and Tom Cruise here, by the way. They are both amazing.
I always think the look on Lestat’s face here is him realizing is that he genuinely doesn’t have an answer for Claudia’s question. Even he doesn’t know why he acts the way he does. I think he sincerely does want them to be a happy family, and yet he’s continually the one getting in the way of that by treating Louis and Claudia does. Even here, he’s obviously touched and happy at the idea of making peace with Claudia – “We forgive each other, then?” – and yet he instinctively still twists the knife in with what he says to her. He’s making himself miserable almost as much as Louis and Claudia, but he can’t seem to just snap out of it and be a genuinely good father or partner. And deep down, I don’t think he even really understands why he’s doing it.
It’s a question for the audience to think about too, I think – why does he do it? I think when you know his backstory, you have to wonder if on some level he associates love with being hurt, and he’d rather be the one hurting others than getting hurt again. Or maybe he just literally has no idea how to have a healthy relationship or a healthy family, since the family he grew up with was horribly abusive and he hasn’t really had any positive relationships since then. (His mother and Nicki are the two possible exceptions to that, but they both came with some serious complications and ultimately dysfunction.) None of this excuses the way he acts in any way, of course – it just is interesting to think about how he became the way he is.
“I don’t start the film with him like immediately gone to the dark side. I think it’s good to see that Loki is genuinely Thor’s brother and there is a complicated relationship there. So that it isn’t just like…he isn’t just an out and out villain. He isn’t all black. (…) I think it’s really interesting to see Loki’s actions from his perspective and he’s just someone who becomes more and more damaged by, I think, a sense of isolation from his family and a sense of…it’s kind of a deep loneliness. I think when the world makes you feel rejected, you bite back. And I think over the course of the film that’s what you see in Loki. He feels continually cast out by different sets of people and his brother particularly and at a certain point he’s pushed too far and he comes back with a vengeance. – TH
Lyla Hay Owen, actress and bedrock of local theater, dies at 84
^It’s our Widow St. Clair! ;A;
“She had an incredible talent, a sort of compulsive creativity,” said Jim O’Quinn, a fellow performer and frequent collaborator. “She was an artist in her heart and soul, and she lived the life of an artist. She wanted to transform life experiences into art.”
…She also appeared in movies such as “Hard Times,” “Everybody’s All-American” and “Interview With the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles,” in which Tom Cruise broke her neck – in character, as Lestat, the vampire.
“He was very careful and concerned not only about how he would break my neck, but how it would read on camera,” Ms. Owen said in a Times-Picayune interview. “He is the consummate professional film actor.”
This is pretty sad… also a reminder that even the vampires in the movie are mortal, too ;A;
Lyla Hay Owen, actress and bedrock of local theater, dies at 84
More Vampire Chronicles, Queen of the Damned silliness