David Tennant trades his TARDIS in for a stake in the remake of Fright Night.
Seems like you throw a rock these days and you hit a vampire slayer – but none quite so memorable as Peter Vincent in Tom Holland’s original Fright Night. As played by Roddy McDowall, he was a has-been horror movie star/host of a local TV station. But also a hero if need be. Who on Earth could measure up to such a performance? Well, you need to look beyond Earth: to a Time Lord.
We had the good fortune to speak to the tenth Doctor Who, David Tennant, about his latest role. Here’s what went down.
Jordan Hoffman: I have never worn tight leather pants. Are they as uncomfortable as you let on in Fright Night?
David Tennant: You don’t know what you are missing. Especially when they are as well-made as those were. They hug in all the right places. It’s a cupping motion, y’know…having them made, though, that was uncomfortable. Lots of pins, lots of standing very still. But even on a long filming day, once they were on they were wonderful. But the line about the chafing was always in the script. In fact, [director Craig Gillespe] encouraged us to go off about a rash that was spreading…It got quite filthy. I recall Imogen Poots found it all disturbing. Maybe that’ll be a Blu-ray extra.
Jordan Hoffman: The character of Peter Vincent is very different in this version of Fright Night – kind’ve a hybrid of Criss Angel with high production value Vegas showman, a little cheesy, but lots of effects. I’m wondering where you drew your inspiration. Have you been to Vegas?
David Tennant: The idea is all in Marti Noxon’s writing. I don’t think it is based on a particular illusionist per se – and that the man behind the goatee isn’t as powerful when he’s not on the stage. I did go Vegas, however, just drank it in, saw some shows. It’s a particular world, isn’t it?