Colin Farrell accidentally disses his 'Fright Night' remake


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Colin Farrell caused a rumble when he seemed to diss his own movie in front of thousands of theater owners on Tuesday at the group’s annual CinemaCon convention.

But really, he was taking a knock at himself.

The wisecracking Irishman was there to show off the first footage of his upcoming horror remake Fright Night, as a vicious but bored-to-(un)death vampire who moves into the suburbs next to a suspicious teen (Anton Yelchin). The 34-year-old actor was a big fan of the 1985 cult-favorite, which starred Chris Sarandon in the bloodsucker role, and told the audience of theater owners: “I heard they were remaking Fright Night and went, ‘Ah, god, remake! Hollywood, so dull!’ And I read the script [by Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Mad Men alum Marti Noxon] and really hoped I didn’t like it, and I did. It was fun. But I was a fan of the original. I probably saw it when I was 12 years of age, and loved it.”

Okay, so far, so good. Farrell went on to talk about his friendship with director Craig Gillespie and praised his previous movie Lars and the Real Girl. But then he continued.

“Meself, as a fan of the original, it doesn’t change. I don’t think I’ll have a copy of this version in my library, but I have the original at home,” Farrell said, drawing scattered nervous laughs. “And since [the old film] still exists, maybe this [new] film will bring that film to a whole new audience and maybe some fans of the original, like myself, can enjoy this one as well.”

He then threw it back to Gillespie who said, haltingly, “There are … other actors in the film, as well,” garnering more chuckles from the crowd.

Backstage, Farrell was kicking himself. “Yeah, I knew that would be picked up!” he told EW. “What I meant was [I wouldn’t own it] because I’m in the f—ing thing!” He said he cringes when he watches himself. “It’s always uncomfortable.” Even his sister said “D’oh” to Farrell after hearing what he said onstage. But the actor says he’s a fan of the new Fright Night now, too. He endured watching himself in the film, and said he “enjoyed the romp that it was for two hours.”

Fright Night comes out Aug. 19, and Gillespie says true vampire fans will enjoy seeing their favorite creatures be true monsters again. “There’s an extremeness to the vampires in the original Fright Night, and we wanted to keep that in this,” said the director. “This is not a Twilight, or a romantic thing. This is almost like a vicious, sexual predator.”

Farrell showed a cell phone image of himself in full-on creature make-up with stringy white hair, knotted face, and blood-soaked, razor-sharp jaws. The idea is the more angry or threatened the vampire, the more of a fiend it becomes.

Jerry, Farrell’s character, is many centuries old and has a laid-back attitude about killing. In footage previewed at CinemaCon, he casually digs a hole in a family’s backyard, yanks their gas pipe from the ground, filling their house with fumes and igniting it in a fireball — all to force them from the home so he can prey on them. He does it all as lackadaisically as someone taking out the trash.

“He’s very, very practically minded, just to survive,” Farrell laughs.

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  • D’s Advocate

    As tired as I am of reimaginings and remakes, I actually hold out a little hope for this one.

  • Draven31

    I Want A Preview PLEASE! Preferably of Colin and David .. Really dont care about the others in the movie..

  • Frank Anderson

    This could have been a good article, but the writer went for lowest common denominator writing choices at every turn. The misleading title, the bad puns, the title not being indicative of the main content. Why is EW on this downward spiral? It is all vapid galleries and fluff pieces now.

    • D’s Advocate

      How was it misleading for you?

    • Squishmar

      The content in the printed magazine is much better, in my opinion. But I didn’t think this article was so bad…It is a filler piece. They have to have new content every day… about entertainment. It gets tough some times.

  • Kenneth

    Colin is only 34 years old? I thought the guy was older than that.

    • Squishmar

      I know, right? It seems like he’s been around for so long. I forget he started very young.

  • Renaton

    I’m tired of remakes too, but this sounds interesting.
    And Colin deserves many great films after that awesome performance in “In Bruges”, so I hope this is good.

  • amy

    Loved “Lars and the Real Girl.”
    Surprised it’s taken Gillespie so long to do a follow-up.
    But then look at Tod (“The Door in the Floor” Williams. There was six years between “Floor” and “Paranormal Activity 2.”

  • amy

    …and while I was a big fan of the original “Fright Night,” it’s not one of those iconic, frequently imitated horror classics like “Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” “Night of the Living Dead” or “Halloween.” I don’t see anything wrong with talented folks like Gillespie and Farrell giving us a 21st century version.

    • Latasha

      I just wish it were someone other than Farrell play Jerry! Been waiting for a remake but this is so disappointing to me.

    • joel

      I would have like to see them make a similar movie to the origial but updated. Chris “Jerry” was the reason the movie was totally awesome. You would need a strong personality like that to carry a similar type of movie. When I say Colin was getting the role I was disappointed. The positive note is that, the style that they remade the movie visit Colin personality so he probably was not a bad choice for this version of the movie but it seems less fun than the original. PS – Were is Evil Ed!!!!

  • MsSuniDaze

    I’m not a fan of remakes either, but this one I’m excited for. Colin Farrell AND David Tennant? It sounds like it’s going to be awesome.

  • michael

    i think the film will be tip top cant find a trailer anywere haha bring back the original music aswell classic 80s hi 5

  • arlene

    For Kenneth:)Colin farrell was born May 31st 1976, he will be 35 next month. He has prematurely gray hair grey hair. Dreamworks offered Gillispie another directing job, Frank. According to Collider’s video interview[if I may mention an other news source] the 8 min. film clip received healthy applause.

  • Jenny

    No one can play that role as good as Chris Sarandon. Only if Sarandon is in this one will I see it.

  • bex

    this is the THIRD article that I’ve seen that you’ve written about Fright Night in which you do not even *mention* that David Tennant is in this film.

    What does a guy have to do to get a mention in your magazine !?! After all, he’s only the one who made Doctor Who a worldwide sensation, and was the best Hamlet in 2 generations at the Royal Shakespeare Company…

  • Jason

    I am a huge fan of the original Fright Night and Fright Night II… Hollywood needs to get an imagination and stop remaking classics… I will not be seeing this remake.

  • arlene

    Sorry not to have given kudos to David Tennant, his performance in the film is so against type, and down-right sexy looking in those posters, Dr Who never looked like that! His charactor has transended into a “Criss Angel” type Las Vegas performer, up-dated into the 21st. century. Well worth the viewing, Jason.

  • kaniz

    I want to see preview and the movie should be released earlier. I cant wait to see Colin Farrell as a vampire. Probably will take a day off on the release date.

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