Nicolas Cage Tries To Explain His Dracula Role In ‘Renfield’

by Thomas Tuna

It’ll be different, that’s for sure.

Nicolas Cage takes on the legendary role of Dracula in the upcoming Universal Pictures horror-comedy Renfield, and the actor certainly seems to have made it his own. But he has a strange way of explaining it.

Cage–during a recent interview with Empire–said he was struck by the fact that the film had “a comedic, pop-art attitude. So, I thought this would be a pop-art Dracula. Warhol did a great black-on-black Dracula, so this is in that Warhol vein.”

Then, seemingly switching gears, Cage added that he also drew some inspiration from the 1922 silent classic Nosferatu with Max Schreck. “When Schreck (snaps his wrist and extends his fingers) and puffs into smoke, I said to (director) Chris McKay that I really wanted to find a place for that in Renfield.”

Cage added that he wanted to play with, “What can I get away with here? If you’re playing Dracula, you have a lot of latitude.”

Renfield–hitting theaters April 14, 2023–stars Nicholas Hoult as “the loyal, tortured aide of Dracula who has been forced to procure his master’s prey and do his every bidding,” according to the synopsis.

But now, Renfield wants to find a life “outside the shadow of the Prince of Darkness–if only he can figure out to how to end his co-dependency.” Good luck with that.

The feature also stars Awkwafina, Ben Schwartz, Adrian Martinez, Shoreh Aghdashloo, Bess Rous and James Moses Black.

Keep reading Horror News Network for the latest on Renfield.


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