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Bite me – it's the boys from Fright Night

We met the twinky stars of horror movie Fright Night, Anton Yelchin and Christopher Mintz-Plasse, the other day. Some questions were asked.


Fright Night came out before you guys were born, pretty much, how aware were you of this movie when you took this on?

Chris:
I wasn't I didn't know it existed 'till I got the script for this one.
I just heard that this was a re-make and I went in and got the part and I bought the original and watched it and thought it was great.

Anton:
Pretty much the same. I wasn't really aware of it then I read the script then went and watched it and I have it now.

Some people like to stay away from the original movies when taking on a project just in case. Was that a concern for you guys?

Chris:
I wanted to watch it for that reason I thought he did an amazing job as the original evil Ed but it was very wacky and zany and kind of very 80s and over the top. I wanted to see that so I knew what not to do in a way. I didn't want to act like I was imitating him. He was so great. So I watched it and knew what things not to do for my Evil Ed.

How did you work on the relationship between you? There's a feeling in the film that it’s a friendship spurred.

Anton:
Yeah I found that every day with you dude. We didn't really. It was in the script you know. And credit to Craig because he really let us play around quite a bit and so that's really what happened. I mean we hung out, we hung out in Albuquerque. And we both knew what was happening with that relationship. Because of the way that Craig is he just let us play.

Are you guys big vampire buffs? Do you have a favorite movie vampire?

Chris:
I'm a big horror buff, I enjoy vampire movies, I saw Blade with my dad when I was younger. One of my favorite horror movies is The Strangers. Yeah I just like violence and blood.

Anton:
I'm not a huge vampire kind of guy I like the original Nosferatu and I like the Ford Coppola remake. I either like cerebral vampire movies or gory fucked up violent ones. I like From Dusk Till Dawn. It's not really gory or fucked up but Gary Oldman is so good [in Dracula by Ford Coppola]. He's amazing in that.

So you like your vampires feral in other words?

Anton:
I'm not really a fan of suburban melo-dramatic love sick…

David Tennant has a massive profile here but not in America – were you aware of his previous work? Did you know Doctor who? And what did you think of him in the film?

Chris:
I did not know who he was when I did this movie but I heard that he was very talented and I knew that people were very into Doctor Who. I kind of was excited that I didn't know who he was 'cause when I got to work with him I got to see up front what kind of actor he was and he was super hilarious. He's the best part of this movie really. He’s my favorite part.

Anton:
Yeah he's really good. He's so much fun to watch on screen and while we were shooting it was just a blast I mean I wish they could have put everything that he said in there. You could make a whole movie out of that character... My favorite lines in the movie are the ones he improvised. Like he says 'shall I make you a Shirley Temple?' Really funny. I found that whole day really funny.

The horror films you watched when you were younger when you were possibly under age and snuck into a film such as this – was there a particular movie that made an impression on you in this genre?

Chris:
The first horror movie that I saw in theatres was Starship Troopers, I was like eight, that was the first movie I saw boobs in too so it was a total winner for me. My dad sent me to that one. It was my first impression of aliens and blood and action and stuff like that. And I loved it, I've loved it since.

Anton:
I didn't really do any sneaking. My parents were always really cool with me watching...like one of the first things I saw in theatres was Con Air I think. I remember being seven or eight and hearing the words 'I better not see that cock come out of you pants' or 'pop out of your pants' or something like that. I was like what the fuck? Just the sound of that 'don't let that cock come out of your pants.' I didn't really watch a lot of horror I guess when I was younger. Like I watch Nosferatu with my dad when I was a little kid. I guess Cape Fear has those elements...the remake has those horrific elements to it. That was one of my favorite movies when I was little.

What was the circumstances where you went to Con Air as a seven year old? Was it a family outing?

Anton:
My parents were like 'we're going to see a movie or we're gonna take you' I don't know. And then we felt really bad 'cause at that time I could take movies but that was too much. I remember we went to Blockbuster and rented a cartoon or something after.

Chris:
I had an older brother so he was like 11 or 12 at the time and my dad's just a big sci-fi guy so he's like you're gonna have to see it sooner or later. You’ll have to get into this stuff.

Both of you seem to have some physically demanding sequences on screen. How far did you guys get involved with those stunts sequences and is there a limit to what you can and cannot do in terms of those sequences?

Chris:
Our fight scene at the end, we tried to take a week... and did some fighting there and did some wire work for that. It wasn't too difficult. We nailed it out in a few days.

Anton:
Yeah and I think we can do pretty much do anything as long as we don't die. But really then it becomes an insurance issue.

Chris:
You shot cross bows and got lit on fire.

Anton:
That's not really that dangerous.

Chris:
It could be. Very dangerous.

Anton:
I almost shot Davey in the head. We were shooting that last sequence in the pit. It was really late and we did all nights even though it was all in stages those were still all nighters. And I dunno what happens, it usually never happens to me, I literally turned and just fired maybe two feet away from his head. Even though it was a blank it is still dangerous but I mean that was just me.

So in the scene where your character goes on fire, how much of that was you Anton?

Anton:
Well they set my chest on fire, set my arms on fire, set my legs on fire. But most of it is the stunt guy Chris Brewster who's great and the coordinator Bob Brown on the film was really great. Actually Bob Brown does a 40-story free fall on fire on Youtube. So crazy. I remember calling going 'i bet your wife is so worried about you' he was like 'oh she’s the producer.' I really feel like those Chris Brewster and Bob Brown and our crew deserve... because they threw Brewster around all day and they just threw him in the shit on fire. He is really great at what he does really good guy.

What's it like when you look down, your arms on fire, your chests on fire?

Anton:
It's great. No I love it, it’s awesome. I wanted to do it 'cause I think fire is really interesting and the thing is you are really cold because they wrap you in layers of this freezing jelly. You put on these long johns they pour it down the front of your pants and the back of your pants. Down the back of your shirt and front of your shirt. Its that feeling like you can’t breathe because its so cold. By the time you are set on fire it sounds great ‘cause you’re just so fucking cold. It feels like just being next to a heater. You’re like ‘ahh it’s a flame’.

Tennant and Farrell. They both show fine torsos in this movie – was there much torso rivalry? Were the cast voting on who has the best of the two torsos?

Anton:
[To Chris] Whose torso did you prefer?

Chris:
I was more into Tennants, the skinny torso, that’s what I got going for me.

Anton:
Yeah they are such nice torsos you know. Colin got really big though. You know he’s not that big usually. In other movies I’ve seen he’s not that big, he got huge. A lot of bison steak I think. Its got a lot of protein there, more protein than you can handle.

Before you did Fright Night how knowledgeable or savvy were you about the various ways to kill a vampire and do you think you be able to take a vamp down? And for Chris as well did you prefer and if so why playing vampire hunting Ed to vampire Ed?

Chris:
I think I preferred being human because it’s more real acting in a way when I got to a bunch of scenes with this guy we got to improv a lot. Being a vampire was great but sitting in a make up chair every morning was kind of a pain in the ass. And then sitting there for an hour every night getting it off. So I probably preferred the human stuff more.
I could not do that [kill a vampire] I am a weakling, I’m a frail boy. There’s only that specific there’s the garlic and the stakes and you know the sunlight. The old school vampire stuff to kill a vampire. I guess that’s how I would try and take down a vampire.

This is one of the remakes of the 80s greats. Conan, Planet of The Apes, The Thing. I mean is there any films in your past you would like to see remade?

Chris:
I don’t think so. I’m pretty happy with all my favourite movies and what not. There’s not any movie where I was like ‘oh that’s horrible that needs to be remade’.

Anton:
Maybe like Jesus Chris Super Star or something.

Chris:
Me and you doing it?

You talked about the movies you liked from the 80s and the films you’ve been in Anton but if movies in the past were to be made what would you like to be in? Any movie that you would say ‘I really want a part in that.’

Chris:
When I’m older I wanna play Kurt Russell in The Thing because he’s just so frickin’ handsome in that movie. He’s got that luscious beard and that thick heard of hair. I wanna be that guy.

How’s your beard?

Chris:
It’s not coming along. My facial hair is like someone grabbed a pallet and was like ‘here’s your facial hair asshole.’

Anton:
I guess if I had to choose I guess any film noir. There’s a great one called Gun Crazy that would be cool. I don’t know. My favourite movies I don’t wanna remake them. They are great. If I remade them I would fuck it up.

Working with Colin you [Chris] get to share a pool scene with Colin Farrell.

Chris:
I heard like four people came in today and they all said it was homoerotic which was not what we were going for. [Laughs]

Fright Night is in cinemas now


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