Luke Evans will portray Dracula in a new upcoming movie that will show the origin of the world’s most famous vampire. The film was originally titled “Dracula: Year Zero,” but it apparently will just be known as “Dracula” now, one of many movies sharing the same generic name. Evans has starred previously in movies like “Immortals,” “Clash of the Titans” and will also appear in the upcoming two “Hobbit” films.
With Luke Evans playing Dracula, here is a look at past actors that his work will be compared to.
The one Dracula that all others will always be competed is Bela Lugosi, the first man to portray the Count in a movie using the name. Lugosi, who also played the role in the stage play, owned the performance and turned the role into his own. His movements and gestures became something that all actors who followed mimicked. Without Bela Lugosi’s performance in this film, the Universal Monsters might never have become famous.
While Bela Lugosi was the first person to play Dracula, under his name, Max Shreck played the same character under the named Count Orlok in “Nosferatu.” The name change was needed because the estate of Bram Stoker refused to allow the filmmakers the right to use their book, so they just changed the name of the character and key moments and made the film anyway. Max Shreck was a much more rodent like animalistic version of Dracula and gave the world the second idea of what a vampire could look like.
The Universal Monsters died during World War II as the horrors of the world was scarier than any monster that movie makers could create. However, Hammer brought the monsters back in full strength with Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing brought all the monsters back to life. Easily one of the most iconic of the roles was Lee’s version of Dracula, while Cushing portrayed Van Helsing. Lee brought a more suave performance to the role of Dracula and re-invented what the blood sucker was all about.
In 1992, Francis Ford Coppola set out to give a rendition of the Dracula character that was more in line with the book, so the movie was called “Bram Stoker’s Dracula” to prove his intent. Gary Oldman brilliantly portrayed Dracula in this movie, easily one of the best actors of this generation even in this earlier role. With Anthony Hopkins playing Van Helsing, Oldman was able to chew up the scenery and disappear into a role that remains one of the best of his wonderful career.
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