Is Robert Pattinson related to a “vampire”? Some might think so. In a recent article in Entertainment Weekly, sexy hunk vampire Edward Cullen from “Twilight” could possibly be related to the real-life “vampire” Vlad Dracula, better known as Vlad the Impaler. According to researchers and the common science of genealogy, it is true. Robert Pattinson is somehow related to Vlad. So what does this have to do for ratings on the new Twilight Saga “Eclipse” that will premier on June 30? One would have to wonder if it’s a ploy to gain enthusiasm from the fans and drive the box office numbers up.
There have been many movies made about vampires; Edward Cullen just happens to be at the top of the list right now. Unlike other vampire movies, Robert Pattinson’s character depicts a sexy good guy vampire, who abstains from drinking the blood of humans, rather than the beastly blood suckers we are used to seeing. He’s also able to come out in the daylight, and, although his skin sparkles brilliantly when contacted by sunlight, he certainly doesn’t burn up and turn to ash.
Other vampire movies such as “Interview With the Vampire,” which featured four A-list actors, had a different approach to the scenario. Tom Cruise, as Lestat, is depicted as a selfish, heartless, and arrogant killer. He thinks nothing of torturing his victims before draining them dry. Brad Pitt, who played Louie, unlike Lestat, had a conscience, refusing to kill another human for blood and becoming a fatherly figure to a small child whose mother died from a disease. This young vampire child, Claudia, was played by Kirsten Dunst. Because she was turned at such a young age, she would never developed into a woman, which made her extremely bitter and bloodthirsty. Let’s not forget Armand, played by Antonio Banderas. Though his part was small, he did make one hell of a good-looking vampire. Unlike Edward Cullen, when exposed to sunlight, their flesh turned to ash. Such is the case with Claudia and her nanny.
Following down the road of vampires, you’ll notice a certain trend with most of the modern day vampire movies we see today. Vampires are portrayed as beautiful, not ugly beasts. This fantasy vampire is created to attract the attention of females by giving them a little bit of sex appeal and forbidden romance to chew on.
If you look back to 1922, when “Nosferatu,” one of the first vampire movies, to come out, the vampire was played by Max Schreck. The character, Count Orlok, was not at all the dreamy fantasy like the vampires listed above were. This was an original vampire horror movie that was meant to scare the pants off viewers, not make them fall head-over-heels in love.
As for Vlad Dracula and Robert Pattinson being related, you can look at it as tipping the scale heavily in either direction: Vlad being on the extreme evil end of the spectrum, and Edward Cullen not so much. However, I don’t think this gives Pattinson bragging rights, or a proud stance to admit you are related to such evilness.
Sources:Entertainment Weekly – Lunchtime Poll: Is Robert Pattinson Really a Vampire? – written by: Annie Barrett