News about Robert Pattinson’s genealogy has been burning up the Internet, radio, Twitter, Facebook and television with a recent report that the popular actor is related to a real vampire. According to ancestry.com, a genealogy report shows that Pattinson is a distant relative of Vlad the Impaler. Pattinson’s relation to the 15th century Transylvanian leader good be the reason he plays such a convincing vampire in the “Twilight” movies.
There have been many movies over the years following our interest and obsession with all things supernatural, gothic, the occult and vampires. Some have been comedy, but most have been horror and there have been some outstanding performances in many. Our love of vampire movies started way back in 1922 with the brilliant “Nosferatu”. Even in the era of silent movies and in black and white this movie is extremely eerie and effective. Over the years there have been wonderful performances to compare and contrast to Robert Pattinson’s performance as Edward Cullen in the “Twilight” movie.
“Bram Stoker’s Dracula” – 1992 – Gary Oldman
Brilliantly directed by Francis Ford Coppola Gary Oldman embodies the essence of Dracula. His performance is a much darker and scary vampire than the character Edward Cullen. The movie itself is more graphic and intended for a more mature audience, but is wonderful. Oldman’s portrayal is more like a tribute to “Nosferatu”, even the way he moves emulates the original vampire masterpiece. The darkness, cinematography and portrayal of London and Transylvania help to enhance the movie’s mood and Oldman’s chilling performance.
“The Lost Boy’s” – 1987 – Jason Patric
Jason Patric’s quiet, solemn performance is more similar to Robert Pattinson’s performance as Edward Cullen. Both are good looking and have a dreamy, romantic quality they lend to their characters. There is more comedic undertones in this Joel Schumaker movie than “Twilight”. But both actors are the male romantic leads who are in love with someone they cannot or should not be with. They are both effective as almost reluctant vampires, and we feel empathetic towards both of them and their dilemmas.
“Interview With The Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles” – 1994 – Brad Pitt
This movie based on the extremely popular vampire novel by author Anne Rice. Brad Pitt although older than Robert Pattinson has many similarities. They are both considered heartthrobs and both of their vampires we can almost relate to and we feel for their trials and journey. Brad Pitt as Louis de Pointe du Lac has an almost vulnerable, innocent quality, we feel he is repulsed at the life he now has to lead as a vampire. Robert Pattinson also conveys that feeling in his role as Edward Cullen, you feel like he is ashamed at whom he is. Both are brilliant portrayals of vampires that are similar even though the tone of the movie “Interview With The Vampire” is very different than “Twilight”.
NY Daily News – www.nydailynews.com/gossip/2010/06/24/2010-06-24_robert_pattinson_related_to_vlad_the_impaler_the_orginal_dracula.html
The Celebrity Cafe – thecelebritycafe.com/feature/robert-pattinson-real-life-vampire-06-24-2010
VH1 – www.vh1.com/artists/news/1642258/20100624/index.jhtml