Before the adaptation of Anne Rice‘s popular novel Interview with the Vampire hit the big screen in 1994, there was much controversy surrounding the casting of Tom Cruise as the vampire Lestat. Rice publicly stated her displeasure with the filmmaker’s choosing Cruise over her personal selection, Julian Sands (Warlock).
But before Cruise was locked in for the film, Al Pacino had reportedly expressed interest in playing Lestat, so artist Miles Teves provided a concept sketch of the actor as Lestate for the film studio. Check out the sketch in full here below.
Here’s what Teves wrote about doing the concept art, which he sketched in 1993:
For a short time, at the beginning of the production, Al Pacino was rumored to have wanted the role of LeStat. I provided this image to help the studio make a decision. His presence as an actor, though an unusual choice, might have infused the character with more gravitas. Few command the screen like the indomitable Pacino.
It’s interesting to discover that the studio was even entertaining the idea of casting Pacino, who was in his early 50s at the time, as Lestat de Lioncourt, the French-born 6-foot-tall blond who was turned into a vampire in the late 1700s when he was around 30 years old. Teves did a great rendering of the actor, but I can’t imagine Pacino being Lestat, especially since he had moved on from his classic roles in movies like The Godfather, Scarface, and Dog Day Afternoon and was moving into his “caricature of Al Pacino” phase with movies like Sea of Love and Frankie and Johnny (a phase I think he never got out of).
Along with the concept art for Pacino, Teves also posted online his sketches of Tom Cruise as Lestat, which look wonderful. See them in the image gallery here below.
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[Concept art by Miles Teves | Source: io9, Comic Book Movie]