Nicolas Cage Looked To This Classic Dracula To Inspire His Performance In Renfield

We’d previously seen set photos of Nicolas Cage dressed up as Dracula, but the trailer gave us our first in-context look and glimpse of his performance. In the trailer scene, Dracula wears rings across his fingers, a black overcoat with fur shoulders, and walks with a cane (presumably just for show). Rather than two thick fangs, his entire maw is filled with thin pointed teeth. His skin seems to be pale white, but the lighting makes it look sickly green.

Cage spoke to Collider about how Dracula’s look was developed. According to Cage, not a lot of the look came from him:

“There were a ton of super-talented people on that movie that helped design the look. We wanted it to be more homage, more Christopher Lee. I favored Christopher Lee as Dracula and I liked his kind of ’60s hairdo, but the wardrobe, the costume, and no, I didn’t come up with the idea for the rings. That all came out of a wardrobe. They came in with all that. Maybe they sent something in me that I would like that, but that was really their contribution.”

Sir Christopher Lee played Dracula in seven movies for Hammer Films, from “Dracula” in 1958 to “The Satanic Rites of Dracula” in 1973; he probably would have been the Dracula who Cage (born in 1964) grew up with. As for how the influence is manifesting — Cage does indeed have the same slicked-back hair as Lee’s Dracula. While Dracula is famously Transylvanian, Lee kept his aristocratic British baritone for the part. Cage, based on the trailer, seems to be doing a British/Transatlantic accent as well.

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