Interview With the Vampire lets Sam Reid’s Lestat be the absolute worst

Annie Rice interview with vampire An enduring tale of eternal love, immortal suffering, and being frozen by grief. This is also the story of Lestat de Lioncourt, the worst man of all time and an object of eternal fascination and adoration.

I’m not exaggerating when I say Lestat is the worst person ever. He’s as menacing to characters as he is to them, especially those he claims to love.In fact, as the person Lestat loves, you’re probably worse than the person he hates: in AMC’s interviewLester was so obsessed with his love Louis that he stalked him, manipulated him emotionally, and murdered anyone who came close to him, and that was before Lester made him a vampire.

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AMC’s adaptation of Rice’s classic novel makes several fundamental changes to Rice’s text. The story is not a plantation story set in the 1800s between plantation owners Louis de Pointe du Lac and Lestat de Lioncourt, but advances in time to the early 1900s. Louis is not a plantation owner, but a black man living in New Orleans who, as a barely tolerated brothel owner, had balanced his life between two worlds before meeting Lester. For the most part, fans of the series have embraced the changes because the characters are still so true to what Rice wrote. In particular, fans have embraced Sam Reid’s portrayal of Lestat as a character with a recognisable, infuriating charisma and a barely-suppressed capacity for violence.

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It’s not that fans justify or rationalize this behavior. To love Lestat is to know that he will let you down.Recently, fans interview with vampire The TV show found itself at a crossroads in Lestat’s behavior on the series. Can you love a character who lies like a breath, doesn’t care about hurting people, and often intentionally hurts the people he cares about? For decades, the answer to this question, at least in Lestat’s case, has been yes.

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Jacob Anderson's Louis looks down next to Sam Reid's Leicester; they're both looking at a little girl sitting at the table in front of them

Photo: Alfonso Bresciani/AMC

In the novels after the first book, told from Lestat’s point of view, he does things so badly that describing them out of context is like a joke. Immediately after Lestat obtained the human body, he sexually assaulted a woman. As a young vampire, he turned to his mother and made out to her.Throughout interview, from Louis’ point of view, he does things to annoy Louis. At one point, Leicester wanted to kill the man Louis had declared off limits, but that man was also challenged to a life-and-death duel. When his victim won the duel, Louis shoveled Lester in the mud of the Louisiana Swamp, then the moment Louis let go, Lester broke free and killed the poor mortal. His triviality and drama are both delightful and terrifying. After Lester’s father died, Louis asked Lester not to play the piano, so Lester could only bang on pots and pans.

Lestat is just a fascinating character. Anne Rice apparently did, and she made him up. He’s a blorbo on my show – a fictional character that people can talk about endlessly as if they were a real person, even though they’re all fake and have committed wars in their fiction offense.

Lestat isn’t the only or most glaringly morally flawed Blorbo, but he could be the blueprint for many other Blorbos as well.

‘s fans Dragon House Also fights a character from a show who grows into an evil blorbo.Aemond Targaryen lost an eye, grew hair and became a recognized heartthrob among some Dragon House fans, but more than his looks, it’s his wickedness and madness. Vriska, from the webcomic stuck, it felt like she was designed in the lab to be outrageous, active and outspoken fans arguing about her behavior for months at a time.Even the more explicit evil Kilgrave comes from Jessica Jones There is a fan who likes him, if not for his wickedness. Like Lestat, these characters have a dramatic and almost admirable capacity for resentment, as well as the ability to commit violent acts, which they make little attempt to hide. What fascinates these characters is that even after you see their abilities, you still want them around.

Tom Cruise as Lester in Interview with the Vampire, with long curly blond hair and blood dripping from his fangs

Image: Warner Bros.

lestat lounging in an ornate armchair next to a victorian lamp during an interview with a vampire

Image: AMC

When Lester finally made an appearance in the last adaptation interview with vampire, he called Luis a big complainer. You can’t help laughing because after two hours of Luis, you’re probably craving a change of pace. It felt like a trick – even after watching everything Leicester put Luiz through, you had to admit when he was going to score. Not just because of polite society, Lestat says what we all long to say but don’t. As fans of Rice’s novels know, Lester’s appeal is that he, like many of us, was hurt by the world in mundane ways, and in response he decided to take revenge on everything, everywhere, with what was left of him. Earth every second. Lestat being so engrossed in his own pain—his wounds festering for selfishness—gives him a clarity that might be mistaken for empathy. He doesn’t like or trust other people, but he knows them, or at least knows how to behave so that they give him what he wants. Watching him is a lesson in really understanding what it means to put yourself above everything else. He is the answer to the question, “Aren’t you tired of being kind? Don’t you just want to eat shit?”

Not everyone suffers as deeply as Lester, but many people around the world are like Lester, abused, abandoned, brutalized, and watched as loved ones die. It would be a benevolence if these experiences gave us some insight into human nature. But the tragedy of Lester is that, despite all his powers, his ability to read and manipulate people is not a dark gift from the ills of the world to him. It’s just self-preserving, it doesn’t even work very well.

Reid as Lestat in AMC interview Caught his dangerous lack of restraint and fundamental immaturity.when you look at it often interview I was amazed at Sam Reid’s expression. Even if he kills or insults the little family he chooses, his eyes beseech love. Every emotional wound as Lewis and Lester fought each other showed on his face, not only in his sadness but also in his anger. He’s still just a kid who gets mad at people, wants them to leave him, and decides to give them a reason. They agreed to go public with their relationship after Louis found out about Leicester’s infidelity. Louis had the guts to actually hook up with someone, and Lester learned that by spying on him and watching them. Lester asks about Louis’ flirting. While Lester was completely wrong, it was hard not to be moved when he cried out “I hear your heart beating!” Although the wound was entirely self-inflicted, the pain was real.

in this recent interview Adapting, it’s easiest to surface how similar Luiz and Leicester are, despite themselves. They are both people who cannot change or move on because of their vampire nature. Watching Lestat ruin his life over and over again reminded me of the way I acted as a teenager, full of anger at the world and directed at everyone I met. If I were forever trapped in that moment, like an insect in a drop of amber, I don’t know I’d be different from Lestat, desperately trying to keep people from leaving me, even if I had to kill them.


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