The D and D boys
I had to drop everything I was doing and take a moment to swoon with satisfaction at the thought of today’s announcement that Robert Downey Jr. is in talks to play the Vampire Lestat. With Johnny Depp set to play Barnabas Collins, are we entering the golden age of vamps?Of course, naysayers in the blogosphere are ready to point out that Downey’s too short, dark and middle-aged to play Lestat. They’re wondering about the dishy Alexander Skarsgard of “True Blood” fame, who would be perfect physically but might not want to take on two iconic vamp roles. And remember that Lestat was made a vampire at around age 20 at the end of the 18th century, a time when many people didn’t live past 40. So technically, he was middle-aged. I say, if Downey can pull off a blond Australian actor playing an African-American soldier in Vietnam in “Tropic Thunder,” he can pretty much do anything. Just save us ladies the pangs of longing for two films and create a project in which Lestat teams up with Barnabas Collins for some fang action. They could become the Maris and Mantle of the undead set.