Star Cary Elwes reveals Gary Oldman slept in a coffin every night while filming Bram Stoker’s Dracula and isolated himself from the rest of the cast. Based on the iconic novel of the same name, the story centers on the titular centuries-old vampire as he travels from his homeland of Transylvania to England in the late nineteenth century to seduce Mina Murray, fiance to his barrister Jonathan Harker, believing her to be the reincarnation of his dead spouse. In any case, Dracula’s travels to England also inflicts havoc in the foreign land, with Harker fighting to find a way to save his affection and ensure those around him.
Elwes as of late sat down with The Hollywood Reporter for a career-spanning interview, covering everything from Robin Hood: Men in Tights to the long-awaited Mission: Impossible 7. While reflecting on filming Bram Stoker’s Dracula, the star revealed that Coppola’s special filming strategy functioned admirably for Oldman as the lead isolated himself from the rest of the cast and slept in a coffin all through production. See what Elwes shared underneath:
“Francis believes that the additional time the cast spends together that will translate onscreen. So he had all the vampire hunters live on one property and helpless Gary [Oldman] had to live without anyone else. Gary was sleeping in a coffin every night, that was the way seriously he took it. He was sequestered from us all by decision. So we met him for the first time on set during rehearsals and then marry never see him again.”
Nearly 30 years since its release and Bram Stoker’s Dracula continues to be a game changer for the vampire class, having introduced various new tropes including retractable fangs and the transformation into actual bat-men while also serving as the critical influence for various parodies and satires throughout the long term, namely the What We Do in the Shadows franchise. Oldman’s portrayal of Dracula has also regularly been refered to as one of the best incarnations of the iconic vampire, for certain ranking his version higher than those of Bela Lugosi’s and Christopher Lee’s. Bram Stoker’s Dracula is right now available to stream on Netflix.