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Metro

Jonathan Rhys Meyers: My Dracula is all about suffering but it’s sexy, too Metro, October 31, 2013 Jonathan Rhys Meyers has a reputation for being a touch intense. But when we meet to talk about his new show, Dracula, he bounds from his chair like an excited puppy, his enthusiasm spilling over into a giddy torrent of ideas surrounding the triple nature of the role he plays. He’s intense, certainly, but it’s coupled with a still boyish charm (he’s 36), an ability to laugh at himself and an energy...

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Dracula

Tuned In: ‘Dracula’ rises again in new prime-time series By Rob Owen Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, October 24, 2013 It’s from the same production company as “Downton Abbey,” but make no mistake: NBC’s “Dracula” is no “Downton Dracula.” While the settings are somewhat similar — “Dracula” is set in London in the late 19th century; “Downton Abbey” is set a couple of decades later; both shows share a producer in Gareth Neame — there’s enough bodice ripping and jugular tearing in “Dracula” to give “Downton’s” Dowager Duchess the vapors. Directed by...

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Dracula

Jonathan Rhys Meyers injects fresh blood into ‘Dracula’ By Robert Rorke NY Post, October 24, 2013 It takes some kind of moxie to step into a role previously played by Gary Oldman, Christopher Lee and, of all people, Leslie Nielsen — but Jonathan Rhys Meyers seems perfectly cast as the smallscreen Dracula in NBC’s new series. The intense Irish actor, who made a sensational series debut on “The Tudors,” plays old Vlad the Impaler with an unsmiling, slow-burning vengeance. This Dracula has an axe to grind — or maybe...

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Irish Times

Jonathan Rhys Meyers: ‘Imagine what it takes to suck the entire blood system out of somebody’ The Cork actor prepared for the role of Dracula in full-blooded fashion: by staring at strangers in Budapest ‘until they wanted to call the police, thinking I was a lunatic’ By Patrick Freyne Irish Times, October 24, 2013 I am sitting in a crypt with Jonathan Rhys Meyers, star of The Tudors, Mission Impossible 3 and the most recent incarnation of Dracula. In an adjoining chamber there is a cabinet containing a mummified cat and mouse discovered in...

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Dracula

‘Dracula’ review: daring homage to Victorian drama David Wiegand San Francisco Chronicle, October 22, 2013 There’s something daring about the new NBC limited series “Dracula,” although at first, it will seem deceptively old-fashioned. The British-American co-production, premiering Friday, stars Jonathan Rhys Meyers (“The Tudors”) as Vlad Tepes, otherwise known as Vlad the Impaler. He’s been re-awakened with a heaping helping of fresh human blood by Abraham Van Helsing (Thomas Kretschmann, “The Pianist”) and has barged his way into proper Victorian London society, posing as an American tycoon. Although Van...

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NY Post

Jonathan Rhys Meyers takes a bite out of classic ‘Dracula’ role By Robert Rorke NY Post, October 19, 2013 With all the supernatural creatures populating the fall TV landscape, it was just a matter of time before Dracula made his entrance. The granddaddy of vampires is back and inhabited by the compact frame and penetrating blue eyes of Irish actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers. With his talent for playing playing monsters — Henry VIII on “The Tudors” comes to mind — Rhys Meyers says he’s more than willing to follow...

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USA Today

Jonathan Rhys Meyers: A regular guy The ‘Dracula’ star talks America, the red carpet and reading material. USA Today, October 18, 2013 Five things you should know about Jonathan Rhys Meyers, 36, as he takes on the iconic leading role in Dracula, NBC’s new drama debuting Oct. 25. He’s fond of America: ”I don’t understand why Europeans are so rough on Americans; there are an immense amount of smart and lovely people in your country,” the Dublin-born star says. He’s not a sharer: ”No Instagram pictures of me on a bloody...

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The Independent

Interview with the vampire: Jonathan Rhys Meyers in Dracula Jonathan Rhys Meyers has ‘something of the night about him’ – so he’s well cast as Dracula. Sarah Hughes meets him By Sarah Hughes The Independent, October 18, 2013 The first time I meet Jonathan Rhys Meyers he has been filming all day in 40-degree heat with ice packs strapped underneath his three-piece suit to stay cool. Playing the lead in a new version of Dracula, an ambitious co-production between the US network NBC and the UK’s Sky Living, has meant...

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Radio Times

Jonathan Rhys Meyers – I didn’t want my Dracula to be anything like my friend Christopher Lee’s The actor says he was keen to keep his performance distinct from Lee’s “iconic” take on the role By Ben Dowell Radio Times, October 10, 2013 Jonathan Rhys Meyers has revealed that his friendship with actor Christopher Lee encouraged him to make his own Dracula as different from Lee’s “iconic” performance as possible. Speaking at the launch of Sky Living’s new drama series Dracula, which premieres on the channel on 31 October,...

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Parade

Dracula’s Jonathan Rhys Meyers: ‘I Look Like the Bad Guy’ By Erin Hill Parade, September 15, 2013 In Dracula, Jonathan Rhys Myers, 36, portrays a dashing version of the iconic vampire, who battles ancient enemies in Victorian London. (NBC, premieres Oct. 25). What first drew you to the role of Dracula? When you’re offered iconic roles like this, you take the opportunity to play them. I thought it would be interesting. It’s a variation on a theme, which is Bram Stoker’s Dracula, we can’t just repeat and give the...

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