He's charming and buff—and snacks on suburbanites. As Jerry, the vicious vampire next door in the revamp of the '80s hit Fright Night (out September 15), Colin Farrell is delighted to flash his fangs. "I got a call saying, 'They're remaking Fright Night. Do you know it?'" recalls the Dublin-born actor. "I said, 'Hell, yeah!' I watched that horror film many times growing up. Why are the Hollywood philistines redoing it?" Then he read the script. "And I was highly pissed off that I liked it as much as I did," he says. "I thought, 'God, this could be so much fun.'" He was dead right.
How does a classically trained actor like you prep to play a vampire? "You try to make everything you do as profound as you can, but in the end…well, I'm playing a vampire. I'm not really going to do a practice walk of death on the street in Santa Monica and bite people on the neck—they'd get the wrong idea, and I'd get some really interesting press."
You also exercised like mad for it. The first time you were in InStyle you said, "I don't work out…and the closest thing I have to a nutritionist is the Carlsberg beer company." "That was true then! I've gone completely to the other extreme. I don't get a release of serotonin anymore by filling my body with alcohol and drugs and communing with people late into the night at the Chateau Marmont, bon vivant that I once was. I take vitamins and supplements, and I'm loving working out. I'm a complete flip-flopper!"
You've even quit smoking, right? "It was time. I was a 40-cigarette-a-day smoker, but I wasn't enjoying it. On my 34th birthday last year, I spent a day with a pack and looked at every single puff until I smoked the last one at 11:55 that night. I did a whole ritual thing by writing a letter to tobacco, giving it as much significance as I could."
Do you think much about fashion? "Not so much—even though right now I'm wearing this grey All Saints shirt that I got at a photo shoot two weeks ago, Rock & Republic jeans and John Varvatos boots. I'm a fully fledged fashion victim today. But usually I'll pop down to a secondhand clothes shop in LA and splash down $200 on 12 items."
Pick up the latest issue of InStyle to read more of our interveiw with Colin Farrell.