Russell Crowe Joins The Extremely Random List Of Actors Who Have Played Dracula

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Russell Crowe cast as Dracula In Eli Roth's Harker

Huh. Okay. Maybe we’re just used to the slender, sparkly hotties of the Twilight series, but Russell Crowe would not have been our first pick to play Dracula. Obviously director Eli Roth would beg to differ, seeing as how he’ll allegedly be directing the Robin Hood actor as the blood-sucking count in the upcoming horror action movie Harker. Then again, Russell certainly isn’t the first vampyre curveball Hollywood has hurled at the audience’s befuddled faces:



Gary Oldman, Dracula (1992)

Having already killed it as Sid in Sid and Nancy and Lee Harvey Oswald in JFK (among many other roles), it’s kind of beneath him to have Oldman portray a seriously weird, pseudo-romantic, sexy-in-a-gross-way version of the Dracula myth. Also, why did his hair look like a butt? [Photo: Columbia Pictures]


Gerard Butler, Dracula 2000 (2000)

Before the burly, bearded Gerard started slashing foes in 300, he was a slinky, hip, modern day vampire legend in Dracula 2000. Then again, he was also in P.S. I Love You for some reason, so maybe they just didn’t know what to do with the guy yet. [Photo: Dimension Films]


Leslie Nielsen, Dracula: Dead and Loving It (1995)

The Naked Gun actor starred in Dracula: Dead and Loving It, giving the vampire mythology the kind of gravitas only Nielsen could. If you want to see Dracula get poked in the eyes and fall down a flight of stairs, well, then this is the definitive portrayal for you. [Photo: Castle Rock Entertainment]


George Hamilton, Love at First Bite (1979)

George’s face in the picture above is the exact face we make while thinking about this movie. How can a man best known for being orange portray a vampire? It goes against everything we know about undead counts. [Photo: Melvin Simon Productions]

[Photo: Getty Images]

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