Ben Schwartz has opened up about working with Nicolas Cage on Renfield and being in awe of the Hollywood icon behind the scenes.
The pair starred opposite each other in the very modern take on Dracula, alongside Nicholas Hoult, Awkwafina and Adrian Martinez.
Speaking to Metro.co.uk at the New York premiere ahead of the release on April 14, Ben reflected on how thrilling it was to see the 59-year-old still dressed to the nines when the cameras stopped rolling.
‘It was amazing,’ the Parks and Recreation favorite told us. ‘The best part is when they say cut and we have some time in our actor chairs, he’s obviously Nic Cage at that moment.
‘While he’s dressed in that incredible outfit, I’ll be like, “Hey, so The Rock, a great movie, can I ask you some questions about it?”
‘It would just be amazing watching him talk with the teeth and fangs about Adaptation or whatever it was.’
Of course, Nic went above and beyond for the role of the creepy vampire and had his teeth shaved down so that fangs could fit over them.
Aside from changing his looks, he also told us how he managed to get into the mindset of one of the creepiest characters in history.
‘Whenever I play a character, whether it’s in a dramatic movie or whether it’s horror or fantasy, like Renfield, I still approach it the same way,’ he said on the red carpet. ‘I try to understand the character, try to find the truth in the character.
‘I always believed, even from reading the book, that Dracula was a study of love in exile, not “and”. Love in exile. That he is symbolic of unrequited love, and whenever you feel you’re not getting the love back, it’s almost as if you go bad.
‘Dracula is a character who has made a contract with dark forces, and he has this curse of eternal existence, in which he’s constantly getting his heart broken again and again.
‘To me, those are human experiences, but the Dracula character becomes a symbol of that.’
Ben starred as mob enforcer Teddy Lobo, who finds himself on the wrong side of Renfield (Nicholas Hoult) and police officer Rebecca (Awkwafina).
We’ll be seeing more of the Sonic legend in the future as he’s set to take his improv comedy show overseas, performing at the Eventim Apollo in London on July 27.
Spilling the beans on what we can expect, he added: ‘’I’m very excited because this is my first time ever bringing my improv show outside of America or Canada. It’ll be the first time to see this long form improv translate over there [and see] how does it feel?
‘I’m obsessed with the UK’s sense of humor. I’m a huge Stath Lets Flats fan. Jamie [Demetriou], I think he’s a genius. I also tried to make an American version of the Wrong Mans here.
‘I’m obsessed with the humor so my hope is that it’s going to be wonderful and great.’
Renfield is out in cinemas on April 14.
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