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''Interview With the Vampire'' casting drama

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The clamor over casting Tom Cruise in the film version of Anne Rice‘s Interview With the Vampire continues. This time, it’s comic-book fans who are biting mad. It’s not that they don’t want the superstar to be in the film — it’s just that some say he should be playing Louis, the ”young, dark haired, planter [plantation owner],” not the fair and wily vampire Lestat. As proof they offer a cartoon serialization of the novel, published by the Innovation Corporation, in which the character of Louis is a dead ringer for you know who.

”It’s just a coincidence,” says George Broderick Jr., editor-in-chief of Innovative Publications. ”The artist is Brazilian, so I don’t think he even knows who Tom Cruise is.” Complaints are falling on deaf ears. Cruise is scheduled to begin shooting the Warner Bros. flick on Oct. 26.