Chloe Moretz on 'Let Me In' and Its 'Unglamorous' Vampires
Following in the footsteps of other child actors attacking mature subject matter, 13 year-old Chloe Moretz is awaiting the release of her turn as Hit Girl in the comic book adaptation Kick-Ass, and then next she'll be seen in Matt Reeves' Let Me In, the remake of the highly praised Swedish vampire film Let the Right One In. As we've already seen her as Joseph Gordon-Levitt's wise-beyond-her-years younger sister in 500 Days of Summer, we know she's got a knack for adult-oriented material, and recently she sat down with Movieline to discuss her challenging career and how Let Me In approaches vampires. You've gotta hear what she said.
In what's probably the best move she could've made, Moretz still hasn't watched Let the Right One In. She discusses how her and Matt Reeves' approach to vampires is different than all the other movies out there:
I didn't watch 'Let the Right One In' before I went in for the role. When I booked the movie, I watched parts of it — just little snippets — but no, I still haven't watched the whole thing. I don't know — I kind of did my own thing with it, you know?… Usually a lot of movies glamorize being a vampire. It's pretty, it's cool, you look awesome! The way we did it was that it;s not cool to be a vampire. It's a burden that she has to carry with her, not this fun, cool, interesting thing. It's scary, deep, and dark, this devil inside of her. The vampire is different than Abby. It's like her alternate personality, and when it takes her over, she has no control.
To read the rest of the interview and a more revealing look into just how mature Moretz is for her age, head on over to Movieline. She's definitely got her head on her shoulders and such an intellectual mentality and approach to acting and she's only 13 years-old. It's insane! I can't wait to see the kind of actress she turns into as she grows up. As for this Let Me In movie, the more I hear, the less concerned I am about this. I love that quote because it sounds like they definitely know what they're doing with this remake. Even though it's one of the most highly opposed remakes, I think it's one that could potentially turn out pretty damn good.
In addition to that Moretz bit, Cinematical sat down with Hammer Films' producer Simon Oakes, who talked in-depth about Let Me In, covering why they're even remaking it and so much more. Here are the best parts:
"Frankly, [you must] not muck about the basic tenets of the story, which is important. More than anything else, stay true to the imagery and mystique and the mythology of the original, and set it in the right time as well, not update it in terms of its timing. Set it in that [early '80s] era."
"If you call it a faithful remake, I think that's true to say that's what it is. It's not a re-imagining; the same beats [are there]. Maybe the scares are a little bit more scary. We haven't been able to ramp that up quite a lot, obviously, for budgetary reasons. We've played a little bit with some of the chronology, without giving too much away. Fundamentally, that's what. High production values. [Let the Right One In director] Tomas Alfredson did a phenomenal job… [We had a] longer shooting period, more coverage, more effects."
I suggest reading the full interview over on Cinematical because Oakes goes on to say a lot more about this remake and everything he says makes me more confident that this won't turn out bad at all. Sure, there will always be naysayers, but I think everyone involved in this - from the director to the actors to the producers - knows exactly they need to accomplish and have set out with the best intentions. It's really as simple as that. Reeves has already finished shooting and Overture Films currently has Let Me In set for release on October 1st later this year. We'll bring you updates as they arrive. Are you still concerned about this remake?