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Rhys Meyers takes a bite out of ‘Dracula’

November 5, 2013
The Associated Press

LONDON - Sexy monsters are a bit of a specialty for Jonathan Rhys Meyers. In "The Tudors," the Irish actor made King Henry VIII an attractive despot who dispatched wives and enemies while strutting, sulking and seducing his way through 16th-century England. Rhys Meyers is back in NBC's new series "Dracula," playing the world's most famous vampire as a sleekly alluring bloodsucker. Still, he says he hesitated when the part was offered to him, hoping for something a little more, well, normal. "I was hoping I was going to get to play a generic cop or something, who's got his lawyer fiancee who's an uptown D.A.," Rhys Meyers said. It's easy to see why "Dracula" producers cast the 36-year-old as a brooding vampire. Even dressed in jeans, leather jacket and Doc Marten boots, he's a striking presence with chiseled cheekbones and piercing eyes.



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