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David Tennant: 'Fright Night role is juicy'

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David Tennant in 'Fright Night'

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David Tennant has said that the dual nature of his role in Fright Night was what drew him to the horror remake.

The Doctor Who star revealed that it was the combination of comedic and dramatic elements that attracted him to the part of vampire hunter Peter Vincent.

"A Las Vegas illusionist, there is already something quite juicy to begin with, and the fact that his private life is a sort of car crash, from an acting point of view, one is quite keen to get one's vampiric teeth into," Tennant told the Huffington Post. "And then the fact that he's got a dark secret, the fact that he drinks too much, all these things are wonderful opportunities."

Tennant went on to reveal that he first became interested in acting when watching episodes of Doctor Who as a child.

"In Britain, Doctor Who was always a ubiquitous part of our cultural heritage and I grew up - as everyone in my generation did - loving it. And as a kid I was transfixed and thought, 'That's the job for me'," Tennant said. "I very quickly got that it was telling stories. I always understood the sort of fact/fantasy kind of definition, I very quickly got what actors did and I just sort of got that it was a great job."

He concluded: "I've been very fortunate that I have so far been able to make a living at it."

Last month, Tennant revealed that he would be happy to return to Doctor Who, saying that he looks back fondly on the four years he spent playing the Tenth Doctor.

In June, the actor signed on to star in Sky Atlantic's new comedy This Is Jinsy, portraying a corrupt wedding planner called Mr Slightlyman.

Fright Night opens on August 19 in the US and on September 2 in the UK.

Watch the Fright Night trailer below:

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