Ethan Hawke bares fangs in movie "Daybreakers"

Thu Jan 7, 2010 3:55pm EST
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By Alex Dobuzinskis

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Hollywood is wild about vampires, and actor Ethan Hawke hopes to take a bite out of that craze with his starring role in the movie "Daybreakers," which has what he calls a new take on the genre.

The movie, opening on Friday, hits theaters as Hollywood has been exploring a renewed love affair with immortal bloodsuckers.

The romance-drenched "Twilight" movies are generating blockbuster ticket sales at box offices, largely by appealing to school-age girls. Critical hit "True Blood," which enters its third season this year on cable TV network HBO, aims at adults with its sexual content and social commentary.

But Hawke said there's still room for "Daybreakers" at Hollywood's crowded vampire dance. "We are the antidote to 'Twilight' and 'True Blood' and things like that. We are an old school horror movie," Hawke told Reuters.

"My hope is we will end the inundation of the genre. There's always the saturation point. Maybe (it's popularity) ended two weeks ago, I actually don't think so," he said.

In "Daybreakers," Hawke plays a vampire scientist who lives in a world where bloodsuckers are the dominant species.

Humans are scarce because they have been treated like lunch, but Hawke's character is trying to find a blood substitute so vampires can feast, guilt free. Instead, he makes a discovery that looms even larger for the vampire race.

Hawke said the science fiction nature of "Daybreakers" and the allegory to natural resources being bled dry sets the film apart from teen-oriented tales like "Twilight." He called it "the first post-adolescent" vampire movie in recent years.   Continued...

<p>Actor Ethan Hawke listens during a news conference at the Teatro Espanol in Madrid, in this April 16, 2009 file photo. REUTERS/Paul Hanna</p>