TheInsider.com: What attracted you to The Revenant?
David Anders: I was attracted to its originality. It had a different smack on the classic vampire tale. The body count doesn’t change, but it’s a friend movie … where we do some killing and some blood drinking. I loved that my character didn’t want to kill people and becomes something of a vigilante. If he’s got to feed on blood, he’ll feed on the dregs of society. That appealed to me a lot. I thought that was a cool take. I remember thinking one day on set, “F*ck, I’m about to eat this guy’s head.” That’s when I knew it was something special.
Insider.com: You turn into a vampire pretty much at the start of the film, how arduous was the makeup process?
David: When my shirt was off for the coroner scenes, it was about 3 hours. The face took a little over an hour every day. The contacts were hell for me. That was the only thing I hated about the process – the fish eyes. They were the worst. I remember when Chris put them in for the first time, he was in such a pissy mood and told me, “Dude, I get it now!” I’d have to grab one of the second AD’s by the shoulders to be guided onto our dark set because I couldn’t really see through them. “Seeing Eye Jew, coming through!” [laughs]