Alice Cooper Sheds Some Light on His Dark Shadows Cameo

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Since learning that Alice Cooper will have a cameo in Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows, we’ve been a bit curious as to how he’ll fit in with the rest of the tale, and now we have some words from the man himself about it.

In a recent interview with EW, in which the rock legend discusses the part along with several of the other films in which he’s appeared, Cooper dishes on his first meeting with Burton and explains how Alice comes to find himself in Collinwood.

We [Cooper and Burton] had dinner one night in London, and we both knew every point of reference,” Cooper recalls. “If he would say ‘Suspiria,’ I would say ‘Dario Argento.’ I see the humor in horror as much as Tim or Johnny does so we really do fit together.

He continues, “Barnabas Collins wakes up, comes back to life, comes back to Collinwood, where it’s now 300 years later, and says, ‘We must throw a ball.’ And they get me, and it’s Alice Cooper circa 1972. I do two songs, and of course Barnabas Collins is shocked by this Alice character and he doesn’t even know I’m a guy. I think Johnny and Tim both wanted me in the part because if there was any acting, I could handle that. That would be an option if they did need me to handle any lines. They also had the idea that here is an icon who’s in the horror genre and 1972 was his year. That was the year when Alice was at his peak.

Get a sneak peek of Alice at the end of the trailer below, and be sure to check out Dark Shadows in theatres beginning on May 11, 2012.

The ensemble cast includes Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Helena Bonham Carter, Eva Green, Jackie Earle Haley, Jonny Lee Miller, Bella Heathcote, Chloe Moretz, Thomas McDonell, and newcomer Gulliver McGrath.

In the year 1752 Joshua and Naomi Collins, with young son Barnabas, set sail from Liverpool, England, to start a new life in America. But even an ocean was not enough to escape the mysterious curse that has plagued their family. Two decades pass, and Barnabas (Johnny Depp) has the world at his feet — or at least the town of Collinsport, Maine. The master of Collinwood Manor, Barnabas is rich, powerful and an inveterate playboy…until he makes the grave mistake of breaking the heart of Angelique Brouchard (Eva Green). A witch, in every sense of the word, Angelique dooms him to a fate worse than death: turning him into a vampire and then burying him alive.

Two centuries later Barnabas is inadvertently freed from his tomb and emerges into the very changed world of 1972. He returns to Collinwood Manor to find that his once-grand estate has fallen into ruin. The dysfunctional remnants of the Collins family have fared little better, each harboring their own dark secrets. Matriarch Elizabeth Collins Stoddard (Michelle Pfeiffer) has called upon live-in psychiatrist, Dr. Julia Hoffman (Helena Bonham Carter), to help with her family troubles.

Also residing in the manor are Elizabeth’s ne’er-do-well brother, Roger Collins (Jonny Lee Miller); her rebellious teenage daughter, Carolyn Stoddard (Chloe Moretz); and Roger’s precocious 10-year-old son, David Collins (Gulliver McGrath). The mystery extends beyond the family to caretaker Willie Loomis, played by Jackie Earle Haley, and David’s new nanny, Victoria Winters, played by Bella Heathcote.

For more info visit the official Dark Shadows website.

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