Dracula star Claes Bang reveals the secret to playing villains is unleashing his ‘dark side’

‘I’m sort of playing myself’: Dracula star Claes Bang reveals the secret to playing villains is unleashing his ‘dark side’

Despite having a reputation for being one of the nicer actors on the circuit, Claes Bang has always made a good baddie. 

Now the Dracula star has revealed the secret of his success as a villain is that he isn’t afraid to reveal his inner dark side.

The 55-year-old Danish actor told The Daily Mail’s Alison Boshoff: ‘I am sorry to say that I am sort of playing myself.’

'I'm sort of playing myself': Dracula star Claes Bang has revealed the secret to playing villains is unleashing his 'dark side' (pictured in his new series Bad Sisters)

‘I’m sort of playing myself’: Dracula star Claes Bang has revealed the secret to playing villains is unleashing his ‘dark side’ (pictured in his new series Bad Sisters) 

He explained: ‘It is a question of allowing all those dark sides that we all have, perhaps the sides of myself that I’m not too proud of, to emerge.’

Claes is currently the villain of the piece in the delicious Apple TV+ black comedy Bad Sisters.

He plays JP, rotten husband of one of the titular sisters, who is [spoiler alert] buried in the opening scenes.

Eve Hewson — Bono’s daughter — plays the youngest of the five siblings suspected of bumping off JP. 

She says: ‘It opens with his funeral, and then you learn through the season why they want him dead.’

Spooky season: Claes became an overnight star after playing the titular character in the 2020 BBC series, Dracula

Spooky season: Claes became an overnight star after playing the titular character in the 2020 BBC series, Dracula

As for Claes, he will continue his sinister streak by playing the Nazi lover of Coco Chanel in The New Look for the same network.

His character, Hans Von Dincklage, was a prominent Nazi official who spied for the Reich in Paris before World War II. 

He and Chanel lived together at the Ritz during the Nazi occupation.

Claes became an overnight star after playing the titular character in the 2020 BBC series, Dracula. 

Viewers across the country were gripped by Claes’ ‘excellent’ performance as the world’s most famous vampire – with some declaring it their favourite ever portrayal of the iconic horror character. 

Others found themselves distracted by Claes’s devilishly handsome good looks, swooning over the ‘amazingly hot’ Count. 

One to watch: Claes is currently the villain of the piece in the delicious Apple TV+ black comedy Bad Sisters which also stars Eve Hewson (left) and Sharon Horgan (right)

One to watch: Claes is currently the villain of the piece in the delicious Apple TV+ black comedy Bad Sisters which also stars Eve Hewson (left) and Sharon Horgan (right)

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