To celebrate the release of the vampire thriller, A GOOD MAN, we asked the main character, Louis Caron, to stop by today. Louis Caron is a good man - he's a vegetarian, feeds the homeless, takes care of animals, and is concerned with the ecological future of the planet. But his altruism has a sinister edge - he's a vampire! If you've already read A GOOD MAN, this interview should be amusing and insightful. If you haven't read it, hopefully, the character interview will pique your interest.
What do you think it takes to become a good man?
Louis Caron: Let me quote Jonathan Safran Foer to answer your question: "Cruelty depends on an understanding of cruelty, and the ability to choose against it. Or to choose to ignore it." It's impossible to be a good man 100% of the time. Imagine you are in a relationship that is not working out for you anymore and you are very unhappy because of it. If you leave the woman who is still madly in love with you, the woman's friends and family will probably tell you how cruel you are, even if you are a good person in all other areas of your life. But is there a better option? In my opinion, a good man is someone who chooses to be good whenever he can, but it doesn't necessarily mean sacrificing your own health and happiness.
You were 55 years old when you were turned. How has that affected your immortality?
Louis Caron: I don't know where the idea comes from that vampires are sexy and strong. It's so far from the truth. Do you know how many desirable and healthy vampires exist on this planet? Only one. In reality, when you get turned into a vampire, you stay exactly the way you were before... for eternity. If you were ugly, you'll stay ugly. If you have a broken hip, you'll have a broken hip forever. In my case, it means that I'll have wrinkles and arthritis forever. I know that some other vampires have problems far worse than mine, but it's still annoying.
What is the most interesting thing that has ever happened to you?
Louis Caron: I've seen every corner of the world, lived through many different wars, been in jail... But the only thing that really mattered was the love for the people I have met. The infectious smile of a woman that loved me as much as I loved her, belonging to a family, saving the life of a baby, making someone happy.
What is the most blatant lie you have ever told?
Louis Caron: I have a very hard time telling lies. Of course, I lie - once in a while. Who doesn't? I can't tell people that I'm a vampire, can I? However, I am honest in all other areas of my life.
How do you feel about being interviewed for fun?
Louis Caron: I've been a vampire since 1750, but this is a first for me. I like being interviewed because it shows who I really am, kind of like a confession. This interview is anonymous after all, isn't it?
Louis Caron: White. I've read somewhere that a preference for white symbolizes the desire for simplicity and impossible ideals. For an older person, it also indicates an attempt to recapture lost youth.
Dogs or cats?
Louis Caron: I love all kinds of animals, but cats are definitely my favorite. I have a cat myself too. His name is Avalon. He originally belonged to one of my victims. As it was her last wish that someone would take care of that cat, that's what I did.
Louis Caron: Bananas... And not because it's a phallic symbol. Oh, well, maybe...