Trivia / Bela Lugosi

  • Creator Backlash: Lugosi and Dracula. In his own words, Dracula ended up being both "a curse and a blessing".
  • He Really Can Act: Even discounting Dracula (1931), his performances in Son of Frankenstein and The Black Cat (among others) are proof that he really did have great talent.
  • I Am Not Spock: Subverted, as with Leonard Nimoy himself. Lugosi may have resented how thoroughly he would end up type-cast, but he was always rather fond of the role of Dracula and proud of making such an indelible mark on popular culture.
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: Though he almost exclusively played villain parts, his co-stars almost all agree that, despite his drug addiction and occasional diva behavior, Lugosi was a pleasant, sensitive man and a consumate professional.
  • Type Casting: The posterboy of the trope, sadly.
    • Lugosi before Dracula had been a romantic lead in European, mostly Hungarian, films during the Silent Era. The only time he managed to get such a role in the United States was in Ninotchka.
    • Playing Against Type - Lugosi played the title hero in the serial "The Return of Chandu" (A sequel to the serial where Lugosi played Chandu's nemesis.).