Anne Rice openly protested against Tom Cruise being cast as Lestat, but after she saw the film, she issued an apology and praised his performance. Though she did insist that Lestat's hair remain blond in the film.
Claudia gets aged up from five years old to be played by the eleven-year-old Kirsten Dunst, as there was no way a five-year-old actress could possibly take on such a role. She was considered one of the standouts amongst the cast, and there were very few complaints about the change as a result.
Actor Allusion: Lestat has a painter decorate Claudia's room with unicorns, referencing Tom Cruise's role in the film Legend.
Creator Backlash: Brad Pitt later revealed he had a miserable time making this film, disliking the long make-up process and uncomfortable costumes. He even called a producer friend of his, begging to be let off the film.
Creator-Preferred Adaptation: Anne Rice was very impressed with this adaptation of her novel. She even took a two page ad out in Vanity Fair and the New York Times, calling it a "masterpiece".
Though it must be noted that she certainly did not feel that way initially. She had called the casting of Tom Cruise a "bizarre" mistake, and did not attend the film's premiere. It wasn't until she eventually watched the VHS release that she realized she had condemned it far too prematurely.
Deleted Scene: A scene was filmed showing Lestat in the tunnels of Paris, confronting Louis after Claudia's death but was cut from the film.
Scully Box: Tom Cruise was placed on an elevated platform during some scenes to reduce the height difference between his character and other vampires.
Star-Making Role: Kirsten Dunst had done commercials and short films before this. Afterwards she was starring in critically and commercially acclaimed films such as Little Women and Jumanji, eventually transitioning successfully to an adult acting career.
On the belief that Hollywood would never make a adaptation due to the massive amounts of Ho Yay, the first few drafts of the script had Louis as a woman! Anne Rice's preferred actress for the female Louis? Cher or Anjelica Huston!
River Phoenix was the original Malloy, but died before production could begin. The film is dedicated to his memory, and Christian Slater donated his entire salary to two of River's favorite charities. Leonardo DiCaprio was also considered.