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Original ‘The Crow’ Star Hates Bill Skarsgård’s ‘Dirty’ Take on Eric Draven

Original ‘The Crow’ Star Hates Bill Skarsgård’s ‘Dirty’ Take on Eric Draven

The buzz around the reboot of the cult classic The Crow starring Bill Skarsgård has ignited a storm of anticipation and debate. Brandon Lee’s tragic death during production significantly influenced the lasting impact of the 1994 movie. Fans are extremely loyal to that film, despite multiple sequels and a TV show already showing variations on the character.

Starring Bill Skarsgård (Pennywise in IT) and directed by Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman), the The Crow reboot is set for release this summer. The first official images of Skarsgård as Draven were recently revealed by Vanity Fair. Draven appears decidedly different this time out. He sports a mullet, a crying nipple tattoo that makes him appear to be lactating, and hip-hugger pants that show off his twelve-pack abs.

The striking changes shocked many fans. On social media, many The Crow lovers made side-by-side comparisons with Bill Skarsgård, Brandon Lee, and the comic book art of Draven.

A Cast Member From 1994’s ‘The Crow’ Weighs in on Bill Skarsgård’s Look as Eric Draven

The initial glimpses of Bill Skarsgård embodying the iconic character Eric Draven have also stirred a strong reaction from Rochelle Davis. She portrayed Sarah in the original film alongside Brandon Lee.

In a recent interview with TMZ, Davis expressed her dissatisfaction with Skarsgård’s portrayal, criticizing the character’s “dingy, dirty, grungy” appearance as falling short of her expectations. Summed up in one word — “Yuck” — her response resonates with many fans who have raised similar concerns on social media. Davis also mentioned the casting, proposing a more diverse selection of an actor resembling Brandon Lee as a more respectful choice in memory of the late actor.

However, the director of the The Crow reboot, Rupert Sanders, likely foresaw resistance from fans. This version of Crow is a departure from the traditional. Sanders revealed that Skarsgård’s Eric Draven draws inspiration from Post Malone and Lil Peep. Of course, this diverges from the original influences of The Cure or Iggy Pop.

“I think the beauty of Bill is that he has a disturbing beauty, and as he transforms through his loss he becomes this thing that even he can’t control,” Sanders recently told Vanity Fair. “It’s that famous line: ‘Whoever fights monsters must be careful that they don’t become one.’ That look was me in the ’90s when we were squat-raving in London, [mixed with current pop stars] like Post Malone and Lil Peep. I hope people who are 19 today look at him and go, ‘That guy is us.’