Jonathan Frid was never a fan of the fang aspect of Barnabas Collins and, in an interview with ye editor, admitted that he felt foolish doing that part of the show. The thing that did appeal to him, however, was the “lie” that served as the foundation of the character in (then) present day Collinwood. “It was Barnabas’ lie, that he was pretending to be something that he wasn’t, which motivated me more than any other aspect of the role. That pretense was something the actor playing Barnabas had to remember all the time. He got the lust for blood every once in a while, but always what preyed on his mind was the lie. And of course it played right into my lie as an actor. I was lying that I was calm and comfortable in the studio, just as Barnabas was lying that he was the calm, comfortable cousin from England. He wasn’t at all. He was a sick, unbelievable creep that the world didn’t know about. “
Fans can look forward to seeing Frid in Tim Burton’s movie version of Dark Shadows, presumably in a scene with Johnny Depp in the role of Barnabas.