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Vlad Dracula creeps out 'Da Vinci's Demons' star

Leonardo da Vinci doesn't just battle his inner devils in the latest episode of "Da Vinci’s Demons." He takes on Vlad the Impaler.

Yes, that Vlad—Dracula.

No wonder the episode, debuting at 8 p.m. CT May 17 on Starz, is called "The Devil." The Turk (Alexander Siddig) visits Leo (Tom Riley) to offer a clue about the Book of Leaves. Leo is inspired—or tricked of drugged or something—into rounding up Zoroaster (Gregg Chillin) and Nico (Eros Vlahos) and heading to Wallachia, where they encounter Vlad Dracula in all his morose glory.

"It's very dark. It's very different and it's very fun," Chillin said of the episode. "We shot that sort of toward the end of a long shoot and we were all a bit tired and a bit haggard."

Chillin met Paul Rhys, who plays Vlad, during the car ride to set. But the British actor admitted to not really remembering it. "I was probably still asleep, with it being about half four in the morning," he said, laughing.

They didn't meet again until the scene you see in the video clip above, when Vlad invites the three friends into his grand dining hall.

"I was genuinely looking at Tom and Eros thinking, ‘Wow, this guy is creepy,’” Chillin said. “Seeing him in character was great.”

Coincidentally, Rhys played Leonardo da Vinci in the Tom Fontana-written European series “Borgia: Faith and Fear.” (Not to be confused with Showtime’s “The Borgias.”) And he played the campire Ivan in the original British “Being Human,” in which Chillin played the ghost-making landlord Owen.

Rhys "gives an extraordinary performance" in "The Devil," Chillin said. "That whole episode was really fun. I'm looking forward to seeing that one out of all of them, actually.

"It was creepy. It’s really creepy. Really, really creepy."

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