Apparently Jim Jarmusch sold this role to Tom Hiddleston as “Hamlet, as played by Syd Barrett”, which I find pretty hilarious because that description is Tom Hiddleston catnip. The character is perfect for him: the ideal comedy role for an actor who’s known for Shakespearean angst and tortured antiheroes. And yes, he’s very funny. Both Eve and the film itself have this wonderfully affectionate yet mocking attitude towards his depressive, angsty nature.
It’s not exactly a parody of sad goth moping, but it’s not far off. He is truly suicidal and it’s presented as a serious aspect of his character, but it’s offset by the fact that he’s the archetypal misanthropic artist. Lurking in a house full of antique musical instruments, he accidentally spurs on his own cult-like fanbase of music nerds by refusing to have any contact with the outside world. — Only Lovers Left Alive: The one movie you MUST see next year.