A crumbling but still irrepressible Detroit is key to the vampire drama Only Lovers Left Alive, says actor Anton Yelchin, who co-stars in the new film with Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton.

The latest film from indie auteur Jim Jarmusch envisions Swinton and Hiddleston as ageless, art-loving hipsters — who also just happen to be vampires.

As a music fan, personal gofer and the only human that Hiddleston's immortal musician Adam can abide, Yelchin's Ian is a witty and vibrant foil to the bohemian bloodsuckers.

In the attached video, from a stop at the Toronto International Film Festival in September, Yelchin talked to CBC's Jessica Wong about how Detroit's unique music scene infused his role.