Interview with Victor Frankenstein’s Daniel Radcliffe and James McAvoy
You may think you know the story of Victor Frankenstein, the mad scientist who created life within a mindless monster culled together from bits of dead corpses, but in the new film from 20th Century Fox, you’re going to learn a lot more about how the mad scientist (played by James McAvoy) met his assistant Igor (played by Daniel Radcliffe) and his role in those experiments. Clearly, it’s a very different story than the one you think you know.
Written by Max Landis (Chronicle) and directed by Paul McGuigan (Push), we meet Radcliffe’s Igor as a freak at the circus, basically picked on by everyone else, but a thoughtful and emotional being who has feelings for the circus trapeze artist Lorelei (Jessica Brown Findlay from “Downton Abbey”). He has also been studying anatomy in hopes of curing his deformed hunchback, but he’s offered help when he meets Victor, who helps him escape the circus, renames him Igor (after an absent roommate), and gives him a job as his lab assistant in his experiments to try to bring inanimate creatures to life.
ComingSoon.net attended the New York junket for the movie where we had a chance to sit down with James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe to talk about their approach to the roles and whether there was a different version of the movie where their roles were swapped. We also asked Radcliffe if his in with J.K. Rowling will allow him to see Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them before everyone else (because he is Harry Potter!), but he says he doesn’t have an inside track. If you get nothing else from the interview, you can see what great chemistry the two actors have, which made their Comic-Con panel so entertaining a few months back.
Victor Frankenstein opens nationwide on Wednesday, November 25. Check back soon for our interview with director Paul McGuigan.