Daniel Radcliffe Talks “Victor Frankenstein” Character in Two New Interviews
The release of Daniel Radcliffe’s new film Victor Frankenstein is fast approaching, and it was only earlier this week that an exclusive clip was released for our viewing pleasure. Now, in two new interviews, Radcliffe discusses the film, his character Igor, and his relationship with the creator Frankenstein himself.
Via FlickeringMyth.com, Radcliffe talks to the Red Bulletin as they discuss Igor and how much room he had to play with to develop his character, considering his non-existence in the book written by Mary Shelley:
Having that character gives you licence to do more with the story. The script had the most entertaining front page ever. It read ‘Frankenstein by Max Landis, based on (the American pop-culture zeitgeist interpretation of) Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein’. Max had fun seeing how many different incarnations he could slam together in one universe, but the original theme of the book – our discomfort with science and technology – is still very much present. I got into trouble for saying in an early interview that if you like the book, you’ll hate the film. That obviously isn’t necessarily true, but I do think it’s best to prep anyone expecting a very faithful adaptation of Frankenstein.
He also talks of the film’s stunts and how much enjoyment he had while doing them:
I’d worked with the stunt co-ordinator, James Embree, on Potter, so he knew I was up for doing stuff. It’s all about developing a relationship with the stunt co-ordinator and convincing them that a) you’re true to your word, and b) you won’t do something stupid like break a leg. Once you’ve shown a degree of physical competence, people are less nervous about letting you get up on the wires or perform falls. I really enjoy all that stuff because I did so much of it growing up. I’m just very good at falling – I don’t know how to explain it!
He was then asked about his choice in indie films since the end of Potter and whether he made these choices to avoid being typecast in the future:
I just do things that excite me. You can never guarantee the success of a film – some of the best that get released each year, no one watches. It’s a crapshoot. So much is dependent on factors other than the film that making plans is a waste of energy. All you can do is choose what you think will make you happy and be fun to make. Being in Harry Potter and having a sense of that level of success and how rare it is… in a way, it takes the pressure off. You think, ‘Well, it’s pointless trying to recreate that – either it will happen or it won’t.’ The Woman [i]n Black was very successful, but no one had predicted that. I believe you have to follow your gut.
Radcliffe was also interviewed by Entertainment Tonight – alongside his co-star James McAvoy – where they talk about one another’s characters, along with their characters’ relationship. You can watch said interview, along with some behind-the-scenes clips, below:
If you missed it previously, you can watch the trailer for Victor Frankenstein right here. The film will start hitting theaters later this month.
Are you excited to see Radcliffe play Igor? Or him team up with James McAvoy? Let us know in your comments.