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James McAvoy has shed a little light on the new version of ‘Frankenstein’ he is currently shooting with Daniel Radcliffe.
Written by Max Landis, this new take on Mary Shelley’s classic horror novel promises to present us with a Frankenstein movie not quite like any we’ve seen to date; no mean feat, considering the innumerable movies that have been made featuring the characters.
"It’s set in the period but it’s not really the existential kind of monster’s [story], it’s more about the relationship between Doctor Frankenstein, who I play, and Igor who Dan [Daniel Radcliffe] plays. The character of Igor isn’t in Mary Shelley’s book, you know what I mean?"
Indeed, Igor does not feature in the novel: the 1931 Universal movie from director James Whale gave Frankenstein a hunchbacked assistant named Fritz, played by Dwight Frye. A hunchbacked assistant soon became a staple for the series.
This paved the way to the introduction of Ygor (note the different spelling), played by Bela Lugosi in 1942’s ‘Ghost of Frankenstein.’ For whatever reason, this is the character name everyone remembers.
Naturally, eyebrows were raised when Radcliffe was announced in the role - but all photographic evidence to date shows he will not be a hunchback.
No images of McAvoy in the title role have emerged just yet.
McAvoy goes on to describe this latest ‘Frankenstein’ as “very, very different, but it’s about the same essential things. It’s about obsession, and relentless pursuit of scientific advancement, immortality, death, trying to replace God and whether that is right or wrong - it’s about the same things really, but it’s got a different angle.
"It’s much more about our relationship than it is about a mental doctor and existential ponderings."
Radcliffe has echoed these sentiments, telling Total Film magazine recently that this film will give Igor “a lot more depth than we’ve seen in other incarnations of the story… it’s a wild script. It constantly surprises you and it’s great, great fun as well.”
I somehow find it incredibly adorable that he did this interview in the car on the way to set, on his mobile. Oh, James. Finding time for everyone somehow.
Hopefully that means they won’t shoehorn in a rape storyline like the recent Danny Boyle stage production did.
“I didn’t expect it would be all women and it was a small classroom and about 40 women were sort of sitting in a semicircle and the thought of spending two hours every week sitting there for the next four months was overwhelming.”
Male expects special accommodation because he doesn’t want to be around women, and then sues for discrimination. Amazing.
1. If you’re only shy around women, there’s a good chance that it’s caused by having sexist attitudes about women.
2. If you’re too shy to go to a class with all women, wouldn’t you also be too shy to go to court?
3. Drop the class if you can’t deal with its structure.
If you don’t show up for class, then your prof has every right to fail you especially if part of the grade depends on your attendance.
Short of you dying, having something else happening in your life that you actually talked to your prof about, or the apocalypse, if you don’t show, then you’re gonna draw a big old fail.
Trust, I had a professor who put one of my classmates out when he caught him reading a newspaper in class. The prof did not let him back into class.
“I believe if you want to attract more males to these courses, you have to work with them. My request for accommodation was reasonable.” Meaning: You have to cater to men and their insecurities and their unexamined misogyny in order to attract them. And then modify your course content and discussion so they aren’t made victims of misandry/sexism/what-the-fuck-ever.
I am so deeply glad the prof failed his ass and the human rights tribunal rejected his claim.