"I'VE NEVER SEEN FRANKENSTEIN" AS A HORROR STORY!"
What makes this story so compelling that it’s been told so many times?
It’s about man taking the place of God and it’s about our fear and our fascination and our need as a race to grasp technological advancement. We are amazed and we’re fascinated by it and we need it and yet we’re also desperately scared of it all the time.
You enjoyed rocking the ’70s gear in X-Men: Days Of Future Past. Did you have as much fun with the Victorian gear?
Yeah, I love it! If you’ve got a coat with a big long tail you’re going to swish it. If you’ve got a top hat you’re going to flick it. Totally. I love period costumes. Not so much the ’80s costumes that I just wore in [X-Men] Apocalypse… but nearly every other decade I seem to dig.
Do you have a favourite Victor Frankenstein from cinema history?
Never watched a Frankenstein movie, ever. That’s terrible, isn’t it? I’ve seen bits and bobs but I’ve never sat down and watched one.
Was there a formative horror movie from your childhood?
Ghoulies. Ghoulies was really scary. Evil Dead was brilliant, funny and terrifying. And I remember a horror movie that really stuck with me. It was a werewolf movie – Ginger Snaps. But I’ve never seen Frankenstein as a horror story. It’s always been an existential crisis story for me. And this isn’t a horror story either. For me this is a romp. This is a big old adventure with some ethical complexity. PG-13! Look out for scenes of ethical complexity!