JAMES McAVOY

Vic­tor in Vic­tor Franken­stein

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Reviews -

Did you go back to Mary Shel­ley’s novel?

I reread the book. I read it when I was in my early teens. I didn’t love it, to be hon­est with you. And I didn’t love it again when I was older!

What’s your take on Vic­tor?

The char­ac­ter in the film is fu­elled by be­reave­ment and grief and the trauma of see­ing a loved one die at a very early age. I did a lot of think­ing about how that would af­fect me – could I get to a place where I was still vi­brant and en­er­gised, be­ing fu­elled by that very sad and mor­bid thing? It’s not just giv­ing him grief, it’s giv­ing him ac­tual fear. He’s ter­ri­fied of death.

How does Vic­tor com­pare to Pro­fes­sor X?

They’re very dif­fer­ent kinds of pro­fes­sor. I was mak­ing Days Of Fu­ture Past, where Pro­fes­sor Xavier was all messed up and a bit more mav­er­ick, and that’s when the same stu­dio of­fered me Franken­stein, so there was a sim­i­lar­ity there. It does feel quite strange to be play­ing two pro­fes­sors… Al­though Vic­tor in this movie is not even a qual­i­fied doc­tor. He must be a pretty shit doc­tor, be­cause I’m 36. He must be a bad stu­dent! Nick Setch­field

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