Victor in Victor Frankenstein
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