Mi­randa’s mon­strous mo­ment

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - MOVIES - By RICK BENT­LEY

MI­RANDA Otto’s not just hav­ing a good week – it’s a great week. The Aus­tralian ac­tress stars in the new film I, Frankenstein and has a role in a the new Fox TV se­ries Rake.

I, Frankenstein takes place 200 years af­ter Dr Frankenstein cre­ated his mon­ster (Aaron Eck­hart), who still walks the earth.

The pieced-to­gether crea­ture finds him­self in the mid­dle of a war over the fate of hu­man­ity where he holds the key that could de­stroy mankind.

“I play Leonore, high queen of the Gar­goyles,” Otto says. “She is the leader of the Gar­goyle or­der. While she can be mean at times, ba­si­cally the gar­goyles are on the side of good. They are on the side of God. You might think gar­goyles are only stone mon­u­ments on a church, but they are real fig­ures who pro­tect and keep away de­mons.”

This isn’t Otto’s first sci-fi / fan­tasy job. She ap­peared in two of the Lord Of The Rings movies – The Two Tow­ers and The Re­turn Of The King – as Eowyn.

She loves the genre be­cause the roles are usu­ally fun. She says this film wasn’t quite as much fun. She likes to play char­ac­ters who are in the mid­dle of the ac­tion and her high queen has a more ethe­real na­ture.

A lot of her time is spent with the crea­ture, whom she names Adam.

“He’s a be­ing with­out a soul be­cause he was put to­gether. Adam falls into this place where he could be taken by the de­mons be­cause he’s got no soul and has su­per­pow­ers. The de­mons want to use him as a way to fig­ure out how to make more like him,” Otto says.

“I’m the one who de­cides, when the gar­goyles bring him in, whether we should kill him or bring him into our or­der.”

In a lit­tle way, the role’s not that far from her work on Rake, where she plays the ex-wife of a trou­bled lawyer played by Greg Kin­n­ear. His fi­nan­cial fail­ures, sex­ual an­tics and nu­mer­ous other bad habits make him a lost soul.

Otto’s char­ac­ter is also a psy­chol­o­gist who be­grudg­ingly acts as his ther­a­pist.

The se­ries is based on an Aus­tralian se­ries that Otto saw while liv­ing down un­der.

She was ex­cited to land a role in the US ver­sion.

“I loved the show. It was a very clever kind of adult show which was very in­tel­li­gent. I en­joyed the word­play and I loved the fact that he was sur­rounded by all th­ese fab­u­lous women who still re­ally loved him, no mat­ter how many bad things he did.

“And I thought it was such a clever con­ceit to have th­ese strong women around him,” Otto says.

“And it kind of gave him li­cense to do all kinds of shock­ing things.”

Otto sees her role – and all the roles of the women in the pro­gramme – as be­ing the an­chors for Rake hold­ing him down emo­tion­ally, sex­u­ally, fi­nan­cially and parentally. — The Fresno Bee/McClatchy-Tri­bune In­for­ma­tion Ser­vices

I, Frankenstein is now show­ing in cine­mas na­tion­wide.

Mi­randa Otto loves the sci-fi/fan­tasy genre as the roles are usu­ally fun.

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