Harry Potter fans will be forgiven for believing that Daniel Radcliffe is turning into Sirius Black, after growing his hair for his new Frankenstein movie role. He will play Igor; another period piece to add to his list of acting roles.
The 24-year-old has recently been spotted rolling around in the sand and hands bound by rope while filming his new movie. To make the scenes more realistic, he chose to grow his hair but has admitted that it is difficult to manage. His long hair is wet and sticking to his face. He is definitely not the young boy everyone remembers from the eight wizard movies.
The movie Frankenstein has been done over and over again, and is based on the novel of the same name by Mary Shelley. Shelley once said that the story came to her as a dream while attending Lord Byron’s home as a guest.
However, Radcliffe’s upcoming character was never in the novel. It was through adaptations that led to the mash-up of various other characters after the 1931 movie. In Monster Mash by Bobby “Boris” Pickett, the character was finally given a name, and it has stuck ever since. Incidentally, it was the same name given to the hunchback in Dracula. Both characters are assistants/butlers, and it is easy to get confused between the two different stories when just mentioning the name Igor.
The story of Frankenstein is usually told from the doctor’s point of view. However, the new Frankenstein movie that has Radcliffe growing his hair will be told from Igor’s point of view. It will likely be an interesting twist to the story, seeing the creation of the monster from a different pair of eyes, sitting almost on the sidelines.
It will likely be very different from the most recent version that was released in 2011 for the stage. Danny Boyle directed the National Theatre production with Johnny Lee Miller and Benedict Cumberbatch as the main characters, telling the story in the traditional method.
This new version is in the middle of filming, which will continue until March this year. Some of the bigger names starring alongside Radcliffe include Jessica Brown Findlay from Downton Abbey and Adam Scott from Sherlock. Findlay’s character is a circus performer called Lorelei, who Igor gets close to throughout the movie. James McAvoy will star as Dr. Victor Frankenstein. Sherlock director Paul McGuigan will direct the hopeful hit.
The Woman in Black star has not just had to grow his hair for the movie. He’s also had to remain fit, as it involves a lot of running around. In one take, he was seen running alongside a horse and carriage, while a car was used on the other side to film the scenes in Manchester. The city has been used for many other big blockbuster movies, including The Iron Lady and Captain America.
There will be around 200 extras in some of the scenes, all in 18th century clothing to tell Igor’s tale. It is definitely a different take on the Frankenstein movie that has seen Radcliffe grow his hair for his new role.
Editorial by Alexandria Ingham