I’m excited for this Frankenstein film coming out next year with you as Igor and James McAvoy as Frankenstein. When I think of Frankenstein, I have these visions of Robert De Niro in awful makeup.
That’s the vision I had of it when I was approached to do it as well, because I hadn’t read the book. I have a hump, but only for the first part of the movie. The take on it is that it’s the Frankenstein story told through the point of view of Igor. Igor is found by Victor at the beginning of the movie working in abject, abusive conditions in a circus, so Victor decides to steal him away from that because he seems potential in him to be a great surgeon and collaborator. From my character’s point of view, it’s about going from having no voice and being treated as subhuman, to having a purpose in life, and being stuck in the middle of a moral dilemma that only he could solve. It’s sort of a 1850s The Social Network because it’s about these two guys who are at the tip of the spear of technology, but when Victor’s ego starts to spin out of control, it becomes Igor’s job to rescue him from himself—just like Victor saved Igor. But there are plenty of archetypal Frankenstein moments. It’s alive! is in there, and there’s a lot of flipping of switches!