In "Victor Frankenstein," James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe join a long tradition of actors, usually British (or Scottish), playing Mary Shelley's mad scientist and his assistant. But they are the first to play with this dynamic: Instead of Frankenstein's lowly, hunchbacked helper, Igor is a dandy and a medical genius in his own regard. It also allowed the two actors to goof around on the set of a particularly nutty what-if.
This is your first time working together but you seem to have a mutual admiration. So what was your relationship like on set?
James McAvoy: When I have to work with people I don’t like, and I think they are really horrible. I generally never argue with them either. We got on really well. There was no arguing.
Daniel Radcliffe: Yeah. I think that the image people have of actors being like constantly at war with each other isn’t generally the case.
What is your relationship with science? What grades did you get at school in physics and chemistry?
McAvoy: I didn’t take physics. But I did take chemistry and biology for a very short time. And in chemistry, I think I got a C, and in biology a B-. And then when I grew old enough to choose subjects I would specialize in, I dropped them both and took English and music. I always enjoyed science at school and I enjoy hearing scientists and talk about science. But I’m definitely glad I don’t have to learn it or do it.
We are all going to die someday. Would you like to be raised from the dead by some genius?
Radcliffe: Yeah, as long as I’m the only one. [Laughs] And he won’t do it to everybody, so that there are lots of dead walking around. I’d like to think about myself as special.