Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

From Wizardry to Science's Dark Side; Daniel Radcliffe and James McAvoy Team Up to Play the Radical Frankenstein and His Sidekick Igor in a New Twist on the Famous Tale. SUSAN GRIFFIN Chats to the Actors about Their Victorian Bromance

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

From Wizardry to Science's Dark Side; Daniel Radcliffe and James McAvoy Team Up to Play the Radical Frankenstein and His Sidekick Igor in a New Twist on the Famous Tale. SUSAN GRIFFIN Chats to the Actors about Their Victorian Bromance

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Byline: SUSAN GRIFFIN

DANIEL Radcliffe admits he wasn't sure on the severe look initially but "loves it" now, as do the fans who've taken to social media in their droves to share their approval.

His hair, it transpires, was shaved off for his role as a neo-Nazi in Imperium, due out next year, but it wasn't just the shorn head that caused concern for the star - the title has too.

"Imperium - it sounds too much like a Harry Potter spell," Radcliffe teases, eyes glinting.

At 26, the boy wizard may be all grown up, but that doesn't mean he isn't still haunted by his most famous role. "Whenever I try on glasses for a part, I'm always like, 'No, get ones that are less similar'" he says, referring to his former big-screen alter ego's circular specs.

James McAvoy, his co-star in new movie Victor Frankenstein, doesn't share Radcliffe's Potter spell concerns, but tells him the title reminds him of 2002 sci-fi flick Equilibrium.

"I auditioned for that when I was nine," says Radcliffe.

"For the part of Christian Bale's son, and if I'd got it, I wouldn't have been able to do Potter, so thank God I was s*** that day."

He and McAvoy make for easy company and their chemistry has transferred to the big screen in Victor Frankenstein, a twist on Mary Shelley's legendary 1818 novel.

It seems a shame that it's taken this long for the pair to unite on a project.

"We weren't avoiding it. I think this is the first opportunity to work together," says London-born Radcliffe. "I'd already read the script when James's name came up. It was very much one of those reactions of, 'Yeah, but will we get him?' I thought he might be doing X-Men."

" This is news to 36-year-old McAvoy. "It was quite easy [for me]. As soon as they offered it to me, I was like, 'Yep'" reveals the Scot, laughing.

In the movie, he plays the radical scientist Frankenstein, a name often mistakenly attributed to the monster instead of its creator.

It's on a visit to the circus that Frankenstein witnesses a hunchbacked clown [Radcliffe] perform an emergency procedure on a fellow performer, played by Jessica Brown Findlay. Impressed by his knowledge of anatomy, which has been self-taught, Frankenstein saves him from his life of squalor, relieves him of his deformity and gives him the name Igor Strausman. …

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