Daniel Radcliffe stars alongside James McAvoy, who plays Victor Frankenstein, in the latest cinematic adaptation of the famous novel by Mary Shelley.
This version differs, however, in that it is told from the viewpoint of Igor. It shows the troubled origins of the trustworthy assistant and how he became involved with the legend.
Igor, traditionally, has been a subordinate fixture in the numerous takes on the story. He also served as a character in a number of stock appearances in other productions (such as TV sketch shows and parodies).
By serving as a de facto narrator, Daniel Radcliffe will have an opportunity to show a more intelligent side to the historic character.
The character was originally named Fritz when it first appeared in an 1823 stage adaptation, Presumption: or the Fate of Frankenstein. Actor Richard Keeley played the role.
Fritz, the hunchback assistant, appeared in the 1931 film, Frankenstein and was played by Dwight Frye.
Bela Lugosi played “Ygor” in Son of Frankenstein (1939) and Ghost of Frankenstein (1942). He was without the trademark hunchback but his spine was twisted, either from a trauma or birth defect.
Marty Feldman’s portrayal of Igor in Mel Brooks’ 1974 parody, Young Frankenstein was extraordinarily popular and is arguably the actor many generations of people think of when Igor is mentioned.
Igor got his own self-titled animated fantasy film in 2008 with John Cusack voicing the part. It was a bit lighter fare.
Time will tell if fans of the series take to Daniel Radcliffe’s portrayal of Igor.
Mr. Radcliffe has three films in the works for 2016, among them, Young Americans, in which he plays the late political consultant, Lee Atwater.
Rated “R,” Victor Frankenstein is in theaters, starting November 25th.