Trivia / Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

  • All-Star Cast: Branagh plays the good doctor. Tom Hulce is his best friend. Then-girlfriend Helena Bonham-Carter is his adoptive sister/fiancee (yes, you read that right). Ian Holm is his father. Aidan Quinn is the ship's captain. John Cleese is his mentor. And most shocking of all, Robert De Niro is The Creature.
  • Playing Against Type:
  • Star-Derailing Role: This movie put the brakes on Branagh's career as a mainstream actor and director. He didn't mind too much though, as he preferred theater and indie projects that brought him critical acclaim. It did, however, make it hard for him to put together funding for his Hamlet passion project. It wasn't until the 2010's and his helming of Thor that he began being offered blockbuster projects again.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Francis Ford Coppola originally intended to direct this film as a Spiritual Successor to Bram Stoker's Dracula. When Branagh was given the director's chair instead, Coppola publicly bashed the film.
    • Fred Saberhagen, who wrote the novelization for Bram Stoker's Dracula, allegedly tried to get the novelization job for this film as well just so it could say "Mary Shelley's Frankenstein: from the author of Bram Stoker's Dracula" on the cover.