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.
  • Doing It for the Art: Branagh and De Niro thought that the Creature should have mismatched legs and spent hours trying out different types of footwear to get the proper limp. Also, the Creature's birth scene required a full body prothesis and De Niro had to come in at two in the morning and stay absolutely still as a team of makeup artists meticulously stitched him into the suit.
  • Follow the Leader: After the success of Bram Stoker's Dracula, this was clearly intended as a Spiritual Successor. Francis Ford Coppola was originally going to direct too.
  • Playing Against Type:
  • Production Posse: In addition to Patrick Doyle as the composer, Branagh regulars play Ian Holmes, Helena Bonham Carter, and Richard Briers plays the parts of Baron Frankenstein, Elizabeth, and the Old Blind Man respectively.
  • Romance on the Set: This is where Kenneth Branagh and Helena Bonham Carter fell in love.
  • 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 theatre 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. He stepped back and allowed Kenneth Branagh to direct instead. They disagreed on numerous things during production, Coppola feeling that the entire first hour of the film should be cut. He later denounced the whole thing.
    • 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.
    • Kate Winslet lobbied very hard for the role of Elizabeth. Although it went to Helena Bonham Carter, Kenneth Branagh was impressed by her and cast her as Ophelia in his version of Hamlet. Emma Thompson was also the first choice for Elizabeth, but she had commitments to Carrington at the time.
    • Other scenes were shot confirming that Henry is left alive at the end of the film, but they were cut. Henry's fate is left ambiguous, last seen as Victor flees his burning house.

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