Aaron Eckhart looks for the monster's humanity in 'I, Frankenstein'

McClatchy-Tribune News ServiceJanuary 23, 2014 


Aaron Eckhart stars as "Adam" in "I Frankenstein." MCT


Aaron Eckhart has some advice for monster movie and Mary Shelley purists who might quibble with "I, Frankenstein," hisfuturistic movie version of creature that features Eckhart as the monster almost 100 years in the future.

"Get on Twitter," he chuckles, suggesting the best place to complain." They already ARE! Believe me."

None of that 19th century piecing together human body parts, harnessing of lightning, and jolting a creature to life in this "Frankenstein." The monster in "I, Frankenstein" is 200 years old and called "Adam." He's survived into a future dystopia where he gets caught up demon/gargoyle wars.

Sure, it's a genre picture, Eckhart laughs. But if he were to take to Twitter himself to try and sell it, here's his 144-or-so character.

"It's a monster movie with a human soul. Fans of this genre may care about that, but a lot of people just don't. They care about the action, the effects.If I'm selling this movie on a tweet, it's 'Man in search of his purpose.'"

Eckhart found that something he could relate to. At 45, he's never broken out as a headliner, a box office attraction who can open a film based on his name alone. His screen presence is formidable, thanks to a deep voice, soulful eyes. He broke into movies with the help of playwright-director and friend Neil LaBute ("In the Company of Men") and has had scattered success in the 15 years since.

Supporting roles in blockbusters from "Erin Brockovich" to "The Dark Knight" films (as Harvey "Two-Face" Dent), leads in more daring fare such as "Thank You for Smoking," "Towelhead" and "Rabbit Hole" have never added up to an escape from B-movies or actioners ("Olympus Has Fallen").Still, he takes on even the genre pictureswith as much good humor as he can muster.

"I've never been an actor who lets himself get shoved into a corner," Eckhart says. "I don't really have a body of work that shows me as who I am and what I believe. I'm not showing that. I've never been one of those actors."

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