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Monster travels from 1800s to distant future

Posted 12:00am on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014

Aaron Eckhart has some advice for monster-movie and Mary Shelley purists who might quibble with I, Frankenstein, his futuristic movie version 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 of human body parts, harnessing of lightning and jolting a creature to life in this Frankenstein, which is not being screened for critics. The monster is 200 years old and called “Adam.” He has survived into a future dystopia, where he gets caught up in 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 effects. If I’m selling this movie on a tweet, it’s ‘Man in search of his purpose.’ 

Eckhart found that that was something he could relate to. At 45, he has never broken out as a headliner, a box office attraction who can open a film based on his name alone. He broke into movies with the help of playwright-director 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 and leads in more daring fare such as Thank You for Smoking have never added up to an escape from B-movies ( Olympus Has Fallen).

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.”

Eckhart is one of those character actors who turns up in several films a year, most years. And “I’m making a lot more movies in 2014. Hey, it’s not like I love to work or anything. I just can’t afford not to.”

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