Monday, February 28, 2011

Helena Bonham Carter Talks Dark Shadows

Actress Helena Bonham Carter was out at last night's Oscar ceremony, where she was nominated for her role in The King's Speech. Wearing a black corset dress created by Colleen Atwood, she confirmed speculation that she is in talks to appear in the new Dark Shadows movie. MTV's Movie Blog caught up her to talk briefly about the Dark Shadows script, and a new direction for her character, Dr. Julia Hoffman:

"I think I'm going to do it [Dark Shadows]... and I think it's because, well, I've never played an alcoholic psychiatrist." Carter has appeared in several fims directed by her parter, Tim Burton, and initially assumed her wanted her for the role of the witch Angelique. "I thought it was a sexy part he wanted me for... I'm saying, 'Yeah, I can play the sexy witch.' And he said, 'No, you've done that. You're going to play the psychiatrist who's an alcoholic!'"

The original Dr. Hoffman, played by the late Grayson Hall, was a coolly efficient psychiatrist whose medical expertise knew few limits, eventually leading her to discover a medical cure for Barnabas' vampire condition; An alcohol problem promises to be an intriguing departure from the original storylines. To view video of the full interview, click here.

Carter missed out on an award, but Dark Shadows' costume designer Colleen Atwood scooped a win for her work on Alice in Wonderland. Original Dark Shadows actor David Selby (Quentin) also featured on screen during the evening's coverage in excerpts of The Social Network, which won three awards.

5 comments:

chimmy said...

She's totally doing it. And she is obviously joking about playing Angelique. But Dr. H an alcoholic? Hmmm...

vderricks said...

Julia, an alcoholic? Boy, that's an interesting twist. I don't remember Julia on the original series ever taking a drink...even when Barnabas tried to drive her crazy.

DCWhatthe said...

An alcoholic Julia Hoffman. Ok, that could explain why she has the hots for a 200-year-old stud. Also, why she would want to leave a lucrative profession, only to be possessed, threatened, and betrayed.

David said...

I guess I am too in love with the Dr. Hoffman that was a stalwart and devoted Watson to Barnabas's Holmes (they were two bff's in multiple lifetimes and parallel timebands) not to be a little scared. But for the sake of letting them put over the inceptive story how they see fit, and in deference to a new interpretation (which looks as if it might be as reverential and respectful as it should be inventive) I say cheers! Bottoms up! Drinks all around! I can't wait!

Michael said...

I think that one thing we die hard Dark Shadows fans have to accept is that, in addition to everything we know and love about the show, and the story lines that we are so familiar with, the new film is absolutely going to change things here and there and indulge in a bit of poetic license with the Dark Shadows myth. It's a brand new Dark Shadows, so as long as it works, we should accept it. And I have to say, I AM intrigued by the thought of an alcoholic Julia. Perhaps that will play into her thought process, wondering if Barnabas really is a vampire, or if she's just not thinking clearly due to her addiction. Here's hoping the rest of the surprises will be brilliant ones like this...