Dec. 11, 2013
It seems that Scott's character, Turpin, is NOT the bad guy in 'Frankenstein.' It's been brought to my attention that Scott did a Twitter interview via someone's account (he doesn't have one of his own) on Dec. 4 where he took fan questions and in response to this one, "Congrats on "Frankenstein"! What character are you playing?" tweeted the following:
"I am playing a character called Turpin who is NOT a bad guy. #defensive"
I extrapolated from the Daily Mail article which said he was playing the "nemesis" of Dr. Frankenstein and Igor to mean he was the villain in the film. But it appears from Andrew's tweet which looks like it's a response to the first line of this article, adding the hashtag that he's "defensive" in his answer, that Andrew reads this column, so in the future he can correct me when I'm wrong. I'm always open to that and aim for accurate information at all times. Mea culpa.
Scott's character, Turpin, is in fact the police inspector, a recent widower with a young daughter and quite a sympathetic character, according to those who have read the Max Landis script that's floating around the Internet ether.
End of correction.
The character of Turpin, who is the adversary of the Dr. (James McAvoy), and his assistant and friend, Igor (Daniel Radcliffe) is described in an early article about the Max Landis script as being "TURPIN (Male, 40): Respectable and distinguished but with a strange harried manner." However, Landis tweeted the author of the 2011 article to say a lot of the info about the characters listed was not correct. It is easy to picture Scott being cast as a man with a strange, harried manner though, so that part of the article may be right.
The only things certain about the character Scott plays at this point are the name - Turpin - and that he is the arch enemy of the good guys in the film.
"Radcliffe will play Igor; McAvoy, Victor von Frankenstein; and Scott will portray Turpin, their nemesis. Jessica Brown Findlay has the leading lady role of Lorelei."
This movie, which is described as "more high adventure and action" than the previous horror versions began shooting in London last week and will take a brief break for the Christmas holidays, resuming again in the new year.