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Sir Ian McKellen said that he felt very comfortable playing the role of James Whale. For, like Whale, McKellan is a homosexual British actor, who spent his early career in the theater, and ultimately started a career in Hollywood.
The title comes from a line that appeared in Bride of Frankenstein (1935). In it, Dr. Pretorius (Ernest Thesiger) says to Dr. Frankenstein (Colin Clive): "To a new world of gods and monsters."
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There are five original James Whale drawings in this film.
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As of 2007, one of only three films since the advent of the Best Screenplay Adapted from Another Medium Oscar to win the award without receiving a Best Picture nomination as well. The first was The Bad and the Beautiful (1952), the second was Sling Blade (1996).
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The film was shot in only twenty-four days. Filming began on June 30, 1997 in Pasadena, California. Principal photography was completed on July 28, 1997.
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James Whale directed Valerie Hobson in Bride of Frankenstein (1935). Sir Ian McKellen, who plays Whale in this film, previously played Hobson's husband, the British Conservative MP John Profumo, in Scandal (1989).
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James Whale gave Peter Cushing his Hollywood debut in The Man in the Iron Mask (1939). Cushing went on to play Baron Frankenstein in the Hammer film series.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

In real-life, James Whale wrote a suicide note before jumping into his pool, reassuring his loved ones that he was not depressed, but only wanted to end his constant physical suffering.
The ending scene, where Clay Boone lurches around his alley like Frankenstein's monster, was suggested to Director Bill Condon by Brendan Fraser.

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