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The film was shot in only 24 days. Filming began on June 30, 1997 in Pasadena, California. The 24 days of principal photography were completed on July 28, 1997.
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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.
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There are five original James Whale drawings in this film.
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The title comes from a line appeared in The Bride of Frankenstein (1935). In it, Dr. Pretorius (Ernest Thesiger) say to Dr. Frankenstein (Colin Clive): "To a new world of gods and monsters."
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As of 2007, one of only three films since the advent of the Best Adapted Screenplay 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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James Whale directed Valerie Hobson in The Bride of Frankenstein (1935). 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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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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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.
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