Monday, May 05, 2008

Dougray Scott Stars in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

I recently spoke with Dougray Scott about his latest movie, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, which is premiering on the ION network on Saturday, May 17th. I also was able to see a sneak preview of the movie, and I must say that it is a must see. Check it out:

For more than a century, the tale of Jekyll and Hyde has captivated the world imagination. In this chilling and diabolically clever reinvention, evil lives again.

Dr. Henry Jekyll (Dougray Scott, Desperate Housewives) is a well-regarded physician whose evenings are spent researching a rare and sacred Amazonian flower so potent it’s said to literally separate the soul, giving life to man’s Dark Self. The obsessive experiments to isolate its psychotropic properties happen to coincide with a series of brutal murders gripping the city with fear. Jekyll knows it’s no coincidence. While his nights are lost to him, he awakens with bloody mementos and violent memories of the screams of his victims. He knows the Dark Self is coming into his own. It’s even given himself a name: Mr. Edward Hyde.

Anxious to plead guilty, waive trial, face sentence, and be put out of his misery, where he can no longer do harm, Jekyll solicits the help of Claire Wheaton (Krista Bridges, Land of the Dead), a compassionate attorney attracted to unusual and lost causes. Agreeing to represent Jekyll, her case for extreme mental imbalance is convincing. Confined to an asylum, Jekyll realizes that he has lost control, that Hyde now emerges in both body and soul on a horrifying whim, and slaughters with equal abandon. Hyde also knows that Claire is looking to suppress him. What Hyde doesn’t like, he kills. And while Jekyll is safely locked away, Hyde isn’t.

Co-starring Emmy winner Tom Skerritt (Picket Fences), Robert Louis Stevenson’s gothic classic is now ingeniously retold to terrify audiences anew.

Here is a snippet from my interview with Dougray: 

“I was definitely excited and very flattered to be offered the part — to play such an intriguing, iconic character from Robert Louis Stevenson’s very famous novella. I liked that Mr. Hyde is not a monster (as past films have portrayed him), but rather he is a believable alter ego.”

Watch this movie, if your cable/satellite provider offers the ION channel. If not, demand it! You won't be disappointed!