Helena Bonham Carter: ‘Dark Shadows’ Will Be ‘Impossible To Sell’

Helena Bonham Carter might have loved her role in Tim Burton’s upcoming film “Dark Shadows,” but she was incredibly frank about the project when MTV News caught up with her before last night’s Britannia Awards.

Between saying that the movie will be “impossible to sell” to making a hilarious commentary on the original TV show from the ’70s and ’80s, Bonham Carter gave us an honest taste of what’s to come with the film. What she didn’t say, though, was that it’s a return to vintage Burton. Instead, she clarified that it’s a return to his passion projects.

“This is a thing he raced home to see when he was about age 10, so it’s returning to his childhood roots of what he loved watching,” Bonham Carter said of the original “Dark Shadows.” “It’s actually a really bad, hilariously bad soap opera, and because it’s so bad, he felt he had to make a hugely expensive movie.”

That being said, Bonham Carter admitted that she loves the film as a whole, and had a lot of fun playing her character Dr. Julia Hoffman. But, since “Dark Shadows” wrapped so recently, the Burton regular admitted that she was having a hard time completely separating herself from the role.

“I mean, she’s an alcoholic psychiatrist, so I hadn’t played that before. And she’s got a secret. They all have secrets. It’s all about people who have secrets,” she teased.

The difficult part of selling “Dark Shadows” to a mainstream audience will be in figuring out how to categorize it, apparently. To us, the major selling point is the fact it’s a Tim Burton movie, but Bonham Carter said studios might not feel the same way.

“It’s going to be unlike [anything], I think. It’s dangerous to say that. But it’s very original and it’s kind of uncategorizable. It’s going to be impossible to sell, frankly, because it’s just so … it’s a soap opera, but it’s very, very subtle. I don’t know. We’ll see. It’s a ghost story, but then it’s an unhappy vampire story, it’s a mixture of so many different things and a real ensemble piece. Hopefully it will be funny. I don’t know,” she said.

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