Actor Aaron Eckhart isn’t one to be pigeon-holed, as seen by his latest turn as a chiseled, updated version of Frankenstein’s monster.

After roles that have ranged from sensitive biker (Erin Brockovitch) to smooth-talking lobbyist (Thank You for Smoking) to grieving father (Rabbit Hole) to President of the United States (Olympus Has Fallen), Eckhart was game to take the lead role of Adam Frankenstein in the new action fantasy I, Frankenstein.

“It just seemed like a lot of fun — taking on a historical character everybody knows and loves. Also, the whole action element of the film was exciting,” he told CBC News.

Based on a graphic novel by actor-writer Kevin Grevioux, I, Frankenstein re-imagines the literary monster created by author Mary Shelley as a superhuman fighter drawn into an apocalyptic battle between an army of gargoyles and a clan of demons.

In the attached video, Eckhart talks to CBC’s Zulekha Nathoo about taking on the action-packed project and his intense transformation for the role.