Refused to parody his beloved role as the Frankenstein monster.
The studio's first choice got passed over by director James Whale who preferred an actor with a more intellectual, refined speaking voice and manner.
The lead role was intended for Karloff, but it was rushed into production with Henry Hull while Boris filming "Bride of Frankenstein"
Universal had originally intended Karloff to star as Larry Talbot, the aristocrat attacked by a wolf when he returns to his family homestead.
Actor who got the part: Lon Chaney Jr.
Did you know that Boris Karloff was not the only choice for this movie? (click to learn more)