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Fassbender, Bacon Say New 'X-Men' Is First Class Story


By Tim Lammers
May 31, 2011

INTERVIEWS, REVIEWS & MOVIE NEWS BY TIM LAMMERS
Michael Fassbender in "X-Men: First Class."
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It's been a whirlwind past couple of weeks for the stars of "X-Men: First Class," beginning with a press gathering for four days in London and then, with barely a day break in between, more time for media in New York ahead of the film's red carpet premiere.

It's only appropriate, though, that the cast of "X-Men: First Class" make appearances far and wide to talk about the film. That's because the mutants in the film are characters most everybody -- including stars Michael Fassbender and Kevin Bacon -- can relate to.
"It's a fairly serious film in the way it speaks to people who are outsiders, or people who are mistrustful of other races, genders or socioeconomic groups that are different from their own," Bacon said by phone from London. "It also speaks to the idea of accepting yourself for who you are."

Fassbender, who called in from New York, said he's been continually riveted by how the "X-Men" comics and films have been able to tell stories in a fantastical sort of way, yet be socially relevant at the same time.

"In a weird way, it's almost like the 'X-Men' stories have taken a mutant form to disguise what we as people deal with in real life," Fassbender said. "There's so much humanity in the stories. They address very universal themes."
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Opening in theaters nationwide on Friday, "X-Men: First Class" is set in the 1960s, when the telepathic Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and Erik Lensherr (Fassbender) -- who can generate and control magnetism -- meet for the first time and eventually assume the identities of Professor X and Magneto. Coming from decidedly different backgrounds, the compassionate Charles and vengeful Erik together forge a foundation to lead younger mutants who feel lost and confused in a society that mostly shuns them because of their extraordinary abilities.

Among those willing to exploit the most vulnerable of his kind is the evil mutant Sebastian Shaw (Bacon), the billionaire owner of a swank lair known as the Hellfire Club. A destructive force who can absorb and manipulate energy, Sebastian ultimately wants to eradicate humans and create a utopia where only mutants exist.

At the heart of "X-Men: First Class" is Charles and Erik's uneasy alliance against Sebastian, who is using the Cuban Missile Crisis to trigger nuclear war so he can reach his end game. Fassbender said he loved that -- like in the comics -- "X-Men: First Class" finds Charles and Erik working together and respecting each other's viewpoints despite their huge ideological differences.

"We're dealing with these very complicated and ambivalent characters. It's not your classic sort of hero and villain story with these two," Fassbender observed. "All through the comic book series we see Magneto and Professor helping each other out. Magneto helps him rebuild Cerebro and even takes over the school, even at a point where they are arch-enemies. I find that to be a very mature way of dealing with these characters."

"As we know, there are great political leaders who have opposite viewpoints, will often sit down and have lunch," Fassbender added. "But what do they speak about? What goes on behind closed doors? It's a very intriguing concept."

While "X-Men: First Class" signals a fresh beginning for the film series, Fassbender said he and McAvoy very much wanted to keep intact the essence of the respect Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart created between Magneto and Professor X in the previous "X-Men" films.

"The fans really responded to what Sir Patrick and Sir Ian created for the characters. They brought an awful lot of intelligence and authorities to the roles," Fassbender said. "James and I tried to get to those same heights for our portrayals of the characters. We wanted to create that connection for those two from the moment they meet. We wanted them to feel that they've each met someone who's an equal."

While Fassbender said he was inspired by McKellen's performances as Magneto, he was encouraged by director Matthew Vaughn go a different route with the character -- a direction that would bond, for the lack of a better word, the actor with an iconic performance of another legendary actor.

"I think Sir Ian's performance of Magneto is in the ether, specifically with the authority the character brings. But in an early meeting with Matthew, he brought up Sean Connery because the film was based in the '60s and Erik was sort of this lone assassin character like Connery in an early James Bond film," Fassbender recalled. "Matthew told me, 'Sean Connery worked as Bond because he had an unusual nuance in his accent and you have something similar, so I'd like to utilize that.' At that point I realized that I wasn't going to study Ian's physicality and voice."

While Bacon didn't have any previous screen versions of Sebastian to refer to, he said he found a lot of inspiration in the comics, even though the character from page to screen had undergone a significant transformation.

"Sebastian Shaw in the comics is a very huge, muscle-bound guy with a ponytail and dresses like George Washington," Bacon said. "There was a thing in the early days of the Hellfire Club being written where everybody dressed in a revolutionary, Louis the 14th kind-of look. Now he's a '60s billionaire playboy, but a lot of the essence of the original character of Sebastian is still there since I drew heavily on the comics for my research."

Bacon said he's well aware that diehard "X-Men" fans have scrutinized every last detail of the film during its production, and while he respects their viewpoints in relation to the comics, he said you ultimately have to find a proper balance between the original medium and its translation.

"I think we have a responsibility for sure to the fans," Bacon said. "It's the first time I've certainly worked in a situation where people are constantly blogging on the film and trying to get any update they could on what we were doing. It definitely was an interesting kind of vibe. I don't think you can please everybody ever -- I'm guessing people will go, 'Wait a second, Sebastian doesn't look anything like he does in the comics,' but on the other hand, I feel really strongly that the movie has to work beyond that."

Effectively, Bacon said that he wants "X-Men: First Class" to work for everybody.

"I want people who have never read a comic book to go and enjoy this movie. I want women who are normally not even drawn to a film like this, to go and get something from it, on an emotional level, a romantic level or whatever," Bacon said. "We had to be bold in that way. We had to be bold with our choices. We are not continuing the story -- we're going back and reinventing it in a way that I think is really clever."

And with any luck, the story of the new "X-Men" will continue, and not only because both Bacon and Fassbender had a great time making the film: Enrolling in another "X-Men" class will give Fassbender another chance to secure himself that super cool, retro Magneto helmet.

"Man, I really should have walked off with it -- I think I really messed up," Fassbender said, laughing.
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Cast of ‘X-Men: First Class’ on secret of their X-cess
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One thing you rarely hear at a press conference for a major summer blockbuster film is the cast expressing relief that their movie is actually good. But the stars of “X-Men: First Class” seem incredibly confident about this installment of the franchise, which is set in the 1960s and depicts the origins of the X-Men team.

“I phoned [co-star Michael Fassbender] within a half hour of seeing it, just to say, ‘Dude, you’ve got to see it. You’re going to be relieved. You’re going to be able to go to the toilet again properly,” says James McAvoy, who plays Charles Xavier — Professor X — the band leader of the mutants. “We were worried because sometimes they are a nightmare to make and it’s well documented that it was, there’s no point in hiding it. But it’s turned out really good.”

Kevin Bacon, who plays villain Sebastian Shaw in “First Class,” was similarly impressed.

“I was completely knocked out, I really was,” Bacon enthuses. “Many people that I’d contacted said, ‘I don’t think I’ve ever heard you react to one of your movies like that.’”

Bacon was also pretty shocked that he was involved in the project in the first place.

“I don’t know if this says something about my self-esteem but when they first said, ‘They’re offering you ‘X-Men,’ I thought, who fell out?” Bacon says, eliciting playfully pitiful groans from his co-stars Fassbender, McAvoy, Rose Byrne and January Jones, who are seated next to him.

The rapport of the cast members is palpable, as they shoot funny little quips back and forth at each other. McAvoy and Fassbender are particularly chummy, which works out well considering on screen, Fassbender’s Erik Lensherr-slash-Magneto character works with McAvoy’s Professor X to train the team of young mutants. But did they get closer than they might’ve needed to be?

“We were rubbing helmets a lot,” Fassbender jokes. “You get to know each other on a very...

... intimate level.”

“And then that bond is broken and he’s not calling me anymore,” McAvoy complains. “Whatever, man. We shared something.”

Joking aside, McAvoy credits director Matthew Vaughn with much of the success of this new project.

“One thing about the X-Men movies is that there’s always have 5,000 characters to get through in two hours and it can be a real task,” he says. “I think Matthew did a great job of telling each character’s story well but part of it is that there’s a rapport amongst everyone and that connection and that chemistry translates on screen as well.”

From the actors themselves

January Jones, who plays mutant Emma Frost, on the 1960’s setting:
“I never felt like I was in the 60’s so much. It was something that we were trying not to — you kind of feel it in a stylized way, but we weren’t overly conscious of it, I don’t think.”

McAvoy on playing a young Professor X:
“I didn’t see myself as the archetypal Sir Patrick Stewart, bald, Jean-Luc Picard professor of the Starship Enterprise. That was quite a difficult one to get my head around. I read the script — the first 40 pages that existed at the time and I realized that actually we could take the character in a whole different direction. We could have a lot more fun with him, make him a little bit more silly and a little bit more drunk and a little bit more randy and that was good fun.”

Rose Byrne plays Moira MacTaggart, a government agent sympathetic to the mutants. But was she jealous of their special powers?
“At the time it was good because I didn’t have to go to makeup so early,” she says. “But I’m sure I’ll have mutant envy.”
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James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender talk X-Men

Jun 5 2011 by Roz Laws, Sunday Mercury

HBEING able to fly or have super strength is easy enough to show on film these days.

But what if your super power is a little less visual – like mindreading or moving metal?

That was the challenge facing James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender as they played Professor X and Magneto in X-Men: First Class.

Michael jokes about looking constipated as he acts out Magneto’s power.

“Seriously, I didn’t really know what to do. An element of me obviously feels like an idiot as a grown man trying to bend metal with my hands,” he laughs.

James had the same problem.

“Everybody else got to do really cool ninja stuff, but I don’t really get to do anything. So, I thought I had to physicalise my power and came up with the master-stoke of touching my temple!” he quips.

He adds, with a straight face: “I went through three months of intensive training, you know.”

One notable difference between James and Patrick Stewart, who plays Xavier in later life, is the younger actor’s healthy head of hair. He still hasn’t been told how Xavier becomes bald.

“He either shaves it or he loses it. I don’t know how they’ll do it,” he says. “In the comic books, he’s still very young when he loses it, on the day his powers activate. We decided not to do that.”

X-Men will add to the glowing praise and fame that James has been experiencing, though he claims he’s really not that famous.

“People have been talking about that since I did Narnia, but I’ve been recognised in the street around 10 times since then, so that stuff never really worries me,” reveals McAvoy, who is dad to 11-month-old son Brendan with actress wife Anne-Marie Duff.
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New 'X-Men' set to power back mutant film franchise
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Posted at 06/04/2011 12:03 PM | Updated as of 06/04/2011 12:06 PM

NEW YORK – The "X-Men" franchise is back in theaters worldwide this week after a two year break and set to adapt its superhero themes into box office muscle with a strong story, fresh crop of actors, zippy visuals and broad appeal.

The fifth film, "X-Men: First Class," will likely re-energize the series, guaranteeing more "X-Men" movies and making it the early contender to beat among a group of big summer comic book films such as "Green Lantern" and "Captain America", film experts say.

"This one will likely be among the top three performers of the summer because, just like a good old James Bond movie, it should appeal to a broad base of moviegoers -- even if they haven't seen the four previous films," said Deadline Hollywood columnist Pete Hammond.

"X-Men:First Class," is another spin-off prequel to the original movie adapted from the fictional Marvel comic series of the same name.

It focuses on the formative years of mutants Charles Xavier (played by James McAvoy) and Magneto, also known as Erik Lehnsherr, played by Michael Fassbender, in the days before they became mortal enemies.

The 20th Century Fox film opens in the German concentration camp Auschwitz in occupied Poland in 1944 with a young Lehnsherr, who is separated from his parents when he first encounters the villain Sebastian Shaw and discovers his powers for the first time.

Directed by Matthew Vaughn, another Briton, and with a reported production budget of $120 million, early reviews for the tale of misunderstood freaks have been glowing. According to aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the movie has a rare 98 percent "fresh" rating.

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That bodes well after some unfavorable critical reaction to "X-Men: The Last Stand" in 2006 and "X-men Origins: Wolverine" (2009) -- although they still managed to gross more than $459 million and $373 million respectively at the worldwide box office.

"Much as 'Casino Royale' rebooted the James Bond franchise in a fresh and dynamic way, 'X-Men: First Class' injects new blood into a franchise that, for all its profitability, had become anemic," said The Hollywood Reporter.

Critics describe the new "X-Men" as visually stylish and a welcome return to the roots of the series. The cast also includes Kevin Bacon as Shaw, Jennifer Lawrence as shape-shifting waitress Mystique, and Rose Byrne as CIA agent Moira MacTaggart.

"X Men has been successful because it keeps reinventing itself and incorporating the most likable and intriguing group of ensemble characters of any comic book franchise," Hammond said.

Fassbender, whose performance has earned buzz for his prospects as a future James Bond, told reporters he believed the success of the franchise lay with universal themes that highlight self-respect and tolerance.

"The whole concept of 'X-Men' is a very mature idea -- in terms of most superhero comics in general -- that there is this alter ego that makes up for the geek inside.

But that idea of alienation is a universal thing, whether it be for religious beliefs or ethnicity or sexual orientation," Fassbender said. "It touches on a nerve that people can relate to."

Fassbender said that unlike some other blockbuster movies, the audience was forced to ask questions.
"Nowadays, especially with big commercial films, it is much too easy for the audience and they get spoon-fed," he said.
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The Film Strip: ‘X-Men: First Class’ Continue Their Quest to be Equal
by Marie Moore

James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender star in 'X-Men: First Class'

*Gone are Halle Berry and that whole crew of the first two X-Men installments. “X-Men: First Class,” the prequel, stars Zoe Kravitz (Angel), Edi Gathegi (Darwin), James McAvoy (Charles), Michael Fassbender (Erik), Kevin Bacon (Sebastian), Rose Byrne (Moira), January Jones (Emma) and Lucas Till (Alex). Gathegi caused an uproar among white fans of the “Twilight” series when he was cast as Laurent. Diehard X-Men aficionados can rest assured that there was no audacious tampering in this instance. Darwin is a black character, as well as Angel.

Taking the reins of a franchise that generated over a billion dollars did not faze the cast of “First Class.” “You know, I don’t think we really felt a lot of pressure,” says Kravitz. “I think we all kind of went to go do a good job and I think we’re happy with the result.” Kravitz, who has starred in a number of indies, makes her big screen debut as the mutant with the gift of flight. Working on a blockbuster, as opposed to a small film, is not that much of a difference she allowed. “It was fancier,” Kravitz laughs. “Honestly, it wasn’t that different just because everyone was so cool. I think if it was with a bunch of Hollywood-excuse my French-assholes, it would’ve been intimidating and an awful experience. But with everyone wanting to make a good film, and with everyone down to earth, it doesn’t really matter the scale [of it].”

Asked why they thought “X-Men” was so popular among the fans, Fassbender was forthright in his explanation.

“I think, you know, the whole concept of X-Men is sort of a very mature idea, in terms of super hero comics in general. I think that idea of alienation is a universal thing. And whether it be for religious beliefs, ethnicity, or sexual orientation, I think everybody experiences it somewhat…and can relate.”
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Impressed with the film, cast members shared my sentiments.

“I called Michael,” McAvoy enthused, “and said, ‘Dude, you’re going to be relieved.’ We were worried because these things sometimes are a nightmare to make and it’s well documented. We always thought it could either be really different and really brilliant or really bad and really different.” A beaming Bacon continued with the praise. “I was completely knocked out. I really was and many people that I contacted said to me, ‘I don’t think that I’ve ever heard you react to one of your movies like this.’ It was also super cool for me because there’s so much that I’m not in and didn’t see being shot. So seeing it for the first time, it was jaw dropping.”
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Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy on the skimpy outfits, kitchen capers and ninja training of X-Men: First Class
By David Bentley on Jun 10, 11 10:11 AM

MICHAEL FASSBENDER has revealed he tried not to be too distracted by a scantily-clad January Jones on the set of X-Men: First Class.

The duo - who co-star in Matthew Vaughn's prequel as Magneto and rival Emma Frost - had fight scenes together with the Mad Men actress dressed in figure-hugging clothing.

Michael tried to focus on making sure his co-star felt at ease: "To be honest, you try not to make her feel uncomfortable. It's a difficult scenario for her - she's dressed there in skimpy clothes and obviously there's a plethora of fans out there that get all excited at the prospect of it.

"I'm there working with her as a professional, so it wouldn't do well if I brought that giddiness into the room," he added.

January Jones Emma Frost leather suit X-Men First Class.jpgThe new superhero action-drama is set back in 1962 and has a James Bond vibe, which means many of the women are in revealing outfits just like 007's films from that era.

Jones' character is an associate of the main baddie Sebastian Shaw (played by Kevin Bacon). Emma is a mutant who is not only telepathic but can turn into a diamond form and January got to wear many of her character's signature comic book costumes including white lingerie and skintight leather.

Fassbender added that Jason Flemyng spent hours in the kitchen cooking up a feast for his castmates.

He told Shortlist that although he likes cooking, it was Jason - who plays devilish villain Azazel - who really stood a chance of winning Celebrity MasterChef.

He said: "He's a great chef. He cooked this fantastic pork belly. He slow roasted it for 12 hours. He put it on at like four in the morning for us to eat at four in the afternoon. It was excellent."

The actor went on: "I was supposed to reciprocate but never did."

Meanwhile, James McAvoy has joked about how difficult it was playing a telepathic mutant in the blockbuster.

The Scottish actor portrays the young X-Men leader Professor Charles Xavier and quipped that he felt the need to make his psychic power look more obvious and physical.

"I saw what everybody else was doing and they all got to do really cool ninja stuff, but I don't really get to do anything. So, I thought I had to physicalise my power and came up with the master-stroke of touching my temple."

McAvoy joked: "I went through three months of intensive training. I even hooked up with a couple of temple ninjas who were based out of Dagenham."

X-Men: First Class is now playing in cinemas. The cast also includes Jennifer Lawrence as the young Mystique, Skins actor Nicholas Hoult as Beast, Rose Byrne as Moira MacTaggert, Zoe Kravitz as Angel, Caleb Landry Jones as Banshee, Lucas Till as Havok and Edi Gathegi as Darwin.
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X-Men's new faces take theatre to the big screen
McAvoy and Irishman Michael Fassbender assume the mantles of Professor X and Magneto

Fri, 10 Jun 2011 4:30a.m.

By Kate Rodger

The X-Men comic book franchise has returned to the big screen, and has charged into Kiwi cinemas with X-Men: First Class.

The franchise has already made over $1 billion globally and spawned a successful offshoot in X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

Now the story goes back in time, with a prequel to the original trilogy. Its X-Men, but not as we know it. The main characters are the same, but they're fresh faces. The two lead roles from the original trilogy, played by Patrick Stewart and Sir Ian McKellan, are now filled by younger yet not too dissimilar versions.

“You look at Sir Ian and Sir Patrick and even Hugh Jackman, I was just about to say Sir Hugh, they are all theatre based, trained in classical theatre, and both Michael and I theatre trained and done a helluva lot of theatre, so in a way our root core and genesis is quite similar,” says James McAvoy, who joins the franchise as Charles Xavier, the role previously played by Stewart.

McAvoy and Irishman Michael Fassbender assume the mantles of Professor X and Magneto, in a story which takes fans on the journey of how the two powerful mutants became friends, then sworn enemies. The film is heavy with special effects, many done by Weta Digital, and of course comes complete with a good old fashioned comic-book baddy played by Kevin Bacon.

“You don’t realise the power of the franchise and the feeling of goodwill towards it til you do one. People you don’t expect coming out of the woodwork [saying] ‘I love those X-Men movies’, oh man,” says Bacon.

McAvoy too relished his X-Men opportunity and the lack of training required.

“When I signed up to do the movie they were like ‘let’s get you a personal trainer, producer said James could do with buffing up’ and I'm like ‘I'm a professor man, I've spent all my time in the pub and the library eating picked eggs!’” he says.

McAvoy's already talking about buffing up for a possible prequel sequel, which off the back of good early reviews and promising box office results for First Class may well be imminent.

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January's tricky X-Men fight scenes

Published on Wednesday 8 June 2011 01:04

Michael Fassbender tried not to be too distracted by a skimpily-clad January Jones on the set of X-Men: First Class.

The duo - who co-star in Matthew Vaughn's prequel as Magneto and rival Emma Frost - had fight scenes together with the Mad Men actress dressed in figure-hugging clothing.

Michael tried to focus on making sure his co-star felt at ease: "To be honest, you try not to make her feel uncomfortable. It's a difficult scenario for her - she's dressed there in skimpy clothes and obviously there's a plethora of fans out there that get all excited at the prospect of it.

"I'm there working with her as a professional, so it wouldn't do well if I brought that giddiness into the room," he added.

James McAvoy admitted he, too, tried to focus on the job.

"I had to sort of rugby tackle January Jones's cleavage with Michael!" he joked.

:: X-Men: First Class is in cinemas now.

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Matthew Vaughn Was A Yeller, Already Thinking Sequels & 18 Things Learned About ‘X-Men First Class’

“X” marks the spot! (Sorry, had to go there.) After a long wait, at least quality-wise, the mutants are back and “X-Men: First Class” has arrived and opens in theaters nationwide today. This super hero film also lands with a rather huge sigh of relief to three distinctly different groups of people. 1) The fans: after having to endure two mediocre to abysmal installments of the ‘X-Men’ series (”X-Men: The Last Stand” and “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”), the Matthew Vaughn-directed “X-Men: First Class,” is a nice return to form and almost on-par with Bryan Singer‘s much beloved “X2” (read our positive review) 2) The non-disastrous quality of the film is also a huge sigh of relief to the cast who were expecting something else. ‘First Class’ was shot, edited and finished in a lightning-fast 10-month period and actors have already publicly admitted that the uber-rushed-production of the film made them worry they were putting their efforts into polishing a turd. So a remarkably steady picture—also considering the myriad story threads—is not only a major comfort, it’s a major surprise. 3) The studio: Trying to get their blockbuster brand back to health, 20th Century Fox gambled big time with the rushed schedule of “X-Men: First Class,” but thanks to Vaughn they rolled snake eyes. This should be precipitating whoops and cheers from the execs, frankly.The film wasn’t cheap to make, the actual production was one huge question mark, but now their franchise is back in good standing with critics (and soon to be fans) and sequels will surely be on their way (and yes, everyone in the cast is signed up for a trilogy, as is de rigueur these days). The film’s arrival is good news to everyone.

But it wasn’t at all easy. In fact, maybe one day a “X-Men: First Class” tell-all will come out with all the dirty details. Though one could say half those nasty deets have already hit. “He’s not gentle in the way he directs, to say the least,” Kevin Bacon told the L.A. Times describing of Vaughn’s abrasive style on set. “Matthew would sit by the monitor and shout something that’s borderline insulting. But every time he said something — or screamed something — it was right on the mark.”

Vaughn has admitted that on certain days of shooting, he didn’t even know who his crew was (he apparently had to work with five different directors of photography during the shoot which is highly unusual, and borderline chaos). From everything the candid filmmaker has said so far, it seems like he had to take control by any means necessary and make the film by hook or by crook—in fact he may have borrowed a page from Magneto’s Machiavellian the-end justifies-the-means aphorisms to get the job done. It was the only option available.

Suffice to say there’s lots of good stories about the making of this film. So without further ado, almost 20 nuggets we learned from the cast, crew and writers of “X-Men: First Class.”


Jennifer Lawrence who plays Mystique in the film was initially reluctant to sign up because she didn’t want to be stuck in sequels that would eat up her acting life.
“When you don’t have a script, there’s nothing to really go by,” she said of her initial hesitation. “Then there’s the fact that the ‘X-Men’ movies are so huge and there are sequels, and it’s hard to talk about doing a movie when there are sequels and you haven’t even read the script for the first one. What if I hated it? And then I have to make it three times! So I think the sequels were the biggest issues for me, because I was thinking I have no idea where I’m going to be in my life when these new movies come out; don’t know what kind of things I’m going to be doing. Am I going to regret this decision I made impulsively when I was 20? So I wanted to really think it through. And then, reading the script and — and really picturing James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender and the fact that they were really different — I loved it. I loved where it was coming from, I loved the idea of it, I love the idea of an origin story. So became an easy decision to make.”

As per the aforementioned opening quote, Bacon is frank about Vaughn’s method’s, but he also has a ton of respect for the filmmaker.
The actor said Vaughn was candid and not crass. “He doesn’t do a lot of takes,” he told the LAT. “He does zero in on things. I remember once he yelled, ‘Stop twirling your mustache!’ And it was totally on point. I was starting to get into some kind of idea of villainy and not staying true to who Sebastian was. As an actor, I can appreciate that.”

We’ve already heard of some of Matthew Vaughn’s sequels ideas, some of which may involve JFK’s assassination, some of which could see the films entering the ‘70s or ‘80s. Right now it sounds like the film would need to be a major hit for him to return.
“Yeah, if the film’s a hit, I’d be very interested in doing a sequel,” he told SuperheroHype. “I really, really enjoyed… the team I had on it were great, and the hard thing is creating a new franchise, so if it works, it would be fun. My ideas are much bigger for the next one. I’ve got some really big … I’m surprised everyone is calling this a really big epic movie, and I’m thinking, ‘Wait until you view the next one if you think this is epic, the next one you won’t believe what happens.’”

While Bryan Singer and 20th Century Foxed Picked All The ‘X-Men’ Characters In The Film Before Matthew Vaughn came on board, there was supposed to be one more mutant character.
“In the draft they gave me all the characters were in there. We cut Sunspot, because we didn’t have the time or money,” Vaughn said. “They couldn’t make him work, it was a pain in the arse.”

Michael Fassbender didn’t bother watching the ‘X-Men’ performance of Sir Ian McKellen or any of his other work.
Initially his idea was to reverse engineer the performance and work backwards, but after speaking with his director, they decided to go another way. “When I first found I’d got the job, I thought about studying Ian McKellen and getting my hands on anything I could when he was a young man on screen and studding his physicality and voice,” Fassbender said. Then I sat down with Matthew [Vaughn] and we decided that wasn’t the way he wanted me to go and so I ditched that idea totally and used the comic book source material.”

Always blunt, Vaughn didn’t worry about pleasing the fanboys.
“I didn’t give a s$#!, to be honest,” the director said matter-of-factly.“I got pitched a story by Fox as being set in the Cold War with the backdrop of the Cuban Missile Crisis. [They said] I could go off and make my ‘Bond meets X-Men’ movie, and that’s really all I cared about.”

While the screenwriting credits ultimately went to four people in total—Ashley Miller, Zack Stentz, Jane Goldman and Vaughn (and six people vied for credits)—Vaughn suggest he and his writing partner Goldman are responsible for the script you see on the screen.
These writers have all crossed paths before as well on another superhero film that Vaughn almost directed. “[Miller & Stentz] rewrote the ‘[Thor’] draft that I did with Mark Protosevich, but I thought that draft was better and they shouldn’t have rewritten it, and we rewrote their draft [of ‘X-Men’] and made it a lot better,” Vaughn said. “[We] swapped projects and one was for the best and one wasn’t, so yeah, we did a major page one rewrite and Jane and I had to do it bloody quickly.”

Vaughn was even more forthcoming in an interview that Obsessed with Film was part of. There were other writers who’d established part of the script, right? “Not really, not that the WGA think that, the fuckwits,” he said. “No, but Jane Goldman and I wrote the screenplay, threw everything out and started again. Sheldon Turner managed to get a ‘story by’ credit , he wrote a Magneto script that none of us even read. I didn’t even know that, I mean I was like who the f&#! is this guy? Hollywood’s got its own way with dealing with these things.”

With 5 cinematographers on the film, only one of them got credit—John Matheson. Why?
“Welcome to Hollywood,” Vaughn said. “How come all these people who did f&#! all on the screenplay get these credits? I think John did the most though so that’s why – John Matheson did a great job by the way – 55%? I should know. He came on half way through the shoot. Again it was good for me. Normally I’m far more collaborative with DPs, here I became a bit more of a megalomaniac – as in look someone has to take control, this scene’s about the camera being there now. Normally I’d ask the DP, what do you think etc, so it was good to get out of that zone.”

“X-Men: First Class” is already almost 2 hours and 20 minutes long, but according to co-screenwriter Jane Goldman there’s a lot more that was cut. Maybe the 3-hour version on DVD?
“There’s such a lot that was shot which isn’t in the film, most of which is the absolutely right decisions,” Goldman told Bleeding Cool, noting that a lot of what was cut from the extra character elements that would have likely lent some of the heroes more depth, but would have made the film simply too long and unwieldy.

“The most important thing, and I think the intention always was that the relationship between Charles and Erik to be central,” she said. “I think that as the film evolved it became clear how powerful that was. It was important to not trivialize the differences in their ethics and outlooks by not having it to appear to be about one person. Sometimes things go just because of length, but it was also sometimes in service of actually allowing the Charles and Erik relationship.”

One of the characters who got short thrift was Rose Byrne’s Moira MacTaggert CIA agent and in doing so, the film shifted in its depiction of sexism.
“Moira is a really strong character and her involvement is massively important, but in earlier iterations, before we came along, there was a sort of love triangle thing,” Goldman admitted. “We had already very much drawn back from that but it was ultimately a matter of drawing back from that even further.When you write a screenplay, it’s the combination of things you put in that convey what you want the character to be. When it reaches the editing stage it is no longer in your hands so it’s obviously not going to be exactly the way you planned it. In service of the film, these cuts were the correct decision, but in the service of Moira’s character, it doesn’t give a full picture.”

“I think there’s definitely an element of ‘60s sexism, which is supposed to be not-a-good-thing, running through the movie, though unfortunately sometimes, when a film is edited you end up with a thread seeming that you’re not following all elements of all threads. There was much more of story about Moira being oppressed.”

People like to s$#! on 20th Century Fox, but Vaughn says they were extremely supportive. Also Fox chief Tom Rothman may not be Satan as previously assumed.
“Fox were the best partners you could imagine and I speak my mind, and if they had screwed me around, I would be shouting it from the rooftops right now,” Vaughn said. “It was such a creatively-rewarding experience working with them and they were so supportive of everything. We had nine weeks of post basically to finish this movie from when we finally wrapped and I was like, ‘We’re never going to do this,’ and they just rallied around me, gave me every tool imaginable, and just kept me feeling like we could do it. (Tom) Rothman and Emma Watts were true allies. They gave me brilliant notes and never tried to interfere, just tried to make the film better. I have no idea why Tom has the reputation he has now, because I would let the guy be my ally on any film I made whether he was a head of the studio or not.”

The cast are happy the film is not in 3D
“Well, it’s not in 3-D, that’s a start,” Fassbender told MTV when describing what separates the film from other super hero films coming out this summer. “It’s not in 3-D, thank the heavens,” McAvoy agreed. “I think the X-Men, the X-people, mutants, they use their powers for good, just like a superhero does, but they don’t feel like superheroes. They feel like real people more — maybe that’s the thing that sets it apart.”

Presuming they return screenwriters Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz are also already thinking sequels and characters they’d like to introduce.
“We would like to introduce Cable. He’s such a cool character and we haven’t seen him in any of the films yet,” they told Gigwise of the futuristic character with ties to the “X-Men” past. “Avatar” actor Stephen Lang is apparently already interested in the role and Cable co-creator Rob Liefeld previously issued a plea to 20th Century Fox, singling Lang out as the ideal actor to play the character. “Dear 20th Century Fox, Please sign Steven Lang as Cable and put him in your next X-men film. Thanks, Rob,” he wrote on Twitter.

Jennifer Lawrence sought advice from Rebecca Romijn about the lengthy make-up process.
“Her advice was mostly just kind of, ‘Don’t worry about it. Don’t listen to what they tell you,’” she explained. “Because they tell you not to drink alcohol or eat spicy food, because they remove the make-up with alcohol. And she just said, ‘Don’t listen to that. It will drive you crazy.’ “

Nicolas Hoult can thank the delays on “Mad Max” for getting the Beast role.
“I actually was down in Australia, where we were beginning to work on Mad Max. But that got delayed, so I called my agents and told them, ‘I need a job,’ he told FilmCritic. “They sent me to tape for X-Men. I prepared as best I could, auditioned, and was called in to perform a screen test.”

How did the cast feel about January Jones’ ample bosoms?
“I had to rugby tackle January Jones’ cleavage,” McAvoy said. Ok then.

James McAvoy is looking forward to potential sequels (and going bald when playing Xavier) he just hopes 20th Century Fox and the producers don’t f&#! up the films.
“We can’t start the next movie with him bald. Not only is that easy and cheap, we’d be passing up an opportunity for a cool story point,” he told the LA Times. “I don’t know what it is — we need to come up with something that justifies doing it. Maybe he got some dodgy Australian shampoo….” As for those potentially looming sequels he says, “I just hope that, if it happens, they make it because they found a story they like rather than making it just because there’s more money to be made. I’ve lots of ideas. I know Michael [Fassbender] and I are very much on the same page all the time and we’ll be weighing in to protect that relationship between the two characters. [Their relationship] is much more sophisticated or complex [then the earlier “X-Men” films], at least, and we need to come up with a way to [keep] that moving forward. The next movie, if there is one, shouldn’t just start off with them being pals again, but I think it also shouldn’t be like the first movies only set in the 1960s. If we get another, let’s not just make Magneto the bad guy; of course he’s a bad-ass and of course he has a whole different ethos, but making a movie that is black-and-white is going to lose the [special] thing that we have in this one. McAvoy also thinks Vaughn, who has already been giving away some of his sequel ideas, should save some of them, “at least this movie has come out.”


If case you haven’t noticed, there’s been a lot of gossip surrounding “X-Men: First Class.”
We’ve heard rumors that the hook-ups on the film were like summer camp, but you don’t need to listen to our hearsay. These type of rumblings are all over the web. E!Online started the scurrilous rumors suggesting that Michael Fassbender had impregnated January Jones during the film (she still has yet to say who the father is) and hooked up with Zoe Kravitz. Then rumors started circling that director Matthew Vaughn was the father (he’s currently married to Claudia Schiffer) and his lawyer quickly blasted those claims.

As for those summer camp rumors, well… “We [Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult and Michael Fassbender] were living in London for four months and it was like X-Men summer camp, so we all hung out at each other’s houses after filming, went out to pubs…,” Zoe Kravitz recently said. Her and Fassbender have been spotted together in New York, so it looks like at least two relationships and one baby were made during “X-Men: First Class.” Mazel tov!

“X-Men: First Class” hits theaters this Friday, June 3.

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Matthew Vaughn Was A Yeller, Already Thinking Sequels & 18 Things Learned About ‘X-Men First Class’

“X” marks the spot! (Sorry, had to go there.) After a long wait, at least quality-wise, the mutants are back and “X-Men: First Class” has arrived and opens in theaters nationwide today. This super hero film also lands with a rather huge sigh of relief to three distinctly different groups of people. 1) The fans: after having to endure two mediocre to abysmal installments of the ‘X-Men’ series (”X-Men: The Last Stand” and “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”), the Matthew Vaughn-directed “X-Men: First Class,” is a nice return to form and almost on-par with Bryan Singer‘s much beloved “X2” (read our positive review) 2) The non-disastrous quality of the film is also a huge sigh of relief to the cast who were expecting something else. ‘First Class’ was shot, edited and finished in a lightning-fast 10-month period and actors have already publicly admitted that the uber-rushed-production of the film made them worry they were putting their efforts into polishing a turd. So a remarkably steady picture—also considering the myriad story threads—is not only a major comfort, it’s a major surprise. 3) The studio: Trying to get their blockbuster brand back to health, 20th Century Fox gambled big time with the rushed schedule of “X-Men: First Class,” but thanks to Vaughn they rolled snake eyes. This should be precipitating whoops and cheers from the execs, frankly.The film wasn’t cheap to make, the actual production was one huge question mark, but now their franchise is back in good standing with critics (and soon to be fans) and sequels will surely be on their way (and yes, everyone in the cast is signed up for a trilogy, as is de rigueur these days). The film’s arrival is good news to everyone.

But it wasn’t at all easy. In fact, maybe one day a “X-Men: First Class” tell-all will come out with all the dirty details. Though one could say half those nasty deets have already hit. “He’s not gentle in the way he directs, to say the least,” Kevin Bacon told the L.A. Times describing of Vaughn’s abrasive style on set. “Matthew would sit by the monitor and shout something that’s borderline insulting. But every time he said something — or screamed something — it was right on the mark.”

Vaughn has admitted that on certain days of shooting, he didn’t even know who his crew was (he apparently had to work with five different directors of photography during the shoot which is highly unusual, and borderline chaos). From everything the candid filmmaker has said so far, it seems like he had to take control by any means necessary and make the film by hook or by crook—in fact he may have borrowed a page from Magneto’s Machiavellian the-end justifies-the-means aphorisms to get the job done. It was the only option available.

Suffice to say there’s lots of good stories about the making of this film. So without further ado, almost 20 nuggets we learned from the cast, crew and writers of “X-Men: First Class.”


Jennifer Lawrence who plays Mystique in the film was initially reluctant to sign up because she didn’t want to be stuck in sequels that would eat up her acting life.
“When you don’t have a script, there’s nothing to really go by,” she said of her initial hesitation. “Then there’s the fact that the ‘X-Men’ movies are so huge and there are sequels, and it’s hard to talk about doing a movie when there are sequels and you haven’t even read the script for the first one. What if I hated it? And then I have to make it three times! So I think the sequels were the biggest issues for me, because I was thinking I have no idea where I’m going to be in my life when these new movies come out; don’t know what kind of things I’m going to be doing. Am I going to regret this decision I made impulsively when I was 20? So I wanted to really think it through. And then, reading the script and — and really picturing James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender and the fact that they were really different — I loved it. I loved where it was coming from, I loved the idea of it, I love the idea of an origin story. So became an easy decision to make.”

As per the aforementioned opening quote, Bacon is frank about Vaughn’s method’s, but he also has a ton of respect for the filmmaker.
The actor said Vaughn was candid and not crass. “He doesn’t do a lot of takes,” he told the LAT. “He does zero in on things. I remember once he yelled, ‘Stop twirling your mustache!’ And it was totally on point. I was starting to get into some kind of idea of villainy and not staying true to who Sebastian was. As an actor, I can appreciate that.”

We’ve already heard of some of Matthew Vaughn’s sequels ideas, some of which may involve JFK’s assassination, some of which could see the films entering the ‘70s or ‘80s. Right now it sounds like the film would need to be a major hit for him to return.
“Yeah, if the film’s a hit, I’d be very interested in doing a sequel,” he told SuperheroHype. “I really, really enjoyed… the team I had on it were great, and the hard thing is creating a new franchise, so if it works, it would be fun. My ideas are much bigger for the next one. I’ve got some really big … I’m surprised everyone is calling this a really big epic movie, and I’m thinking, ‘Wait until you view the next one if you think this is epic, the next one you won’t believe what happens.’”

While Bryan Singer and 20th Century Foxed Picked All The ‘X-Men’ Characters In The Film Before Matthew Vaughn came on board, there was supposed to be one more mutant character.
“In the draft they gave me all the characters were in there. We cut Sunspot, because we didn’t have the time or money,” Vaughn said. “They couldn’t make him work, it was a pain in the arse.”

Michael Fassbender didn’t bother watching the ‘X-Men’ performance of Sir Ian McKellen or any of his other work.
Initially his idea was to reverse engineer the performance and work backwards, but after speaking with his director, they decided to go another way. “When I first found I’d got the job, I thought about studying Ian McKellen and getting my hands on anything I could when he was a young man on screen and studding his physicality and voice,” Fassbender said. Then I sat down with Matthew [Vaughn] and we decided that wasn’t the way he wanted me to go and so I ditched that idea totally and used the comic book source material.”

Always blunt, Vaughn didn’t worry about pleasing the fanboys.
“I didn’t give a s$#!, to be honest,” the director said matter-of-factly.“I got pitched a story by Fox as being set in the Cold War with the backdrop of the Cuban Missile Crisis. [They said] I could go off and make my ‘Bond meets X-Men’ movie, and that’s really all I cared about.”

While the screenwriting credits ultimately went to four people in total—Ashley Miller, Zack Stentz, Jane Goldman and Vaughn (and six people vied for credits)—Vaughn suggest he and his writing partner Goldman are responsible for the script you see on the screen.
These writers have all crossed paths before as well on another superhero film that Vaughn almost directed. “[Miller & Stentz] rewrote the ‘[Thor’] draft that I did with Mark Protosevich, but I thought that draft was better and they shouldn’t have rewritten it, and we rewrote their draft [of ‘X-Men’] and made it a lot better,” Vaughn said. “[We] swapped projects and one was for the best and one wasn’t, so yeah, we did a major page one rewrite and Jane and I had to do it bloody quickly.”

Vaughn was even more forthcoming in an interview that Obsessed with Film was part of. There were other writers who’d established part of the script, right? “Not really, not that the WGA think that, the fuckwits,” he said. “No, but Jane Goldman and I wrote the screenplay, threw everything out and started again. Sheldon Turner managed to get a ‘story by’ credit , he wrote a Magneto script that none of us even read. I didn’t even know that, I mean I was like who the f&#! is this guy? Hollywood’s got its own way with dealing with these things.”

With 5 cinematographers on the film, only one of them got credit—John Matheson. Why?
“Welcome to Hollywood,” Vaughn said. “How come all these people who did f&#! all on the screenplay get these credits? I think John did the most though so that’s why – John Matheson did a great job by the way – 55%? I should know. He came on half way through the shoot. Again it was good for me. Normally I’m far more collaborative with DPs, here I became a bit more of a megalomaniac – as in look someone has to take control, this scene’s about the camera being there now. Normally I’d ask the DP, what do you think etc, so it was good to get out of that zone.”

“X-Men: First Class” is already almost 2 hours and 20 minutes long, but according to co-screenwriter Jane Goldman there’s a lot more that was cut. Maybe the 3-hour version on DVD?
“There’s such a lot that was shot which isn’t in the film, most of which is the absolutely right decisions,” Goldman told Bleeding Cool, noting that a lot of what was cut from the extra character elements that would have likely lent some of the heroes more depth, but would have made the film simply too long and unwieldy.

“The most important thing, and I think the intention always was that the relationship between Charles and Erik to be central,” she said. “I think that as the film evolved it became clear how powerful that was. It was important to not trivialize the differences in their ethics and outlooks by not having it to appear to be about one person. Sometimes things go just because of length, but it was also sometimes in service of actually allowing the Charles and Erik relationship.”

One of the characters who got short thrift was Rose Byrne’s Moira MacTaggert CIA agent and in doing so, the film shifted in its depiction of sexism.
“Moira is a really strong character and her involvement is massively important, but in earlier iterations, before we came along, there was a sort of love triangle thing,” Goldman admitted. “We had already very much drawn back from that but it was ultimately a matter of drawing back from that even further.When you write a screenplay, it’s the combination of things you put in that convey what you want the character to be. When it reaches the editing stage it is no longer in your hands so it’s obviously not going to be exactly the way you planned it. In service of the film, these cuts were the correct decision, but in the service of Moira’s character, it doesn’t give a full picture.”

“I think there’s definitely an element of ‘60s sexism, which is supposed to be not-a-good-thing, running through the movie, though unfortunately sometimes, when a film is edited you end up with a thread seeming that you’re not following all elements of all threads. There was much more of story about Moira being oppressed.”

People like to s$#! on 20th Century Fox, but Vaughn says they were extremely supportive. Also Fox chief Tom Rothman may not be Satan as previously assumed.
“Fox were the best partners you could imagine and I speak my mind, and if they had screwed me around, I would be shouting it from the rooftops right now,” Vaughn said. “It was such a creatively-rewarding experience working with them and they were so supportive of everything. We had nine weeks of post basically to finish this movie from when we finally wrapped and I was like, ‘We’re never going to do this,’ and they just rallied around me, gave me every tool imaginable, and just kept me feeling like we could do it. (Tom) Rothman and Emma Watts were true allies. They gave me brilliant notes and never tried to interfere, just tried to make the film better. I have no idea why Tom has the reputation he has now, because I would let the guy be my ally on any film I made whether he was a head of the studio or not.”

The cast are happy the film is not in 3D
“Well, it’s not in 3-D, that’s a start,” Fassbender told MTV when describing what separates the film from other super hero films coming out this summer. “It’s not in 3-D, thank the heavens,” McAvoy agreed. “I think the X-Men, the X-people, mutants, they use their powers for good, just like a superhero does, but they don’t feel like superheroes. They feel like real people more — maybe that’s the thing that sets it apart.”

Presuming they return screenwriters Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz are also already thinking sequels and characters they’d like to introduce.
“We would like to introduce Cable. He’s such a cool character and we haven’t seen him in any of the films yet,” they told Gigwise of the futuristic character with ties to the “X-Men” past. “Avatar” actor Stephen Lang is apparently already interested in the role and Cable co-creator Rob Liefeld previously issued a plea to 20th Century Fox, singling Lang out as the ideal actor to play the character. “Dear 20th Century Fox, Please sign Steven Lang as Cable and put him in your next X-men film. Thanks, Rob,” he wrote on Twitter.

Jennifer Lawrence sought advice from Rebecca Romijn about the lengthy make-up process.
“Her advice was mostly just kind of, ‘Don’t worry about it. Don’t listen to what they tell you,’” she explained. “Because they tell you not to drink alcohol or eat spicy food, because they remove the make-up with alcohol. And she just said, ‘Don’t listen to that. It will drive you crazy.’ “

Nicolas Hoult can thank the delays on “Mad Max” for getting the Beast role.
“I actually was down in Australia, where we were beginning to work on Mad Max. But that got delayed, so I called my agents and told them, ‘I need a job,’ he told FilmCritic. “They sent me to tape for X-Men. I prepared as best I could, auditioned, and was called in to perform a screen test.”

How did the cast feel about January Jones’ ample bosoms?
“I had to rugby tackle January Jones’ cleavage,” McAvoy said. Ok then.

James McAvoy is looking forward to potential sequels (and going bald when playing Xavier) he just hopes 20th Century Fox and the producers don’t f&#! up the films.
“We can’t start the next movie with him bald. Not only is that easy and cheap, we’d be passing up an opportunity for a cool story point,” he told the LA Times. “I don’t know what it is — we need to come up with something that justifies doing it. Maybe he got some dodgy Australian shampoo….” As for those potentially looming sequels he says, “I just hope that, if it happens, they make it because they found a story they like rather than making it just because there’s more money to be made. I’ve lots of ideas. I know Michael [Fassbender] and I are very much on the same page all the time and we’ll be weighing in to protect that relationship between the two characters. [Their relationship] is much more sophisticated or complex [then the earlier “X-Men” films], at least, and we need to come up with a way to [keep] that moving forward. The next movie, if there is one, shouldn’t just start off with them being pals again, but I think it also shouldn’t be like the first movies only set in the 1960s. If we get another, let’s not just make Magneto the bad guy; of course he’s a bad-ass and of course he has a whole different ethos, but making a movie that is black-and-white is going to lose the [special] thing that we have in this one. McAvoy also thinks Vaughn, who has already been giving away some of his sequel ideas, should save some of them, “at least this movie has come out.”


If case you haven’t noticed, there’s been a lot of gossip surrounding “X-Men: First Class.”
We’ve heard rumors that the hook-ups on the film were like summer camp, but you don’t need to listen to our hearsay. These type of rumblings are all over the web. E!Online started the scurrilous rumors suggesting that Michael Fassbender had impregnated January Jones during the film (she still has yet to say who the father is) and hooked up with Zoe Kravitz. Then rumors started circling that director Matthew Vaughn was the father (he’s currently married to Claudia Schiffer) and his lawyer quickly blasted those claims.

As for those summer camp rumors, well… “We [Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult and Michael Fassbender] were living in London for four months and it was like X-Men summer camp, so we all hung out at each other’s houses after filming, went out to pubs…,” Zoe Kravitz recently said. Her and Fassbender have been spotted together in New York, so it looks like at least two relationships and one baby were made during “X-Men: First Class.” Mazel tov!

“X-Men: First Class” hits theaters this Friday, June 3.

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06.03.2011 6:53 AM EDT

'X-Men: First Class': Meet The Mutants

James McAvoy, Kevin Bacon and more of the film's stars lead us through this new batch of X-Men.

by Terri Schwartz, with reporting by Eric Ditzian

James McAvoy in "X-Men: First Class" (Photo: 20th Century Fox )

With "X-Men: First Class" being the fourth "X-Men" film released this decade, you might think you know a thing or two about our favorite friendly (and not-so-friendly) neighborhood mutants, but the latest installment of the franchise, out Friday (June 3), is here to prove you wrong.

MTV News caught up with the stars of the summer blockbuster recently, and they were more than willing to clear up any preconceived notions we might have had about their characters.

"Professor Charles Xavier, when we meet him, is actually Dr. Charles Xavier, but he becomes a professor during the course of the movie," James McAvoy clarified. "His power is he can read, bend and manipulate your mind, and his relationship with Erik [a.k.a. Magneto] is probably the closest relationship he's ever had."

"Erik Lehnsherr-slash-Magneto, he is ruthless, intelligent, charming and adaptable," Michael Fassbender teased.

Jennifer Lawrence explained how her character, Raven Darkholme/ Mystique, is connected to the two main men. "Magneto to her is kind of this iconic man that's kind of the crush that she's always had and she admires him very much. And Charles [Xavier] has always been like a brother to her," Lawrence said.

There are quite a few new characters to add to the mix as well, most notably Kevin Bacon as bad guy Sebastian Shaw, the head of the Hellfire Club.

"My power is to be able to absorb energy and harness it and throw it back at whoever is trying to use that energy against me," Bacon explained to MTV.

Then there's Emma Frost, played by January Jones, who is Shaw's right-hand woman. "Her powers are twofold," Jones explained. "She has the mental capacity to read minds or control them, and then also, physically, she can change into a diamond form, which makes her physically indestructible."

Some other new characters are Zoe Kravitz's Angel Salvadore, a go-go dancer who is able to sprout wings, and Lucas Till's Havoc, a liability who has no control over the beams he can sprout from his body.

You can bet there are plenty more mutants that join the first class, but you'll have to meet them on your own in theaters now.
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Talking Fandom, Villains And The Relief Of A Good Movie With The X-Men: First Class Cast
2011-06-02 16:48:54 Author: Katey Rich

Most press conferences aren't any fun, especially when large casts are assembled before a room of reporters like a line of cows in front of a tank of piranhas. But most press conferences also don't feature a group of actors just getting wind that their movie is really good, a movie that was made in a hurry and and with an incomplete script, a production so rushed that at least one of the actors had no problem admitting it to the press. But by the time a portion of the X-Men: First Class cast gathered in New York last week, word was already out that the movie was worthwhile, and there was a jovial atmosphere in the air that you can't fake.

Below are some highlights from the brief conference, which included the following: Lucas Till (Havoc), Zoe Kravitz (Angel), Kevin Bacon (Sebastian Shaw), Michael Fassbender (Erik Lensherr/Magneto), James McAvoy (Charles Xavier/Professor X), January Jones (Emma Frost) and Rose Byrne (Moira McTaggart). Fassbender and McAvoy did most of the talking, as you might expect from the two leaders of all the mutants (well, at least they play them in the movie). You can read my rave review if you want even more on the film; X-Men: First Class opens everywhere this Friday.

Things kicked off with a question about the two actors to previously play Magneto and Professor Xavier, Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart, and of course Fassbender and McAvoy were both eager to play lip service to the titans who preceded them. What's surprising, though, is that both had considered mimicking the older actors in their performances-- for about two minutes.
Fassbender: Obviously Sir Ian McKellen has done such a great job, and I was aware that fans of the X-Men comic book were very pleased with what he did. Initially I thought to myself, should I study a young Ian McKellen, study his voice and physicality. So I talked to Matthew about it, the first day or second day, and he wasn't so keen on the idea. He wanted me to use my own voice and take it from there. We wiped the slate clean of that idea and I really delved into the comic books.
McAvoy:We talked for a brief couple of minutes in rehearsal about mimicking the voices and all that, and we had a good laugh about that, but it didn't stay too long. I looked really closely at Sir Patrick's performance, which I really enjoyed, but to validate just making these movies you have to make the characters different, otherwise it's just the same performances with sexy suits. I tried to take the key points of his character and flip them. He's a good guy, I couldn't make him a bad guy, but where he was wise I was unwise, where he was chaste I was randy, and so on.


But the pressure to perform with this film doesn't just come from fans of the previous three films-- ther'es obviously a legion of comic book fans out there who are very opinionated, and one of them is actually in the cast. Lucas Till plays Havoc and apparently already knew what he wanted to see in a new X-Men story.
Till: I was a big fan of the animated series, because that's what I grew up with. I like this movie because it showed me something I always wanted to see, which is Xavier and Magneto coming together as friends at the beginning. I wanted to see that history there, and that was cool for me. Also this new generation of new characters that they brought, which is something I want to see, I wanted to see new. I haven't seen the movie yet guys, but I think it's pretty good, right?
McAvoy: Bang on, bang on. That's the party line.

As for the fans who weren't part of the cast-- Kevin Bacon, playing the villainous Sebastian Shaw, seemed to be mostly worried about them, while Fassbender kind of got where they're coming from.
Bacon: The only thing I am maybe a little concerned about is that I don’t look anything like the comic book character. He is like a gigantic muscle bound guy with a pony tail and he dresses like George Washington. He has britches and all of this kind of stuff. When I saw it I thought, “Okay. I am kind of a weird choice to embody him.” Obviously, Matthew was going in a different direction. That being said, it was from the comic books. As Michael mentioned earlier, most of the research came…all of a sudden you realize people have been writing…one of the things that are great about comic books is that they really are into talking about backstory. I would learn all this stuff about him like where he grew up, his relationship to his father, his relationship to his wife who died and was killed. It was all of this kind of stuff. It was all extremely helpful to me in terms of creating the character. So I hope that I was true to the essence of him even though I don’t look like him.

Fassbender: Since getting the job and speaking with various people, [fans] are everywhere. The waiter is like, “I’m a X-Men fan. You better not mess it up.” or whatever. I think the themes involved are so universal that they are X-Men and mutants everywhere and amongst us. That I found really surprising actually. To realize just how widespread that audience was. I think the whole concept of X-Men is a very mature idea, in terms of, I suppose superhero comics in general there's an alter ego that makes up for the geek inside. But that idea of alienation is a universal thing. Whether it be for religious beliefs, ethnicity, sexual orientation, everybody experiences it even on a smaller scale, when you go to secondary school and want to be accepted. Obviously it touches on a nerve that everyone can relate to.

One of the best questions asked at the press conference was about each actor's reaction to being cast in the film. Bacon had the best answer by far, but all of them had interesting responses.
Rose Byrne: I was nervous! It was so last minute, and it had all begun, but I was very excited to work with the cast.
January Jones: I was a bit nervous, to be honest. It's a big responsibility to take on a character that's so beloved by the fans, and I wanted to do a good job. It happened very quickly for me as well, and I was just a bit nervous, physically how it would come to play that I, in a day, would look amazing. That didn't really work out.
McAvoy: I was a little bit surprised. I didn't see myself as the archetypal Sir Patrick Stewart, bald, Jean Luc Picard professor of the Starship Enterprise. That was quite difficult to get my head around. I read the script, or the first 40 pages that existed at the time, and I realized we could take the character in a whole different direction.Have a lot more fun with him, make him a little bit more silly, a little bit more drunk, a little bit more randy. And that was good fun.
Fassbender: I was intrigued.
Bacon: I don't know if this says something about my self-esteem, but the first thing I thought when they said they're offering you X-Men was "Who fell out?"
Zoe Kravitz: I was f#%@#&! excited.
Till: I guess in a few words, "Holy s$#!!" Awesome. That was actually my reaction.



Fassbender and Bacon both went in-depth discussing the villainous motives of their characters, and how this is the first X-Men movie in which you walk out thinking Magneto might actually have a point.
Fassbender: Nowadays, especially in big commercial films it's much easier for the audience, and they tend to get spoonfed. It's much more interesting to me, people leave the theater and they start asking themselves questions and find their own moral compass about what these characters have been doing. In terms of justification for what he does, I could see where the motivation was, and where the motivation came from. For me, Erik is a Machiavellian character-- the end justifies the means. That really sums him up best in one line.
Bacon: People ask what's it like playing the villain, playing the bad guy. If I'm really in the skin of who I'm playing, I don't think of myself as a bad guy, I don't think of myself as a good guy. Obviously, my perception of the world is one where humans are a threat to our survival. As Michael said, the ends can justify the means. The ways he goes about it, and the misguided nature of it, and the power-hungry egomaniacal aspect of it is there, but he's not thinking, "I'm going to do something evil now."
Fassbender: That was really evil! I just upped my evilness! [Magneto's] actions are one thing, but his philosophy stands true. Everything he says comes to fruition. This idea of the human race. As we all know, history teaches us that we are an incredibly destructive race and the fact that whenever a fear element comes into something that is unknown or different we tend to destroy it. So all of those discussions that Charles and Erik have, in the end, the human beings prove Erik right.


And finally, only a few of the actors had actually seen the film before the press conference, but not only did they proclaim how much they loved it, but they freely admitted they weren't necessarily expecting it to turn out so well.
McAvoy: I phoned Michael within half an hour to just go, “Dude, you just have to just see it quick because you are going to be relieved. You’re going to be able to go to the toilet again.” [laughter] We were worried because sometimes these things are a nightmare when you make it. It’s well documented that it was and there is no point in hiding it. It has turned out really good. We always thought that it could be really different and really brilliant or really bad and different.

Bacon: I was completely knocked out. I really was. Many people that I contacted said to me, “You know, I don’t think I’ve ever heard you react to one of your movies like that.” It was also super cool for me because there is so much that I am not in and that I wasn’t really seeing or being shot in that I didn’t know. Even though we had seen some of the mock ups of the effects, they are jaw dropping. They are so well done. Even scenes that we are in, we don’t know how exactly that is going to pan out. For instance, I had no idea what my own power was going to look like. It was really great. I was thrilled.
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McAvoy, Fassbender and Bacon Talk X-Men: First Class
by Edward Douglas
Jun 2nd, 2011

Director Matthew Vaughn's X-Men: First Class opens in North America tomorrow, but last week, ComingSoon.net/SuperHeroHype attended the New York press conference with a good chunk of his cast. While we're not normally fans of the press conference format, this was a fun one, as the cast was not taking it too seriously. When they weren't cracking jokes, often at each other's expense, and January Jones wasn't being asked about her pregnancy, they did answer a couple of questions about the movie. We're going to focus on Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy and Kevin Bacon who play Erik Lehnsherr (Magneto), Professor Charles Xavier and Sebastian Shaw, respectively.

The first question asked was whether Fassbender and McAvoy had looked towards their older peers Sirs Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart before taking on the roles of Erik and Charles.

"Obviously, Sir Ian McKellen had done such a great job and I was aware the fans of the X-Men comic books were very pleased with what he did," Fassbender responded. "Initially, I thought to myself, ‘Should I study a young Ian McKellen, study his voice and his physicality?' so I spoke to Matthew about it, I think it was in our first or second meeting, and he wasn't so keen on the idea. He wanted me to use my own voice and take it from there, so we just wiped the slate clean. I just really delved into the comic books. There was so much material there that I was spoiled in terms of biography and putting together a complicated well-rounded character."

"I felt in a lot of ways the same," McAvoy chimed in. "We talked for a brief couple minutes in rehearsal about mimicking the voices and all that kind of stuff, and we had a good laugh at that, but it didn't stay an option for too long. I've looked very closely at Sir Patrick's performance which I really enjoyed, but I felt just to validate making these movies, you have to make the characters different or otherwise, they're just the same performances with a sexy suit. I tried to take the key points of his character, not extremely. He's a good guy, so I couldn't make him a bad guy, but where he's sort of wise, I was unwise and where he's chaste, I was randy."

Someone at the press conference asked the actors about the presence and popularity of the X-Men comics in their respective countries and whether they knew about them as kids.

"I certainly didn't but since having gotten the job and speaking to various people, they're everywhere," Fassbender admitted. "The waiter's like ‘I'm an X-men fan, you better not mess it up.' I think the themes involved are so universal that there are mutants among us everywhere, so I think that I found was really surprising just to realize how widespread that audience was."

"I was aware of the cartoon. I was about 10, 11 or 12 years old and my friend and I used to watch the cartoon all the time, so I was aware of that but never the comics," McAvoy said. "Comics weren't really a big deal where I grew up."

Fassbender also talked about why he thought the franchise was so successful at the box office. "I think the whole concept of the X-Men is a mature idea. As opposed to superhero comics in general, there is a sort of alter ego that makes up for the geek inside. I think that idea of alienation is a universal thing, whether it be for religious beliefs, ethnicity, or sexual orientation. I think everybody experiences it somewhat on a smaller scale when you are going to secondary school and you want to be accepted. So I think it obviously touches on a nerve that people can relate to."

McAvoy talked about how the two of them built the chemistry between their characters. "We did get on very well, which is good. One of the things about the X-Men movies is that there is always 5,000 characters that you have to get to in 2 hours. It can be a real task. I think Matthew did a good job of telling everybody's story well. Part of that is that there is a rapport among everyone and that connection and that chemistry somehow translates on screen as well."

"And the support I think," Fassbender agreed. "It was tough. We were under pressure and there wasn't a lot of time to prepare things. We kind of did have to dive into things immediately. I have to say that I was really impressed by the younger cast who were coming into something that is so high profile. They are starting off with maybe not that many films under their belt, but they have a real sort of openness and a lack of an attitude or a security that can lead to bad behavior or what ever else. There was a superb talent at the base of it, but there was a real openness. I have to say that I was very impressed by that."

When asked about the grey area between having Magneto starting out as a killer and then turning into a hero, Fassbender commented, "I think personally as an audience member and as an actor, I much prefer to find the ambiguity and that grey area, and I think nowadays, especially in the big sort of commercial films, it's much too easy for the audience and they tend to get spoon-fed, so it's much more interesting for me if people leave the theater and they start asking themselves questions and they have to find their own moral compass about what these characters have been doing. In terms of the justification for what he does, I could see where the motivation was and where the motivation came from. I've always said that for me, Magneto or Erik is a Machiavellian character, the end justifies the means, and that really kind of sums him up best in one line."

Bacon had his own two cents on the idea of playing a villain in the movie. "I think it's also important to remember that a lot of people say to me, ‘So what's it like playing the villain, playing an evil guy, playing the bad guy.' I don't think that what I'm doing is bad, right, so if I'm really in the skin of the person, I don't think of myself as a bad guy. I think of myself as a good guy. Obviously, my perception of the world is one where humans are a threat to our survival, and that as Mike said, the end has to justify the means. The ways he goes about it and the misguided nature of it, and the power-hungry megalomaniacal aspect of him is there, but he's not thinking, ‘I'm going to do something evil now.'"

Fassbender mused a bit more about his character's motivations. "His actions are one thing, but his philosophy stands true. Everything he says comes to fruition. This idea of the human race. As we all know, history teaches us that we are an incredibly destructive race and the fact that whenever a fear element comes into something that is unknown or different we tend to destroy it. So all of those discussions that Charles and Erik have, in the end, the human beings prove Erik right.

"I think the other things we realized in the other X-Men movies is that quite often the forces of humanity are lead by Machiavellian humans also," McAvoy added. "In this movie, I feel like the humans decide to take out all of the mutants because they are scared. It is a very human reaction, which makes them less of a bad guy, but it also makes you go, 'Well, he is right because they aren't even trying to be bad guys and they are still going to wipe us out.' They are just reacting. It makes it more real I think."

When asked about their favorite scene to shoot, McAvoy said, "I enjoyed Cerebro, that thing that's always in the X-Men movies, it's kind of like the Death Star of the X-Men, and our version of Cerebro in this movie, whereas in the other movies, it's all very sleek and shiny and it looks like you got it at Ikea, this one it looks like it has lollipops sticking out of it. One of the good things about the film is that the design is kind of kitch."

"There's a naivety to it as well," Fassbender agreed.

"But I don't think we ever felt like we had to play it up that much," McAvoy added.

"I think that one of the things that Matthew screamed at me from the monitors one day was that I was going a little too ‘60s," Bacon admitted. "It's interesting because you kind of go, ‘What kind of direction is that? How do I handle that?' but in fact, he was right, and it made a lot of sense to me and I sort of got it. Like I said, I was starting to play some kind of idea rather than just sort of being there and living it."

Despite the hectic shoot, McAvoy was thrilled with how it turned out. "I phoned Michael within half an hour to just go, ‘Dude, you just have to just see it quick because you are going to be relieved. You're going to be able to go to the toilet again." We were worried because sometimes these things are a nightmare when you make it. It's well-documented that it was and there is no point in hiding it. It has turned out really good. We always thought that it could be really different and really brilliant or really bad and different."

Bacon was also impressed with the final film. "I was completely knocked out. I really was. Many people that I contacted said to me, "You know, I don't think I've ever heard you react to one of your movies like that." It was also super cool for me because there is so much that I am not in and that I wasn't really seeing or being shot in that I didn't know. I didn't know the relationships between all of these guys and I didn't see all of the sets that they were on. So a lot of this stuff I was seeing for the first time. Even though we had seen some of the mock ups of the effects, they are jaw dropping. They are so well done. Even scenes that we are in, we don't know how exactly that is going to pan out. For instance, I had no idea what my own power was going to look like. It was really great. I was thrilled."

And might we see Fassbender return as Magneto sometime in the future? "They never want to pass up a chance to make money, so if we make money on this one, I'm sure we will be back next summer," the actor laughed.

X-Men: First Class opens everywhere on June 3. You can read our exclusive interview with director Matthew Vaughn here.
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Michael Fassbender Talks Playing James Bond After Daniel Craig

One of the more entertaining aspects of X-Men: First Class is its obvious 1960s-era James Bond influence. Michael Fassbender’s Magneto, a Holocaust survivor on a quest for personal revenge, is heavily reminiscent of Sean Connery’s cool, charming-but-deadly version of Bond.

Recently, First Class director Matthew Vaughn offered up Michael Fassbender as a potential candidate for 007. So at the X-Men: First Class press conference today in New York, we asked Fassbender how he felt about the idea.

Check out what the esteemed actor (and fast-rising star) had to say below:

Screen Rant: There’s a lot of Sean Connery-style James Bond stuff going on in First Class and you seem very at home in that role. Once Daniel Craig’s tenure as Bond is over, would you be interested in taking over for him?

Lucas Till (the actor who plays Havoc): Yes, he would!

(Laughter from the cast)

Michael Fassbender: You know … I don’t know. I really don’t plan anything ever because it never seems to work. I’m just [like] – let’s just get this film out and see how this one does. And I’m sort of in the middle of doing [Ridley Scott’s Prometheus]. And, you know, Daniel [Craig] is doing a great job. We’ll see what happens. I’m very flattered that people are sort of making that link, but – I don’t know. We’ll see.

Despite Michael Fassbender’s reluctance to talk about playing Bond, his cast members – particularly Till – seemed incredibly keen on the idea. It’s worth noting that if Fassbender was absolutely not keen on the idea, he probably would have said so. Take that how you will.

Indeed, his combined work in both Inglourious Basterds and X-Men: First Class have established that Fassbender would be more than capable of following in the footsteps of Daniel Craig — not to mention Timothy Dalton, Roger Moore, George Lazenby, and even Sean Connery. Fassbender’s cool, he’s charming, and he can stay likable while ruthlessly assassinating bad guys in cold blood. Not many actors can pull that off.

Fassbender as Magneto in 'X-Men: First Class'

Courtesy of Bleeding Cool, here’s the Matthew Vaughn quote where he talks all things Bond, including the possibility of Fassbender playing 007:

“I was very keen to direct Bond. I don’t know if I am any more, to be blunt, now that I’ve done this. I really love Daniel [Craig], though, you know, it might be interesting if they one day decide to cast Fassbender as Bond, then maybe I’ll go ‘Hey!’”

That would be very interesting, indeed. Vaughn would probably have enough time to film a First Class sequel (Second Class? First Class: Semester 2?) before Bond 24 would even go into pre-production.

What are your thoughts? Would you like to see Michael Fassbender take over for Daniel Craig after he’s done with the Bond franchise, or do you have someone else in mind? Let us know in the comments.

X-Men: First Class hits theaters June 3rd, 2011. James Bond 23, directed by Sam Mendes and starring Daniel Craig, hits theaters November 9th, 2012.

SIDE NOTE: Be sure to stay tuned for more of our interviews with the cast of X-Men: First Class.
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‘X-Men’ Begin Again: James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender Fill Some Big Shoes

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As “X-Men: First Class” rolls into theaters with a white-hot critical buzz and a built-in fan base of Marvel Comics readers, the two leading men in the rebooted movie franchise admit they were a bit intimidated by their predecessors.

James McAvoy takes on the role of the young Charles Xavier, the character that Patrick Stewart played in “X-Men,” “X2″ and “X-Men: The last Stand,” while Michael Fassbender plays Erik Lehnsherr (aka Magneto), the part Ian McKellen assayed in those same three films. Telling the origin story of the two mutants is a main plot element of “X-Men: First Class,” so that meant that the new actors had to decide how to create characters in keeping with those earlier movies.

“Sir Ian McKellen had done such a great job,” Fassbender admitted at a press conference for the new movie, “and I was aware that the fans of the ‘X-Men’ comic books were very pleased with what he did. So initially I thought to myself, ‘Okay, should I study a young Ian McKellen? Study his voice and his physicality?’”

But his boss soon threw out that idea. “X-Men: First Class” director Matthew Vaughn had other plans.

“Matthew wasn’t so keen on that idea. he wanted me to use my own voice and sort of take it from there. So we just wiped the slate clean of that idea. So I just really delved into the comic books. there was so much material there that I was spoiled in terms of biography and putting together a really sort of complicated, well-rounded character.”

For James McAvoy, choosing how to play Professor Xavier was even tougher, considering how distinctive a voice Patrick Stewart has.

“I didn’t see myself as the archetypal Patrick Stewart!” the Scottish actor said with a laugh.

“We talked for a brief couple of minutes in rehearsal about my mimicking his voice. and we had a good laugh at that. But it didn’t stay an option for too long. I looked really closely to Patrick’s performance, which I really enjoyed. But I felt, just to validate making these movies, that you have to make the characters different, otherwise they’re just the same performances with sexy suits.”

Speaking of sexy suits, both McAvoy and Fassbender fill out the new generation’s X-Men uniforms nicely and both are planning to suit up again soon.

“If we make money on this one, I’m sure we’ll all be back . . . next summer!” McAvoy chuckled.
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Stars of X-Men First Class Describe Roles as Real People

By Sarah Glassman | Entertainment

This summer time is really a time for superheroes to come out of their shell in the box office. However, we shall not confine ourselves to one and also the same super hero movies because not every one is alike. X-Men: First Class stars actors James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender and they discuss why their movie characters are not the same as others besides the truth that it’s not in three dimension.

McAvoy stated the figures within the movie, the X-Men and other mutants have different forces plus they utilize it permanently however, they don’t act in superhero manner.

They both agree that their characters “seem like real people more”, as compared to the stereotyped cape and tights cool dudes we are used to see onscreen.

The film also highlights the idea of alienation. It makes people unaccepted in society.

“They find it difficult to be recognized and to locate a spot for them in society. I believe that’s a universal theme. The reason why people around the globe see them as intriguing,” Fassbender added.

Additionally they experienced Mission Impossible. If Bond inspired the film, how will it be particularly portrayed? The answer, most likely be Magneto.

Fassbender first viewed it as a chance to perform a really elaborate Mission Impossible audition. This, he amusingly stated.

Kidding aside, Fassbender stated that although director Matthew Vaughn made Bond like a reference, this didn’t hamper Fassbender’s portrayal.

Fassbender focused on that which was written initially within the comics.

“The biography which can be obtained in the comics had been so dense which he thought was spoiled for an option that he needed to disappear and just create this kind of Machiavellian character.”

X-men: First Class plots the epic start of the whole X-Men saga. It discloses the mystery and good reputation for the series which conquered the planet.
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