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Post by Admin on Mon Oct 25, 2010 10:34 pm

http://splashpage.mtv.com/2010/10/25/x-men-first-class-jennifer-lawrence-mystique/

'X-Men First Class' Actress Jennifer Lawrence Describes Mystique Transformation

Posted 4 hrs ago by Josh Wigler

Although "X-Men: First Class" features a wealth of mutants that have yet to be seen in previous "X-Men" films, there are still some old favorites standing in the spotlight, including Professor Charles Xavier and his friend-turned-foe Magneto.

There's also a young version of Raven Darkholme, the blue-skinned shape-shifter better known as Mystique — but when "First Class" hits theaters, fans may not immediately recognize the mutant menace.

"Winter's Bone" actress Jennifer Lawrence stars in "First Class" as the young Mystique, succeeding Rebecca Romijn in the role. Lawrence spoke about the part with Hollywood Elsewhere, revealing that she'll only sport Mystique's trademark blue skin for roughly 10% of the film.

The actress added that it takes six hours to transform herself into the physically jarring Mystique, a process that she refers to as "Mystink." Already a top secret component of the film, Lawrence's Mystique makeup will remain under wraps until "just before the film's release," she said.

Currently shooting in England, director Matthew Vaughn's "X-Men: First Class" stars James McAvoy as Charles Xavier and Michael Fassbender as Magneto as young allies in the time before they became bitter old rivals. Lawrence co-stars alongside Rose Byrne as Moira MacTaggert, January Jones as Emma Frost, Nicholas Hoult as Beast, Caleb Landry Jones as Sean "Banshee" Cassidy, Oliver Platt as the Man in Black and Kevin Bacon as the film's antagonist.

Are you disappointed that we'll only see Lawrence in Mystique mode 10% of the time? Tell us what you think in the comments section and on Twitter!
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Kevin Bacon Playing A Sedentary Villain In 'X-Men: First Class'?
The actor is leaving the physical stuff to younger cast members...

By Cher Tippetts on Monday 20th December 2010


Kevin Bacon claims he hasn’t seen much action in his first action role as X-Men: First Class villain Sebastian Shaw.

According to the actor, his character’s ability to absorb kinetic energy and transform it into raw strength works perfectly well from a seated position.

When asked about the physically demanding aspects of the role, Bacon told Philadelphia Style: "I'll let the younger actors do that. I'm more one of those sit-in-my-chair-and-destroy-the-world type of guys."

After filming in England, shooting on the superhero movie has moved to South Carolina.

James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender lead an ensemble cast under the direction of Matthew Vaughn.

X-Men: First Class is released April 1.

X-Men: First Class cast and characters
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Tuesday, January 4, 2011
January Jones copes with sexed-up, ‘insane’ costumes

When January Jones was initially cast as mutant telepath Emma Frost in “X-Men: First Class,” she was eager to for the chance to break out of the retro 1960s world of Betty Draper, her character on “Mad Men.” Imagine the actress’ surprise when she learned that prim Betty and the vixen Emma could be partners in time.

“When I heard that this installment of ‘X-Men’ was gonna take place in the ’60s I was like, ‘Oh my God, you must be kidding me!’” Jones said. “But I read the script and familiarized myself with the character of Emma Frost. She’s so, so far from Betty and from ‘Mad Men,’ and it takes place in that time but it doesn’t feel like a period movie.”

"The costumes are insane,” Jones said. “It’s a lot of very body-conscious stuff. If you look at the comic book, she’s barely dressed. She’s got quite the bod, which is very intimidating.”

Jones, who said she is encouraged to avoid the gym while shooting “Mad Men” to maintain a body typical of the period, flew to London to start shooting “X-Men: First Class” the day after her show wrapped.

“I’m thinking, ‘I’m supposed to be doing crunches on the plane,’” she said. “How am I gonna get buff in one day? I’m a petite person, so I didn’t want to go into a strict workout and eating regime. I would have disappeared entirely, and she’s very busty, very voluptuous, so I didn’t want to get rid of any of my curves.” The workout-averse Jones lifted some weights for the role, but otherwise struck flattering poses and hoped for the best. She did have some advantages over the other actors when it came to costumes. “I don’t have to do all the crazy prosthetics,” Jones said. “When I morph into my diamond form, it’s all done on computer.”

“Emma was a bespectacled, mousy child who had this power when she was young that she couldn’t quite harness, the telepathy, the mind-twisting stuff,” Jones said. “She had a falling out with her father and went her own direction.”

It wasn’t just learning Emma’s back-story that was important to Jones, but being able to reach hard-core fans. “Fans of the X-Men comics have a very set idea of these characters in their heads,” Jones said. “I wanted to know as much as I could about her so I wasn’t disappointing anyone. I’m sure I will still disappoint someone.”

The film, which opens in June, has about a month of shooting left. For Jones, it’s a welcome chance to branch out from 1960s housewife to 1960s bad girl. “I’m riding around in helicopters, I’m in a boat one day, I’m in all these fight sequences, we’re all over the English countryside,” she said. “I feel like I’m a kid playing mutant.”
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Jennifer Lawrence Talks 'X-Men: First Class' Sequels And Body Paint

Posted 10 hrs ago by Josh Wigler in Marvel, News

It won't take long for Jennifer Lawrence to become a household name. The 20-year-old actress turned in one of the most touching and surprising performances of 2010 as Ree Dolly in "Winter's Bone," a role she's receiving a lot of deserved attention and Oscar buzz for.

But it's her newest part in 2011 that's of particular interest to Splash Page readers. Lawrence joined the cast of "X-Men: First Class" last year as Raven Darkholme, the shape-shifting mutant better known as Mystique.

"It's a prequel," Lawrence said of "First Class" during a recent interview with MTV News. "It's set in the 1960s, it's with James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender, some of my favorite actors. I love [those] guys!"

Lawrence wasn't able to say too much about her role in the story beyond the fact that playing Mystique requires no small amount of blue-skinned nudity — which means a lot of time in the makeup trailer.

"I mean, what else do you want to know," she laughed. Well, there's plenty we want to know! Who is she fighting in the movie, for example? Will we see the birth of Nightcrawler, the byproduct of her relationship with Azazel? Does she start the movie on Charles Xavier's side before moving over to Team Magneto?

"I don't know if I'm allowed to say," she confessed, effectively ending any conversation about Mystique's role in the film. Lawrence did say that she would be up for more "First Class" movies, however.

"Yeah, it would be great to get back with the same people, because I love the cast," she said. "The paint, I'm going to need a little bit of time before I'll miss it. But the cast, definitely."

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Lawrence up for return to X-Men

Friday, 14 January 2011

Jennifer Lawrence is definitely up for more X-Men movies.

The Golden Globe-nominated Winter's Bone actress loves her role as Raven Darkholme, the shape-shifting mutant better known as Mystique, in Matthew Vaughn's forthcoming X-Men: First Class so much that she would gladly reprise it in the future.

"Yeah, it would be great to get back with the same people, because I love the cast," she told MTV News.

However, Jennifer isn't looking forward to the blue body paint.

"The paint, I'm going to need a little bit of time before I'll miss it," she added.

While Jennifer isn't allowed to spill the beans on the plot, she talked about how much she enjoyed working with James McAvoy (Professor Charles Xavier) and Michael Fassbender (Magneto).

"It's a prequel. It's set in the 1960s, it's with James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender, some of my favourite actors. I love [those] guys!" she said.

Kevin Bacon, Mad Men's January Jones, Nicholas Hoult and Rose Byrne also star in the upcoming superhero movie, which is released this summer.
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Edi Gathegi says X-Men: First Class will be as good as the first movies

by Liam on January 17, 2011 ·

Edi Gathegi, best known for his roles in The Twilight Saga and Gone Baby Gone, will be playing a mutant called Darwin in Matthew Vaughn’s X-Men: First Class who has the power of “reactive evolution” which allows him to automatically adapt to any situation or environment.

In an interview with Access Hollywood the actor spoke about his involvement in the film and expects reshoots to take place soon. He also mentions that while he doesn’t want to raise expectations too much for X-Men fans, he thinks the movie returns to the quality of the original movies, namely X-Men and X2.

Gathegi starts taling about First Class around the 2 minute mark:

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There is speculation that X-Men: First Class will have a Super Bowl TV spot on February 6th, but if not we should be getting a trailer soon.

X-Men: First Class will focus on Xavier (James McAvoy) and Magneto (Michael Fassbender) as they work together with other mutants to stop the Hellfire Club, an international social club for wealthy elites who seek to influence world events to their own agenda. Kevin Bacon will play the leader, Sebastian Shaw, along with January Jones as Emma Frost.
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Kevin Bacon on 'X-Men: First Class' and Whether He'll See the 'Footloose' Remake

By Sharon Knolle (Subscribe to Sharon Knolle's posts)
Posted Jan 19th 2011 8:00AM

As all 'X-Men' fans know, 'X-Men: First Class' is going back to the very beginning, before Charles Xavier was known as Professor X and Eric Lensherr became Magneto, with 'Kick-Ass' director Matthew Vaughn at the helm.

Kevin Bacon took some time out of his Golden Globes day to chat with Moviefone about joining the X-Men family. He plays villain Sebastian Shaw, a powerful mutant who's planning to take over the world amidst the backdrop of the swinging '60s and the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Bacon teased some great scenes opposite the new Magneto (Michael Fassbender of 'Inglourious Basterds') and his character's cool '60s style, including a private inner sanctum and his own sub.

He also told us how he feels about the 'Footloose' remake and whether we can expect to see him in a cameo.

What can you tell us about your character, Sebastian Shaw, and how he figures into the plot?
You don't see much [of his backstory] in the movie, but he's kind of a self-made man. He lost his father as a young man, made his first million by the time he was 30 and first billion by time he was 40. He's a very powerful billionaire and also, as it turns out, a mutant. He's the leader of the Hellfire Club, which is a nightclub for the rich and extremely powerful. And he has a plot to take over the world, so that's really fun. He's incredibly good at manipulating people and at taking whatever kind of energy or ability they have and using it to his advantage, like if he's talking to a German, he's fluent in German. He's very charming and able to get whatever he wants.

Why did you decide to take on this sort of role?
I was a big fan of 'Kick-Ass' and someone told me I should go read the script and meet with Matthew Vaughn and like that, I was in 'X-Men.' I liked the script, thought it was such a fresh look at the franchise, but also the comic book movies in general and certainly it's a great character. He's definitely the character I was interested in playing.

Is your look changing for the film?
My look is very different from the guy in the comic books. We decided pretty early on that that was not going to translate to film. But there's a certain kind of style to the suits that I wear, but I don't have anything extreme in the makeup department. When you first meet me -- I don't want to spoil it -- but when you first meet me, I look a little different.

Were you an X-Men fan?
Oh yes, definitely. Not so much from the comics, because I didn't read that many as a kid, but I really liked the movie. I liked the notion of being different and the metaphor for judging people by their external qualities and the idea of racism and it plays very heavily into the themes for this movie. And is there the opportunity for people who are different to assimilate or to even relate to other beings that are different from them? In our realm of the world, we have humans, various versions of that and animals and plants and nature and they're introducing another element to that and I just think that's kind of cool.

Who's your favorite X-Men character?
I always thought that it was great that you had Professor X in his wheelchair. That's really fascinating -- right from the beginning to have a lead character bound to a wheelchair is super interesting and Patrick Stewart was great in the role.

Are you signed on to more than one film?
I am, but whether or not I end up in any more remains to be seen.

Matthew Vaughn was planning a big action scene in a rotating room, but scrapped it after he saw 'Inception,' and said he needed to go bigger. How has he topped it?
I'm trying to think what scene that was. I remember hearing something about that, but I'm not sure if that was online or actually from Matthew. But we do have a really, really super cool scene in a hall of mirrors and that's going to be really spectacular.

What's the craziest-looking mutant or mutant power that will get audiences talking?
That's hard to say because when you do a movie like this, so much of this stuff is happening in post. There were some practical things, like it's no secret that Magneto has the power to move and bend metal and the way that's handled right from the first scene in the movie is going to be really cool. It's something we haven't seen in any other movie so far.

The movie is set in the '60s: Is Vaughn going for a swinging '60s, James Bond look?
There is an element of that, certainly to my character. I've got some pretty nice pads and I'm kind of slick in that way. I don't think it's visually, in terms of camera moves, it's not trying to recreate that. But it has an element of that. The set design is fantastic. I've only seen the sets that I've been on and they are really interesting and very '60s modern and super cool, and beautiful. I have one set that's kind of like an inner sanctum and then I also have a submarine; the inside of the sub has elements of my other set. I have my own set of style and wanted to translate it over to my board room and stuff. It's great. I love the way it looks.

Since descriptions of the movie's setting have mentioned JFK, Martin Luther King and Malcolm X, are there any cool bits of real history that are used in the story?
The backdrop is the Cuban Missile Crisis, so it's a little earlier than the Civil Rights era. I don't think JFK is a character in the movie, but the idea of the possibility of thermonuclear war in our own backyard is there.

But there is an element of the racial tension of the times (which inspired Stan Lee in the first place)?
Yes, definitely. And also the fallout from the Holocaust is still there, which you'll remember is in the first film.

What's the coolest part of the film?
That's hard for me to say, not having seen the movie. But I think the youth of the movie, that is really exciting. You've got Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique) and Zoë Kravitz (Angel) and James McAvoy (Professor Xavier) and all these young actors who are about to explode. When you see them become what we know of as the X-Men, to me, that's really cool. The visual stuff, I can't say, until I've seen the effects. But from a plot standpoint, watching the creation of that kind of elite squad and yet they're all in this college dorm room kind of atmosphere, where there's romances and drunken parties and people become friends and then they have a falling out. I think all that stuff is going to be really cool. All of these movies deliver something other than just another airplane blowing up because there's interesting stuff going on between the characters.

Why should X-Men fans who are worried about a Wolverine-less X-Men movie stop worrying?
I didn't know that X-Men fans were worrying about that.

So X-Men fans will be completely entertained, even without Wolverine?
Absolutely.

What was the most fun part of playing this character?
I have a really newfound appreciation for those actors, Heath Ledger, Johnny Depp, Robert Downey Jr., and Hugh Jackman, that are able to work within this kind of genre with all the green screen and create great, memorable performances. It's very difficult; for me the most fun is always connecting on a scene and working with another actor to try to make that scene work. There was a scene near the end of the film between me and Michael Fassbender (Magneto) and the scene was okay, but I don't think either one of us was figuring it out. So Matthew let us spend a weekend up at his house and really figured it out from an acting standpoint, what this moment really means between these two. And that's the fun stuff. Hanging from a crane is fun too, but not as fun as actually connecting with another actor.

What are your thoughts on the 'Footloose' remake? Will you be doing a cameo?
I know the director and I think he's a really good choice. I've read the script and they've got a really good take on it, so we'll see. I wish them the best. They did talk to me about doing a cameo, but I'm not going to.

Are you planning on seeing the movie?
Oh, hell yes. You know, they tracked down my original screen test, and they're thinking about putting it on as an DVD extra. It's a strange thing for me, much weirder than seeing the movie. I don't watch the movies I make, so I haven't seen 'Footloose' since it came out. You see this young, hungry actor, it's pretty fun. I was the only one they screen tested. It was an attempt by the director and producer to talk the head of the studio into hiring me because they didn't want me.
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X-Clusive: The White Queen Speaks
January Jones tells IGN all about playing Emma Frost in X-Men: First Class.
January 19, 2011 January 19, 2011 January 19, 2011

by Jim Vejvoda

Actress January Jones is no stranger to playing ice queens, having portrayed the cold Betty Draper on Mad Men for four seasons now. But this summer, Jones will portray her most chilling role yet as Emma Frost in X-Men: First Class.

Also known as The Hellfire Club's White Queen, Emma Frost is a sexy, white-clad telepath who could get anything she wanted -- money, power, prestige. She rose through the ranks of the Hellfire Club and opened her own school to train mutants and becoming an enemy of Professor Charles Xavier's gifted students.

Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass, Layer Cake) directs X-Men: First Class, which is set against the backdrop of the early 1960s and chronicles how then-friends Professor X (James McAvoy) and Magneto (Michael Fassbender), allied by a dream of attaining justice for their fellow mutants, formed the X-Men and first take on the Hellfire Club, led by Sebastian Shaw (Kevin Bacon).

Hot on the heels of 20th Century Fox's release of the first image of the cast, IGN had the chance to chat exclusively with Jones about portraying Emma Frost in the prequel/franchise reboot. Here's what she had to say:



IGN: What was your reaction to being offered a role in a X-Men film, and particularly this character?

January Jones: I was very excited to do something so different and so iconic and be a part of a franchise like that. But also there was a huge weight of responsibility, too, to portray that character. There are so many fans of the comics and the movies that -- inevitably, I'm going to disappoint someone, but I just wanted to really do my research and still have fun with it. It's been a blast so far. I just hope all the fans enjoy it as much as we have.

- 20th Century Fox

January Jones as Emma Frost.

IGN: What were you thinking when you first saw what Emma Frost's costume: excited, scared or did you just find it ridiculous?

Jones: It was a little bit of both, '"Let's go for it!" and "You've gotta be kidding me?" No actual woman looks like that. She's very blessed, shall we say. So coming straight from Mad Men, literally the day before, there was no way I could get physically cut like that. Also, for a woman to get that physically cut and not lose the curvy areas was a bit of a challenge for me, so I just did some weight training and body sculpting. I had a lot of fun with that, too. All the stunt training and the physical aspects of the role that I didn't know I'd be doing were a lot of fun. Because her powers are very strong on both the mental and physical sides, so it was a lot of fun for me to go to different places than I've had to do as an actor before.

IGN: This is a project that came together very fast and is now coming out in just a few months, which would suggest that you guys were going to have to do a lot of effects and action shots practically. Was that the case and, if so, how was that compared to being asked to stand before a green screen and imagine what was happening?

Jones: Well, we're still shooting it. When I heard it was coming out that quickly, I had a lot of questions. They're editing as we go, doing the visual effects as we go. Obviously, I have a lot of faith in the people we're using for those things. I didn't have to do any wire work, but there was a lot of wire work involved for some of the characters and there are times when you're imagining this is going to be happening behind you so you react to that, which was my first experience with that sort of thing and which was fun. It was like coming to work and being a little kid and using your imagination and times feeling kind of silly, but embracing the fact that it's going to look awesome. And from what I've seen it looks amazingly incredible. Just Emma Frost's diamond form alone I've never seen anything like it.

- 20th Century Fox

Meet the mutants of X-Men: First Class; click for the hi-res version.

IGN: Who do you have the most scenes with?

Jones: I'd say Kevin Bacon, probably, and McAvoy and Fassbender. Mostly those guys.

IGN: Can you talk about Emma's relationship with Sebastian and the Hellfire Club in the movie and how period do they get with the Hellfire Club?

Jones: I don't want to give any of that away as far as their relationship, but I can say that it doesn't feel like a period movie. There's obviously historical aspects in the storytelling and some of the props and stuff, but I think it feels very modern. It does take place in 1962. One of the things that's brought in from that time, the Hellfire Club aspect especially, is that it's pretty -- I dunno, the Bunnies and the Playboy clubs. It's really cool. You'd think Sinatra was there. The sets are really cool and the vibe of the whole thing is really neat.

IGN: It sounds like the kind of place the guys from Sterling Cooper Draper Price wouldn't mind frequenting.

Jones: Yeah, but with really badass mutants hanging out as well.

IGN: How much of Emma's background -- in the comics she's a self-made woman, comes from lots of money and an old Yankee family -- how much of that do we learn about in the movie, or is she really just more of a mysterious femme fatale type here?

Jones: Not in this one. We don't go into too much of the backstory. Not really. it's more of a mystery about the relationship she has with Shaw and her past and why she reacts certain ways to certain things. I think the fans of the comic who know her history will understand why she does certain things because they know her, but I don't think it'll be confusing to audiences who don't know her backstory either.

- Marvel

IGN: So is she definitely a villain in the movie or is she a bit more ambiguous, sort of like maybe a Bond girl where you don't know whose side she's on?

Jones: Well, she's on the side of the mutants. I have hard time defining who is good guy-bad guy in this because everyone's pro-mutant. It's just whether you trust the humans or you don't. So I can't say whether she's a bad guy or a good guy.

IGN: Can you say whether you'd do a sequel?

Jones: Yeah, I'd love to do another one. I've had a great experience on this one. It's been really, really fun and just an exciting place to go to work. Just a lot of great talent and also we just get to play. It feels like being a kid again, although my outfits are not. (laughs)

IGN: Do you think that since it's a period comic book film that's what will help differentiate it from the other comic book movies coming out soon and will make it stand out more to filmgoers? Yes, it's a recognizable brand name, but in no way like you've seen it before.

Jones: Yeah, I think that aspect will help it. I think it's just an intelligent story as well because of the history, it's a period piece, it brings in a lot of characters' backstories. You can see Professor X and Magneto and how this all came about and Sebastian Shaw. I think just having that backstory and that kind of drama aspect to it just brings a whole new level to the storytelling. It's not just all in-your-face action. There's also a real dramatic storyline underneath it that makes it much more interesting. I also think it was very smart to take a real-life historical event like the Cuban Missile Crisis or whatever it is during that time in 1962 and weave all these different storylines of these mutants. It's a really good idea that makes you feel like it could have happened or that maybe it did. I think having it set in that time will just take it up a notch.

X-Men: First Class opens June 3.
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Lucas Till Briefly On 'Havok' In X-Men: First Class!
In a VERY brief talk with young actor Lucas Till, who stars as Havok in Fox's Matthew Vaughn-directed X-Men: First Class prequel, he talks about the role and process. Check it out!

In a brief quote from the latest issue of VMAN Magazine, young actor Lucas Till, whose portraying Alex Summers aka Havok in Matthew Vaughn's X-Men: First Class prequel, speaks on the process and look for the role.

“The day after I arrived on location to shoot Battle: Los Angeles, I started a three-week boot camp. The first week consisted of getting my body physically and mentally ready for everything the marines would be doing in the weeks to come.

For X-Men: First Class, my routine is a lot different. Portraying Alex Summers, I want to look as athletic as his character is in the comics. My trainer, Ed Chow, is one of the nicest people on the face of the earth, which is deceiving, because he is damn good at what he does.”

Apparently, theres more from Till on the role in this VMAN magazine issue, which hits shelves February 10. And look for X-Men: First Class hitting theaters June 3.
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Matthew Vaughn and Lucas Till on X-Men: First Class
By David Bentley on Feb 3, 11 05:07 PM

I'M not the only one to remark on the curious fact we are just recently seeing images from two superhero movies - X-Men: First Class and the untitled Spider-Man reboot (don't call it Spider-Man 4, Sony has told us, cos it isn't).

What's strange about these two sets of pictures appearing simultaneously is that one film (First Class) comes out on June 2 while the other isn't out until more than a year later, in July 2012.

Clearly, the X-Men project - which still appears to be filming - has to move fast to meet that release date in four months' time. Not to mention offering us a trailer or two.

Director Matthew Vaughn admits the pressure is on, but he seems confident of succeeding. And he also hints at sequels, which will be a relief for those devotees (me included) who want to see the younger versions of Cyclops, Jean and Storm eventually enter this new origin franchise.

Vaughn tells the latest issue of Empire: "I've always wanted to do a movie set in the 60s. The difference is that now I have experience. On X3 [which he was at one point set to direct] it was cast and I just had to tell the story.

"Here we have to recast every role, recreate the 60s - which is not easy - and redesign everything. We've been playing catch-up, but it's working."

He also explains why he went for Michael Fassbender as Erik Lehnsherr (aka Magneto) and James McAvoy as Charles Xavier: "I wasn't trying to cast the young Patrick [Stewart] or Ian [McKellen]. I was trying to cast the young Professor X and Magneto; what those characters are in my mind. For me, I'm trying to make a movie that stands on its own two feet."

Hinting at follow-ups (Fox is likely setting its sights on a trilogy), he adds: "Hopefully there'll be a lot more of this version of the franchise."

This film's version of the First Class isn't the original team of the comics, which comprised Cyclops, Jean Grey (then with the nebulous moniker Marvel Girl), Iceman, Angel and Beast. Instead it's a prequel to the different continuity of the film series and is set in the 1960s. This rules out all of that original comics line-up except Beast, who was hinted in X-Men: The Last Stand to have very early associations with Xavier.

Joining Beast's younger self (played by Nicholas Hoult from UK series Skins, who describes his character as "very urbane and witty") is Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique, Caleb Landry Jones as Banshee, Edi Gathegi as Darwin, Zoe Kravitz as the insect-winged Angel Salvadore and Lucas Till as Cyclops' brother Alex Summers aka Havok.

"Havok cannot control who he is", Empire's print article reports Till (pictured on far right at top) as saying. That's true to the comics in which Alex continuously absorbed cosmic radiation from the environment like a living battery and had to wear a special costume with sensors for measuring and controlling the release of the energy.

Judging from unofficial descriptions and storyboards, the film version shoots a Cyclops-like red beam from his chest. That's not exactly like the comics (see my montage above) where his power blasts emanated in blue-ish concentric circles from his body, unless he channelled it along his arms for a more targeted attack. Here's hoping it doesn't look exactly the same as Cyclops' own red beams in the finished film; it would be a missed opportunity for a more innovative visual effect.

Till is, however, trying his best to look like the comic book artwork. Detailing his differing work-out regimes for this film and Battle: Los Angeles, Lucas tells VMAN: "Portraying Alex Summers [aka Havoc], I want to look as athletic as his character is in the comics. My trainer, Ed Chow, is one of the nicest people on the face of the earth, which is deceiving, because he is damn good at what he does - possibly because he is so nice.

"I do this five days a week. To keep working out for that period of time a lot of the cast and crew have set records in the gym and have made charts of who has lifted what and how many times. It keeps everyone constantly striving to beat everyone else, so there's always a reason to get into the gym. I am currently ahead of Edi Gathegi [Darwin in First Class] by one. Just thought everyone should know."
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January Jones: ‘(Emma Frost’s) got the most bad-ass powers’
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January Jones was recently interviewed by Canoe to discuss “Mad Men” and her upcoming movies in 2011. Jones talks about the tight schedule of “X-Men: First Class” and believes fans will enjoy the movie.

Everyone asks about Emma’s costumes but don’t mention Emma’s “most bad-ass powers,” Jones notes.

by KEVIN WILLIAMSON, QMI Agency

Jones thrilled with ‘X-Men’ prequel

Sebastian Shaw (Kevin Bacon) and Emma Frost (January Jones) in "X-Men: First Class." Credits: 20th Century FoxLOS ANGELES — The new X-Men prequel continues to mutate even though it’s scheduled to open in June.

“Poor (director) Matthew Vaughn is going to have to edit it in three days,” January Jones says, laughing. “That’s been a blast. We’ve all had so much fun making that movie.”

Entitled X-Men: First Class, the film chronicles the origins of Marvel’s super-powered mutant population. Set in the 1960s, it stars James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender as a youthful Professor X and Magneto, respectively. Jones joins the franchise as Emma Frost aka The White Queen, a scantily clad blond with telepathic powers.

Vaughn’s previous credits, including Kick-Ass and Layer Cake, may inspire confidence, but usually when a film is still shooting this close to its release date, it signals trouble.

Jones, however, predicts fans will be pleased.

“I think it was unrealistic for them to think they were going to make such a huge movie in whatever we had — two months or something. So of course we went over (schedule). I think I have a couple more days to shoot.

X-Men First Class Logo“We’re almost done. The fact we’ve had to push the wrap date but they haven’t moved the release date is really interesting to me. I guess they must know what they’re doing. I have a lot of faith in Matthew as a director and an editor; I think his movies are great. And I think they’ve been cutting as we’ve been going.

“We should be fine.”

As is true of most female comics characters, Frost isn’t known for being over-dressed. And neither apparently will Jones be in the movie.

“Everybody wants to know about the costume,” she says. “I didn’t really know much about her beforehand, but when I did my research, she’s a very — specifically visually — iconic character. Nobody talks about the fact she’s got the most bad-ass powers.

“But yeah, she has very skimpy outfits. So we had a lot of fun with that.”
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'X-Men: First Class' Actress January Jones Talks Telepathic Stare-Downs With James McAvoy

Posted 13 hrs ago by Adam Rosenberg

We're all still buzzing over the "X-Men: First Class" trailer, and the June 3-releasing mutant super-team origin story is really going to be here before you know it. Star January Jones, who plays the telepathic, diamond-skinned mutant Emma Frost in the film, spoke to MTV News during the press junket for "Unknown" (out this Friday) about the challenges of playing a character who spends at least part of her time thinking her words at people as opposed to speaking them aloud.

"Well, I'm telepathic too. So James [McAvoy] and I just had a lot of staring at each other, trying to out-think each other," she said, referring to McAvoy's role as X-Men founder and fellow telepath Charles Xavier. She added, "If someone has footage of that, the outtakes need to be released somewhere because it's retarded. Not in a bad way."

As funny as it must have been to watch the two engaging in on-set staring contests, Jones admits that it was also "very difficult" and expressed her hope that there's more to her telepathic back-and-forth with McAvoy/Xavier than just shot-reverse-shot staredowns.

"Hopefully they'll show something where it's the physical aspect of what we're trying to do mentally, because it's just kind of us staring at each other for a really long time," she said. "He at least has this [places her index and middle finger against her temple in iconic Professor X pose], where I don't have anything. So maybe my powers are more honed. I don't need a thing."

How do you imagine the telepathic showdowns in "First Class" manifesting? Let us know what you think in the comment section or on Twitter!
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January Jones “Had to Wing it” For Sexy X-Men Costume
Posted by Pamela on February 18th, 2011

January Jones has revealed that she didn’t have any time to tone up before slipping in to the sexy X-Men costume she was required to wear during the filming of her new film ‘X Men: First Class‘, in which she plays Emma Frost. January says that she was basically naked for the whole role, and the costume was painted on to her body. She said in a recent interview that she “had to wing it” because she didn’t have any time to in between filming:

“I’m naked. In the comics, the costume is pretty much just painted on and she has a pretty unrealistic body. So it was a challenge for me. I literally went from ‘Mad Men,’ packed the next day and flew to London – so there wasn’t any time for me to do a lot of toning up or getting fit. I just had to wing it”.

January said that the team had a lot of fun creating her costumes because they had to be revealing and include a 60′s inspired twist:

“We had a lot of fun with the costumes in that we wanted to make them very revealing and sexy, and they’re always white and pearlized. We got that Emma Frost look, but with a 60s twist – and a lot of sparkles, because she turns into a diamond”.

The film also includes the Oscar-nominated actress Jennifer Lawrence, Rosie Bryne, Kevin Bacon and Michael Fassbender . It hits theaters on the 3rd of June this year.
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Nick Hoult goes wild in his new star role
By Vicky Corbett
February 21, 2011

This is homegrown movie star Nick Hoult like you’ve never seen him before.

Taken from the official trailer for the new movie X-Men: First Class, it shows the Sindlesham lad as blue, furry superhero Beast in the prequel to the series starring Hugh Jackman.

The film stars James McAvoy as Professor X and Nick plays scientist and brawler Hank McCoy, played in earlier films by Kelsey Grammar.

Nick, 21, few to LA this week to finish shooting the film, which is due out this summer.

He said: “There’s been great feedback so far. I think they’ve done a really cool job with the trailer. I can’t wait to see the final film.”

First Class also stars Kevin Bacon and January Jones and, set in the 1960s, follows the relationship between Professor X and Magneto, the X-Men and the Brotherhood of Mutants.

Nick’s next project will be Jack the Giant Killer, in which he plays the farmer who climbs the beanstalk and returns a hero. Stanley Tucci and Bill Nighy also star in the medieval epic.

“It’s a darker version of Jack and the Beanstalk. I’m really looking forward to getting started,” he said.

Nick’s had a busy week. On Sunday night he was at the BAFTA awards presenting an award for best animated film to the talent behind Toy Story 3. He was also present to see his former co-star Colin Firth win best actor for his role in The King’s Speech.

Nick, who appeared with Firth in A Single Man last year, said: “It was a great night, lots of fun. I was very proud of Colin. He’s a fantastic actor and to win two years on the trot for such great performances is fantastic.”

Nick admitted he was nervous when presenting the award.

“That was pretty terrifying. I could feel my heart thudding out of my chest, but I got through it,” he said.

Nick made his big screen debut in About A Boy opposite Hugh Grant in 2002. He has gone on to appear in hit E4 teen drama Skins and last year’s action adventure flick Clash of the Titans.
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Nicholas Hoult talks Beast, Mad Max and Jack the Giant Killer

X-Men First Class Interview: Nicholas Hoult On Beast, With Updates On Jack The Giant Killer And Mad Max

Question: Let’s get the obvious stuff out of the way first: are you a comic book reader?

Nicholas Hoult: I’ve read a couple of them before starting work on this (film). But since then I’ve read a lot, a little bit of X-Men and Avengers and things like that, to get a grasp of the character. I was a fan of the films and grew up watching the cartoons. There is a great lot of history and information in there.

Q: Did Beast become your favourite X-Men, if only by default, or did you prefer another one?

Hoult: (laughs) Someone asked me which power I would like most if I could get any of them. I think that either telepathy or teleporting would be my favourite powers to have. As a character, I find Beast is fantastic, he is my favourite in a way. There’s this inner tension, because he’s a scientist, and a careful man, and a worldly man, and he has this crazy exterior. He’s scary.

Q: The blue-furred guy.

Hoult: Yeah. I hope the fans will like this version as much (as the original).

Q: I suppose he’ll be pretty much like in the comic books? Upbeat, exuberant, witty, charming…

Hoult: Yeah, well, in this film it’s more, he’s a young scientist. He’s very intelligent, obviously, and creates great inventions. But there’s also this side of him where you have this conflict of wanting to be normal and wanting to fit in. That’s going on. And then there’s also the side, once he becomes the Beast. There’s a Jeckyll and Hyde aspect, where he’s scared of what he’s capable of.

Q: This role is essentially the very opposite of Tony Stonem, isn’t he? As far as I know, Tony Stonem was created to be unlikeable.

Hoult: (laughs)

Q: Beast, on the other hand, is very likeable. So, did you in part take Beast as a sort of antidote to becoming typecast as a Tony Stonem-type?

Hoult: No, it wasn’t an antidote to that tool. I’ve played a variety of types, and Tony was very interesting, and something you don’t see very often. Anyway, I wouldn’t call it an antidote, but it’s great to play a reckless character. It’s kind of a release, yeah.

Q: Considering that Beast is one of the most visually distinctive characters, to put it mildly, how much effort was put into the make-up, and how much of that was make-up and prosthetics, as opposed to CGI?

Hoult: Before the transformation, when I’m just Hank, that’s me and there’s some CGI on the feet and toes. And then, once the transformation to Beast takes place, that’s four hours of make-up and prosthetics with a full mask and wigs and fur and a big rubber muscle suit. That’s quite a transformation.

Q: How did you prepare to become a mutant superhero and super-genius? How did you prepare and train… You already mentioned that you used comics for research.

Hoult: Yeah, comics, I watched Frasier, I watched the X-Men films. And then training was physically, athletics. I gained a little bit of weight and still managed to fit into my muscle suit (laughs). We lifted weights, did some boxing. It was also in part so that we stayed energized. That worked out pretty well.

Q: You just mentioned Frasier. I think this is the first time that I ever heard Frasier mentioned in a superhero context. You probably meant, because of Kelsey Grammer, who played the role in the third movie, right?

Hoult: Yeah, it was so that I could get Kelsey Grammer’s accent correctly.

Q: And how much did Kelsey Grammer’s depiction of the character influence you?

Hoult: I feel they were very different characters. In the other film, Beast was a politician, and he’s been in this place for a long time. In this one he’s young and he’s a scientist. And when he changes, that comes with quite a bit of anger and embarrassment.

Q: How did things go with the cast? Did you all play well off each other?

Hoult: Yeah, everyone got on very well. There was a great mix of people who got on board and performed. Different age groups, different walks of life. Everyone got along very well, and we had fun.

Q: How was Matthew Vaughn as a director? I suppose he came in knowing what he wanted, considering that he had experience in making superhero movies.

Hoult: Yeah, exactly. Matthew’s a big jerk during the film because, well, it has a stellar cast, and he has worked before on Kick-Ass and Layer Cake. Both are great, enjoyable films. He understands what it means, to make a film work. So he gets going, and he’s right. He’s a very clever man. He knows the meaning of every line written. He knows what makes them work. These are just interesting stories, you know, epic in scale and massive backdrops, but at the heart of them they are quite human stories.

Q: This is your first big effects movie, right? You usually do character pieces. How did you like the difference?

Hoult: It’s interesting. I may try to see the end product, because it’s sometimes difficult to imagine what you’re seeing or what’s going on, so once it’s all cut together, there might be the occasional surprise waiting.

Q: One thing that was mentioned in the context of this movie was that Matthew Vaughn was trying to create a James Bond-feel. How did that translate to you?

Hoult: To me, personally, I really wonder why he said that. We were doing a scene of hanking and waving, and Luffy said, do it like James Bond, say the line like James Bond. Well, he actually said, do it like James Bond, and I said, I don’t know if that will come off as cheesy or Bond-like. And he said, do it, and then we’ll decide.

Q: Well, Bond-like is cheesy, so…

Hoult: (laughs)

Q: This movie is set in the 1960s. How did you prepare for the period? I think it’s probably different from a period that, say, your parents wouldn’t recognize, like a western for example.

Hoult: I’d already done that in A Single Man, which was set in that time. So I already had a sort of feeling for the times and the people. I had an understanding of what was going on, coming into the film.

Q: What was the general feel of X-Men First Class? Is it more grim and gritty, or more fun and cheesy, or…? If you had to compare it to another movie…?

Hoult: Whoof… If I compare it to another film…

Q: Would it be more A-Team or Dirty Harry or James Bond?

Hoult: The Bond thing is a good idea. It’s definitely not A-Team. It’s a film that has its background in the great era of the 1960s. There is drama, and there are thriller aspects. It’s character-driven by Magneto and Xavier, because it’s about their relationship. It’s epic, but told with the characters in mind.

Q: And it’s supposed to be a trilogy if it does well, right?

Hoult: Yes, if it does well.

Q: How difficult was it to get a handle on Hank before and after the transformation? Before, when he was this supersmart scientist and after, when he’s this tragic but still upbeat figure – at least in the comics.

Hoult: Well, in this movie, the end of the world is coming, so there’s not that much to be upbeat about. Maybe, if we make another film, we can get into that contradiction, that someone who looks so scary is such a positive person. That’d be great. You know, the film isn’t out yet, and that’s stuff I’m not comfortable talking about at this time.

Q: That’s spoiler territory, then.

Hoult: Yeah, that’s right, spoilers.

Q: This may be a bit tricky and mean, but considering that Bryan Singer is involved in both X-Men First Class and Jack the Giant Killer, did he snatch you from Jack for Beast, or did he give you Jack because of Beast?

Hoult: Originally, that was because I was going to straight to work on Mad Max, but that got delayed, something to do with the special effects. And originally I was going to do Jack, because Mad Max got delayed again, so I went to audition for Jack, and that worked out.

Q: So you had Jack before Beast?

Hoult: No, no, no. We did X-Men, and finished that before I found out I’d gotten the role in Jack, two days ago.

Q: Can you already tell me anything about Max and Jack?

Hoult: Hopefully, Max will be starting next year. George Miller is a fantastic director, so I’m looking forward to getting started on that. And Jack, yeah, we haven’t really started work on it yet, but we’re shooting pretty soon. It’s a kind of reimagined version of Jack and the Beanstalk.

Q: I’ve read that it’s supposed to be darker than the original.

Hoult: Yeah, yeah, definitely so. But it’s still going to be a family film, not restricted to (age) 18.

Q: Considering that you’ve worked with some considerable talents like Colin Firth and Hugh Grant, how do James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender compare?

Hoult: Errr…

Q: And Kevin Bacon.

Hoult: (laughs) It’s always fascinating to see how different they work. Most of the time they’re relaxed and calm, and they help out those around them. They’re just fun to be around, you know. James McAvoy definitely has that, when we gotta work we gotta work, and it’s what we do. And they have fun, and they’re relaxed, and they make you feel part of the team.

Q: So they didn’t try to stay in character all the time.

Hoult: No, definitely not.

Q: I remember that back in 1999, Bryan Singer changed the X-Men’s uniforms because he felt that blue and yellow wouldn’t work on screen. But now you’re all wearing those colours, so, does it work?

Hoult: I think they did a great job in designing the costumes. About why the colours are the way they are, you’ll have to see it in the film, but it’s a nice idea of why they are like that. Yeah, I liked the costumes and the reason behind them in this film. And I think they work, yeah.

Q: One last question…

Hoult: Oh, thank you.

Q: Is there anything you wish I had asked? Any soapbox you want to climb on, or anything you want to say to our readers?

Hoult: I think the X-Men characters and their universe is very important to the people, to their fans. We just hope that you know that we’ve been respectful, that we’ve got something new and interesting to see, and hopefully tell a great story. That’s kind of the main thing.

Q: Thank you.
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January Jones & Director Jaume Collet-Serra Interview For ‘Unknown’

With the impending UK release of ‘Unknown’ this Friday, January Jones and director Jaume Collet-Serra talk about their ass-kicking conspiracy thriller. Jones is best known for her role as Betty Draper on the hit television series ‘Mad Men,’ in 2011 she’s also starring as Emma Frost in Matthew Vaughn’s hugemongously anticipated film ‘X-Men: The First Class.’ Collet-Serra was the man behind 2009’s underrated flick ‘Orphan.’ Check out what they had to say about ‘Unknown’ below.

Can you tell us what drew you to this role?

January Jones: What I liked about this role is that it was something I hadn’t done before. It was interesting and kind of indefinable in that you don’t know who she is. I think that the audience gets to kind of decide whether she’s a good guy or a bad guy. And, as Liam said, it had a little touch of noir. It was kind of an homage to the old Hitchcock films, and it was just fun for me.

With your schedule, it seems like you’d have to do scenes where there’d only be one take.

Jaume Collet-Serra: With these actors, it’s easy to do one take. But, yes, we had to move very fast and with the freezing cold you don’t want to be there for too long anyway.

In assembling this fine cast, can you talk about fitting them together and what was it about Liam that made him your hero for this?

Jaume Collet-Serra: Well, obviously, it’s an amazing cast and I’m so blessed to have these great actors working on my movie. It makes the job of a director very easy. Obviously, I’ve been a fan of Liam for a long time, probably since I was born because he was already making movies. I think he has both the physical intensity and the emotional intensity and makes everything really compelling. That’s one thing that was very important for this movie, that you really get to feel what the character’s going through, and I think Liam did a fantastic job. With January, we were looking for that Hitchcock beauty and that, sort-of, layered performance. And, obviously, January did a fantastic job as well. And with Diane, we wanted somebody who was very intense as well and had a lot of depth in character and, like she said, her character has a very interesting story. It’s kind of more of an edgy character and I think that she was very interesting and it was a pleasure working with all of them.

With your character in Mad Men being such an ice queen was it intentionally to take a role like this, which appears to be warm and sweet, at least in the beginning of the movie?

January Jones: Well, what’s fun about that? [Laughs] Being sweet. Am I typecast as being horrible? I mean, maybe. It’s kind of great, isn’t it? I try to always do something different. I don’t think that this character has anything to do with anything I’ve ever done and it just keeps me interested in the job, to do all kinds of different things, and I think that ‘sweet’ can be kind of boring. So, I will try to stay away from that, for everyone’s sake.

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Did you have a plan for your career, to go from television to movies?

January Jones: I don’t know if I have a plan or if I ever had a plan, but I’m very happy with the way it’s gone since then. I’m still very motivated and inspired and challenged and just, I don’t know, older. I feel like I’ve been able to work with a lot of great people and I have been very lucky in my choices. I think that I’m very strong-willed. So, that’s helped a lot, I guess. But, really, I just feel really lucky to have been able to do the things I’ve gotten to do and haven’t made too many mistakes yet.

How far can you go to get the kind of realism you’re looking for?

Jaume Collet-Serra: I always try to push it. It’s wonderful to have an actor like Liam who can actually fight; it gives me a lot of freedom to put the camera wherever I want, especially in that cool hand-held style where you can go around the characters and really see that they’re the ones fighting. So, they know their limits, like the stunt coordinator and Liam they all have these conversations and they themselves push it to the max. I don’t, obviously, want to injure them because they’re in my movie. So, but we want to make it as exciting as possible, but, again, it’s great to have somebody with that skill set that allows me to have that style.

There are a lot of witty lines in between the action. How important was it to have that kind of dialog in the movie?

Jaume Collet-Serra: For me it’s important because as an audience as a kid, I remember watching these action movies and watching like Die Hard and having Bruce Willis deliver those lines, and I felt excited. So, I want the audience to be excited and it really reflects the spirit of the movie. So, it’s great.
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X-Men: First Class burns bright with a mix of Bond and Batman Begins
By David Bentley on Mar 11, 11 12:20 AM

By Michael Pellegrini

WANT to know what's in store in this year's X-Men: First Class? Well, it will almost certainly bring us some Havok.

The character of that name - played by Lucas Till - is shown here in a new image sent to us today by 20th Century Fox. He stands in an underground chamber surrounded by fire that may well be of his own creation.

Havok - whose real name is Alex Summers and who is the brother of Cyclops - has the power to absorb naturally occurring cosmic rays and discharge the energy from his body as destructive blasts.

It's an ability he struggles to control so maybe he is practising and honing his abilities in the scene shown here, which could well depict an early version of the X-Men's classic training area known as the Danger Room.

With the film's release date (June 2 in the UK, June 3 in the US) growing ever closer there are still quite a few questions regarding the story of Fox's comic-to-film offering.

We do know, however, that it's set amid the Cuban Missile Crisis of the 60s and chronicles the early years of Xavier and Magneto, and that the villains are the Hellfire Club.

Directed by Matthew Vaughn - who was behind last year's comic book adaptation of Mark Millar's Kick-Ass - First Class seems to be more of a reboot than a sequel. That may be a good thing in order to rebound from the two previous X-Men movies, which met with far more disapproval from the fanbase and the critics than the first pair directed by Bryan Singer.

Singer returns as producer on this latest instalment to help steer the franchise back on track and while there may be connections to the original trilogy it appears that Vaughn will not be limited by them.

He tells IGN: "This is going to be very different. What I'm doing no one has done in superhero films. It's James Bond, it's a political thriller and it's an X-Men movie. It's not like the other X-Men movies which I think is important. I think they need to sort of take on a new... you know, what Batman Begins did for all those Batman movies? We bloody well need it. I'm not saying it's going to be as good as Batman Begins, but it's the same sort of attitude."

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Adding to comments made by the director, James McAvoy tells the site: "It's set in a completely different time and you are also taking these people to a much earlier point in their personal development as well as their physical and super[power] development."

"What's fun is you get to figure out who they were. For me Charles is a monk. He's like a selfless, egoless, almost sexless force for the betterment of humanity and mortality. And getting to kind of go 'Well, he's got to be different from that' is quite fun because the complete opposite is an ego-fuelled, sexed-up, self-serving dude. And we've not gone too far from that... he's definitely got an ego and he's definitely got a sex drive as well."

McAvoy, who is also known for his role in Wanted, another comic interpretation (also based on the work of Mark Miller), plays a young Charles Xavier. His counterpoint is Michael Fassbender, (who is no stranger to the comic book genre, having been in 300 and Jonah Hex) who will depict Erik Lehnsherr on his journey towards becoming Magneto.

Magneto, known for his opposition to the views of Xavier concerning mutant and human relations, has previously been the villain. But Fassbender's portrayal goes behind this, as he explains: "I don't really think in terms of good and evil. I think about what he wants to get and how motivated he is and what sort of morals he has got in place. It's like I see him very much as a Machiavellian character. The end justifies the means. And you know, he is in a situation where he is really right!"

While some recent silhouette posters promoting the release did not go down too well on the fan forums, the film has much going for it in the form of a powerful historical setting, a talented cast and crew and a place within the blockbuster X-Men franchise.

With Thor, Captain America, and Green Lantern as the other superhero offerings alongside First Class this summer there's no certainty of a box office winner, but if things turn out to be as impressive as the trailers suggest, it looks like a winner all round for the fans.
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Zoë Kravitz: Agent forced me into X-Men audition
By MusicRooms on 11/03/2011

Zoë Kravitz has revealed she didn’t think she’d get cast in X-Men: First Class.

The 22-year-old actress has appeared in films The Brave One and No Reservations, and has recently been filming the biggest role of her career so far - playing Angel Salvadore in X-Men: First Class. The film –directed by Matthew Vaughn - is the fifth instalment of the X-Men film series. It focuses on the relationship between Professor X, played by James McAvoy, and Magneto, played by Michael Fassbender and the origin of their groups, the X-Men and the Brotherhood of Mutants.

Zoë has admitted that she nearly didn’t audition for the role of superhuman Angel, because the film is so widely recognised. She only went along to castings because her agent pushed her into doing so.

"When it comes to stuff like X-Men, I just didn't think that I would get that part," she told British newspaper The Independent. "I just think I auditioned because people were auditioning and my agent was like, 'Please go', and had to talk me into going."

Zoë says that having the surname Kravitz is sometimes a hindrance. The star is the daughter of musician Lenny Kravitz and his ex-wife, actress Lisa Bonet.

"Having well-known parents is kind of a double-edged sword," she said. "It's given me wonderful opportunities, but people also like to knock you down because of it too and say that you have got things because of that."

The young actress says her parents have given her invaluable advice when it comes to tackling Hollywood. She says she has “no illusions” when it comes to putting in the hard work, although she never wants to take her job too seriously.

"They told me not to take it seriously. People get very serious about the Hollywood fame thing and the reason I think I came out level-headed was that they didn't raise me to think it was anything serious. I had no illusions. People get way too deep about it and in the end it's just a job and we are all equal," she added.
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Nicholas Hoult - Hank McCoy/Beast - March 23rd

Anonymous
What drew you to the role of Hank McCoy/ Beast?

Nicholas
The fascinating part of the role for me was the chance to play Hank/Beast before and after his transformation. The combination of his intelligence and wit offset by his animalistic appearance was fun to play.

Anonymous
What did you think of the original Beast?

Nicholas
I thought Kelsey Grammer did a fantastic job when he portrayed Beast, his charm and eloquence was something I wanted to try and emulate. However, in First Class I play Hank younger before becoming a politician, when he is a scientist and still learning about himself and his abilities. So I didn't want to try and just play a younger Kelsey but also bring something new to the role.

Albert C.
Are you an X-Men fan and if so, did you have a lot of source material to go thru or did you make up your own version of Beast?

Nicholas
I am an X-Men fan, I grew up watching the cartoons and films. It was fantastic to have so much source material to draw from, I read lots of comics in the build up to filming to try and get the best sense of Hank.

Sean
Beast is my favorite comic book character. Did you feel any pressure to show his feral side, while keeping him as lovable as he is in the comics?

Nicholas
There is pressure when playing a character who is so iconic and loved by fans, so you have to approach it with respect. Hank is urbane whilst being slightly shy of his mutations in this story, but then later on once the transformation to Beast has taken place he should still be charming but have a feral edge.

Daniel
What type of preparation did you do for the role of Beast?

Nicholas
In preparation for the role I watched lots of Frasier and listened to people who spoke with a similar accent to Kelsey, my dialect coach and I worked on creating something towards Kelsey's dialect but without being an imitation. I also did lots of fitness training as being in the Beast costume and make up could be very tiring and tough physically.

Marcus
Will we get to see Beast in more of his iconic lab settings and sporting some Shakespearean quotes?

Nicholas
Yes, you get to see Hank in his element in the lab. Some of the genius inventions he creates are shown, and also some of the not so successful ones.

Tirzah
How long does it take to get your makeup on?

Nicholas
The make up took 4 hours to get on, during which time we would listen to music mostly, or if it was a very early call I sometimes fell asleep.

Ashton D.
Did they do any CGI on your hands and feet prior to Beast going blue to make him seem more ape-like as in the comics and shows?

Nicholas
Before the transformation Hank's feet are a CGI effect so I would wear a blue sock and then the larger ape like feet would be added in post production. I did wear shoes a few sizes larger so that in theory they would have fitted in.

Jason G.
Beast is a nasty combination of high intellect and brute strength. Which side is more evident in the movie, and which side do you relate to more?

Nicholas
You get to see both the brute strength and intellect of Beast in this film. If I had to choose which one I related to most it would have to be the intellect as I certainly don't have anywhere near the strength and speed he possesses. Although, the same could be said for the intellect...
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http://www.muveez.com/news/1620/x-mens-rose-byrne-hints-at-first-class-trilogy

'X-Men's' Rose Byrne Hints At 'First Class' Trilogy
Byrne says there's a good chance of 'First Class' going long...

By Alex Winehouse on Monday 28th March 2011

Rose Byrne has suggested that X-Men: First Class may be the start of a new trilogy.

Byrne lines up alongside James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence and January Jones in Matthew Vaughn's X-Men origin story.

Byrne told Cinema Blend, "Technically we all, I think, had to get on for three. But you know sequels. We'll just wait for the first one to come out and see how it all unfolds."

She continued, "It's going to be a lot of fun, it's an ensemble, we have a great cast. I think it's going to be a whole reinvention of the films."

X-Men: First Class is due for release on June 2nd.
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Oliver Platt - Man in Black - March 29th

Aimee
Here's the question we all want to know. Who exactly is the Man in Black?

Oliver
The Man In Black runs a super secret division of the CIA devoted to investigating the application of mental telepathy and paranormal power in military defense. He has long been a laughing stock of the Agency because of this. His department is known as 'Division X'.

Ali
How does your character fit into the mutant universe?

Oliver
When Charles and Mystique become ensnared with the Agency, the Man in Black diverts them to his division with a deft bureaucratic sleight of hand. Erik soon joins them and The X-Men flourish under MIB's protection.

Gregory
Were you a fan of the X-Men before making this movie?

Oliver
I became a fan of X-Men through the movies.

Joshua
If you had a mutant power what would it be and why?

Oliver
If I had a mutant power it would be to plant ideas in powerful people's minds.

Tirzah
What was your favorite part of making this movie?

Oliver
The best part of the movie was working with the cast; McAvoy, Fassbender, Jenn, Rose. Working with John Dykstra, one of the seminal figures of modern special effects. Hanging with my old buddy K Bacon in London even though we didn't get to work together.

Denis
Are you a fan of comics or of comic-based movies? If so, which ones?

Oliver
Grew up with Superman, Batman, Green Hornet, Asterix (yes he's a superhero!!). Love the new Batman and Iron Man flicks.
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Rose Byrne - Dr. Moira MacTaggert - March 29th

ManFromRoomX
In the comics Moira MacTaggert has been the love interest of both Charles Xavier and Sean Cassidy (Banshee) Are these relationships explored in the script?

Rose
We explore the relationship of Moira and Charles but not with Banshee - at least not yet!

Nick
Moira didn't have the accent in Last Stand, so I can only assume she won't be having it in First Class?

Rose
No, Matthew Vaughn was adamant she be American - despite James McAvoy's slight disappointment as he is Scottish.

Anonymous
Will we get a chance to see Muir Island?

Rose
Sadly no, not in this installment.

Amy
Were you a little jealous that your character is the only one of the main characters without superpowers?
I was not when we were shooting as I didn't have to get picked up at 2:30am like Jennifer Lawrence. But I am sure I will suffer post-traumatic mutant envy when I see Angel being able to fly.

Ashton
What type of preparation and research did you do to prepare for your role as Dr. MacTaggert?

Rose
I researched the Cold War, the Cuban Missile Crisis and the CIA in 1962 as this is when the film is set. Production organized a brilliant X-Men expert to come and talk to us when we wanted. He came with a folder 20 pounds heavy with every comic and known fact on Moira McTaggert collated so I devoured that as well.

Marcus
Are we going to see Moira really involved at Xavier's school? Perhaps as a teacher or creator of Cerebro?

Rose
We will see - I hope so. She truly devoted her entire life to the cause so it would only make sense.

Jason
Dr. MacTaggert is a unique, strong, yet powerless human in a world full of mutants. What was your favorite part about playing her?

Rose
Her fashion sense…kidding. It was great to play the role of a true female pioneer in a time when misogyny was alive and well and to play someone so devoted and passionate about the mutant community - a cause that stands as a great metaphor - that we can all co-exist peacefully and progressively.
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http://www.hungergamestrilogy.net/2011/04/total-film-interviews-jennifer-lawrence-about-x-men-first-class/

Total Film Interviews Jennifer Lawrence About X-Men: First Class
Posted by Celine

Apr 9

Total Film Magazine June 2011, X-Men: First Class Cover source

Hunger Games lead star Jennifer Lawrence also stars in the upcoming X-Men:First Class movie. In an interview with Total Film, she talks about playing Mystique.

“The Mystique we know from the original X-Men is a confident, strong, powerful woman”, she told us.

“But in this film she’s a kind of insecure girl, who’s discovering herself, her sexuality and her opinion of things.”

We’ll also see Mystique stray from Charles Xavier’s flock to join forces with Magneto: “It starts as a little crush [on Magneto] but then I start to like his view of the world.”

Lawrence has also been familiarising herself with Mystique by getting immersed in the character’s comic-book backstory (“I’m still reading it…”) and studying Rebecca Romijn’s performance in the previous X-movies to get the physicality down: “She has a very specific walk!”

Read more on TotalFilm.com
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http://cool-mediaworld.blogspot.com/2011/04/january-jones-x-cited-about-ass-kicking.html

January Jones X-Cited About 'Ass-Kicking' X-Men Boots
7:35 AM Saif Rajput

Mad Men star January Jones has been enjoying a change of pace as she works on the upcoming X-Men: First Class movie. The actress plays telepathic mutant Emma Frost, who can change her skin into an organic diamond material.

That's all well and good, but January is most excited about her '60s-era superhero wradrobe. The movie acts as an X-Men origin story set in the swingin' '60s, and the first pictures of January offer an almost Austin Powers vibe.

“As Emma Frost, I'm telepathic, and I can turn into a diamond, which means I'm very, very cold," she explains in a new interview with W magazine. "I always wear white: lots of iridescent stretch leather, lots of sparkle, and ass-kicking white boots."

January will be appearing alongside the Oscar-nominated actress Jennifer Lawrence as she takes over the role of Mystique, and Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy as they bring to life young Magneto and Professor X respectively. X-Men: First Class is due out June 3.
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Lucas Till - Alex Summers / Havok - April 15th

Yesa
Who is your favorite super hero, and why?

Lucas Till
My favorite superhero has always been Batman. Although being a billionaire is nearly impossible for myself, it's still a lot easier than being born an alien or exposing myself to radioactive waste and hoping for the best.

Anonymous
Why did you decide to play the role of Havok?

Lucas Till
I decided to play the role of Havok after an extensive audition process and wanting to be a superhero my entire life and seeing unemployment on the "less than" side of the inequality.

Amanda
Did you do any research for your role beforehand?

Lucas Till
Fox was actually thoughtful enough to make it someone's job on X-Men to give anyone who wanted it, copies of the comics relevant to our characters' entire story lines, and that was all the research I really needed.

Nick
What was it like to play a character like Havok, having to live up to being the brother of Cyclops?

Lucas Till
To play Havok is the chance of a lifetime, or at least until they recast me in the next one, but seriously it's a dream fulfilled to step into Alex Summers' shoes.

Susan
What did you enjoy the most about getting into the X-Men Universe?

Lucas Till
The best thing about stepping into the X-Men universe is all of your friends texting you saying, "Dude, I might actually go see this one you're in. Good job man."

Fred
Do you enjoy the power you have in this movie, and if you could have any power you wanted which would you choose?

Lucas Till
I love the power Havok possesses so much, but i have the feeling I wouldn't have as much control as he would so I'll say I would rather have the power to fly. Always have wanted to control flight on my own.

Marcus
Will Havok be a team leader like Cyclops or more rebellious and wild like in the comics?

Lucas Till
I would say the character you find in this movie will be more reminiscent of the comic version. That's why he's Havok and not Cyclops.

Caleb
What was it like being cast in a film of this size? How do you feel about having been part of the movie?

Lucas Till
I feel so appreciative to be a directly involved in something I have been a part of the fanbase of for as long as I can remember. Once I see my performance in the movie, it may drastically affect my answer next time I am asked, however.
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