James McAvoy Chats About Prof. Xavier in X-Men: First Class
I don't know about everyone else, but I'm pretty damn excited for Matthew Vaughn's X-Men: First Class, partially because I think Vaughn is an amazing director, but also because it has an incredible cast, lead by James McAvoy as Charles Xavier / Professor X and Michael Fassbender as Erik Lehnsherr / Magneto. We've heard a lot of major details about the project, specifically this big update from Bryan Singer, but now it's McAvoy's time to talk about it. MTV talked with actor in Toronto and got a few interesting quotes from him. "I'm basically going to try and bury Patrick's performance," he says. But it'll feel like Stewart at the end.
Here's what he goes on to say about how he has to approach Charles Xavier differently than Patrick Stewart.
"I think the fun about these films, when you go back and you either reboot or do a prequel, is you get to see how people became who they are," he explained. "That means that you have to do them differently and by the end of the movie you have to do them the same way. The interesting journey is what happens to them, what changes them, what makes them evolve — not just mutate, but emotionally and psychologically evolve."
And that is exactly what I'm most looking forward to seeing them tackle in X-Men: First Class, I just hope it compares with the emotion and story in X-Men 2 (or goes beyond, if possible). He adds that even though it will be a different performance, "I would suggest by the end of the movie and the start of the next movie, it'll be more like what Patrick does." Good to see they're trying to keep a connection between the two franchises.
As a recap, First Class is about "how Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr met - and how they dreamt of a future with mutant and human kind." Shooting is already underway in England and Fox is already preparing to release this on June 3rd, 2011 next summer. In addition to McAvoy and Fassbender, it also stars January Jones, Kevin Bacon, Nicholas Hoult, Rose Byrne, Jennifer Lawrence, Oliver Platt, Lucas Till, Jason Flemyng, Zoë Kravitz, Morgan Lily, Edi Gathegi and many others. We'll keep you updated as shooting starts up this fall.