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Jason Flemyng Cast as Azazel in Matthew Vaughn's New X-Men

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August 15, 2010
Source: Empire

Azazel

Now this is mainly for the hardcore comic fans. Empire caught up with Jason Flemyng at the "Movie-Con" the other day and got confirmation from the actor himself that he'll be appearing in X-Men: First Class. "Matthew showed me my costume just the other day. Now I swore I'd never be in heavy make-up again, but this role is going to involve it," he said. "I am Azazel, and I can teleport by waving my arms [gestures like a cross between a flamenco dancer and Bollywood star]." As comic fans already know, Azazel is a teleporting creature from another dimension who's also Nightcrawler's father. "Don't worry, we'll add the tail in post."

Flemyng is one of Vaughn's regulars, having appeared in all of his movies to date (he was the "Lobby Goon" in Kick-Ass or you'll recognize him as Thomas Button from The Curious Case of Benjamin Button). Empire confirmed with Flemyng that Azazel will be red Matthew Vaughn's upcoming X-Men movie, and Vaughn is sure people "can figure it out from the tail and pointed ears" that he's connected to Nightcrawler from Bryan Singer's X-Men 2 (who was one of my favorite characters). Otherwise, no one knows how big (or small) of a role Azazel has, but it's pretty damn cool to hear that he's in it and that a great actor like Jason Flemyng will be laying on tons of make-up for the part. I'm still excited for this new X-Men. Stay tuned for more updates!

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  • Xerxex
    He's good in any role, so this is good news.
  • NeoSlyfer
    Whoa that was a one off story from Uncanny X-Men are they serious ???
  • Logan's tear drenched pillow
    Must miss!
  • Day
    I may be wrong but if they are planning to release this next June, shouldn't they be already filming this already or risk being pushed back later into the later summer months? Either way I am expecting it to be an decent X Men movie.
  • coondawg
    WTF! of all the plots they are using a horrible, fan-hated, critically panned Chuck Austin story? Seriously? Terrible
  • nelson
    #5 yeah because FOX has totally followed the comics lol
  • Advocate
    @Day aka #4: They start filming this week! Sadly, they have yet to cast Cyclops and Jean Grey. @6: AGREED! @5: See #6 and really, this is Fox we're talking about. They couldn't even get the Fantastic Four right.
  • bk
    does this mean nightcrawler will be in the movie as well??
  • Scared S-less!!!
    Sorry but not on board with this at all. Good actor in a character that really is not interesting nor seems needed in overall story unless.... nightcrawler becomes one of the original x-men.... and if thats the case... how come he does not recognize Jean, Scott and Professor?! DAMMIT Fox... u've screwed already!!!!!!!
  • Spider94
    looks like another superhero mess again...

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