Singer Admits Rogue Has Been Cut from 'X-Men: Days of Future Past'
Let's get this news out of the way so it doesn't become an issue all throughout 2014. Director Bryan Singer has admitted to cutting out a character from X-Men: Days of Future Past and has cleared the air on the situation with Entertainment Weekly. Singer, currently editing the Marvel superhero film to prepare for release in May 2014, says he had to cut out the one major scene with the mutant Rogue, played by Anna Paquin from his earlier X-Men movies. Subsequently, "she won't appear in" X-Men: Days of Future Past at all. No Rogue, meaning we likely won't see her in the sequel, Apocalypse, either. Why cut her? He explains.
Here's the full quote from EW.com about why they cut Rogue. "She completely understood," Singer says. "It's very disappointing, but she's very professional and she knows that stuff happens... films evolve." Truth.
"Through the editing process, the sequence became extraneous," explains Singer. "It's a really good sequence and it will probably end up on the DVD so people can see it. But like many things in the editing process, it was an embarrassment of riches and it was just one of the things that had to go. Unfortunately, it was the one and only sequence Anna Paquin was in, the Rogue character was in. Even though she's in the materials and part of the process of making the film, she won't appear in it."
In the original Marvel comics, Rogue has the ability to absorb and sometimes also remove the memories, physical strength, and superpowers of anyone she touches. In the movies, they seem to focus solely on her ability to absorb and remove the superpowers of other mutants. "She did a fantastic job," Singer says of the one scene Anna Paquin appeared in. "She was awesome in the sequence. She’s a brilliant actress. I would work with her in a heartbeat." But alas she is getting cut out of this latest ensemble superhero movie. We've already seen one excellent teaser trailer, which did show Paquin as Rogue very briefly, but other than that the marketing is just kicking in for Days of Future Past. We'll be watching for updates. Are you worried?