James McAvoy Chats About Prof. Xavier in X-Men: First Class

September 22, 2010
Source: MTV

James McAvoy / Charles Xavier

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.

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but the prequel does not make sense how the hell is Emma Frost a grown woman in the 60s but in Wolverine movie it has Emma Frost a teenage in the 70s. why they choose Havok his Cyclops little brother now in the future Havok is going to be older then Cyclops. they should of done X-Men 4 instead of a prequel eveyone know prequel always mess up with continuity of the previous movies.

tazz on Sep 23, 2010


#1 - I think that's because they're wisely trying to ignore the Wolverine movie, in much the same way Ryan Reynolds has said there will be no connection between the Deadpool film and his appearance in the justly maligned X-Men Origins guff. This is a prequel to Bryan Singer's two X-Men films - let's all pretend the Ratner version and the spinoff don't exist...

Mathieu on Sep 23, 2010


*shakes head* If only Marvel had control of the X-Men film franchises...what a grand, sprawling series of epic interconnected and continuity-friendly films we'd have. If you think the Avengers is big, just imagine if we'd had a series of movies about different X-Men (and different X-Men Teams) that came together in one of the classic X-Crossover Events on the big screen. Or for that matter, X-Men VS. The Avengers?? So very much potential. Maybe one day...

Outlaw on Sep 23, 2010


When it comes to telling a good story, re-introducing characters, or continuity...they ain't gonna let no crappy Wolverine movie get in the way. To bad Marvel cannot re-make the X-men, re-do dark phoenix, and have the Shi'ar and the Imperial Gaurd in the movie.

tivdatsun on Sep 23, 2010


Actually this movie started filming September 1st at Pinewood Studios in London. We've already seen photos of January Jones in costume as Emma Frost.

Webster on Sep 23, 2010


yea, i feel yall on the shame that marvel cant redo them. idk if they can honestly with whatever law stuff they had going on. but xmen 3 had so many high expectations, than ratner took over and jus crumbled it all in 90 mins. wolverine. i didnt hate so much, but the claws on wolverine looked so fake. i kno that its of course cgi, but could they have done any better??? idk, hopefully first class is good. looking forward to it, but not gonna be hyped until i see videos

KING on Sep 23, 2010


I'm not a fan of ole crotch rubbing Ratner But X3 was not his fault, that goes to the magnificent Douche Bryan Singer! Singer had Fox ready to do a to part sequel with 3 and 4 but then Synger said Hey screw it I'm doing Superman Returns witch left fox with a slot to fill and a desperate need for help, enter ratner everything tossed into his lap and no time to get it all straight. Now that being said Ratners films still suck for the most part.

Jimmy Love on Sep 23, 2010


I'm surprised this movie sounds so awesome. maybe after seeing what Vaughn could do after being let off the leash and the critical backlash of singer not doing X-men 3 Fox is finally just stepping back. nice photoshop Alex

silver on Sep 23, 2010


it may turn out to be an alright, entertaining flick... but everything about this "prequel" will have true comic readers crying with broken hearts -they're practically spitting on their targeted audience. These are not the X-Men I grew up with.

Kyle Morris on Sep 25, 2010

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