Bonus content from behind the scenes of X-Men: Apocalypse continues to trickle out and reveal more about the making of the movie as its Blu-ray release approaches. Recent concept art releases revealed that Bolivar Trask was originally in the movie, that Elle Fanning had her own unique look as one of the original candidates to play Jean Grey, and that Alexandra Shipp as Storm could have looked much closer to the punk rock version in the Uncanny X-Men comic books.
Unreleased footage that did not end up in the movie, including deleted scenes featuring Lana Condor as Jubilee, are being unveiled now as well. There’s also content that was never intended for the actual movie in the first place, like a retro-style video promoting Charles Xavier’s School For Gifted Youngsters and a new blooper reel that surfaced online in recent days showing the merrier side of the mutants.
The eight-minute blooper reel showcases moments from practically the entire cast of X-Men: Apocalypse enjoying themselves on set and handling their mistakes in jovial fashion. It opens with a shot of James McAvoy as Charles Xavier in a closed elevator with several others who apparently couldn’t hear “Action!” or anything else the filmmakers were saying to them. Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique does a good job containing herself as Beast (Nicholas Hoult) exuberantly goofs off with his lines.
Michael Fassbender also has plenty of moments in the reel, mostly delivering absurd deadpans like “Extreme Pat-A-Cake” to elicit reactions from his colleagues on set. One particularly funny moment occurs when Fassbender as Erik Lensherr exits from a scene with McAvoy as Professor Xavier muttering, “I love your body.” McAvoy holds a straight face and responds, to himself, with “I love my body, too. Every Tuesday night. And I think of you.” In-between is an array of crack-ups and mishaps, ranging from actors flubbing their lines to stunt scenes going off the rails.
It’s easy to be amused by humorous outtakes from otherwise serious movies. Making movies like X-Men: Apocalypse ought to be a lively, enjoyable experience, and the actors shown in the blooper reel mostly look to be enjoying themselves on set — unless you’re Rose Byrne, who could barely stand up in the shoes she was wearing for a particular scene.
The indirect drawback that can arrive from something like a blooper reel for X-Men: Apocalypse is that, for many audiences, the movie did not quite live up to the standards of Days of Future Past and these clips could give the impression that a full effort was not given. However, the acting was not necessarily the issue with Apocalypse in the first place, which could indicate that the actors actually benefited from a somewhat loose atmosphere that contributed to material for the blooper reel.
X-Men: Apocalypse debuted on Digital HD on September 9 and will be released on Blu-ray on October 4, 2016.
Source: 20th Century Fox