Actors often have to fib or otherwise keep mum to avoid accidentally confirming unsubstantiated Hollywood casting reports; take, for example, Jared Leto, who deftly tap danced around whispers and murmurs about him playing The Joker in Suicide Squad, only for Warner Bros. to confirm the news themselves. And while Benedict Cumberbatch waved off initial chatter about playing Doctor Strange for Marvel, well, we all know how that story turned out.
So when Welsh actor Taron Egerton first offered a vague response to gossip regarding a possible appearance as Cyclops in X-Men: Apocalypse, fans might have been tempted to take his words with a grain of salt. Of course he wouldn’t give a straightforward answer to a simple question; that’s just what actors do when they’re grilled about tentpole films. Taken to an extreme, his evasiveness might even have been read as tacit affirmation of his involvement in the film.
But Egerton has spoken about playing Cyclops again, and his newest statement on the matter just proves that speculation is as speculation does. In a recent interview with MTV UK about February’s Kingsman: The Secret Service, Egerton was asked once again about being cast in X-Men Apocalypse; this time, he left absolutely nothing to the imagination and replied with a resounding “no”. No fuss, no muss, and no room for lingering doubt.
Egerton waxes slightly more eloquent on the matter than that, but unless he has his fingers crossed in his lap, the message is still the same. Here’s the full quote from Egerton:
“No, I’m not doing X-Men. Yeah, I love the X-Men films, and I love that franchise, and I love the people who make them on and off screen, so yeah, I’d love to one day sometime but in this instance that rumor’s unfounded.”
For those who had high hopes in Egerton showing up in X-Men: Apocalypse, at least he leaves the door open for working on future entries in the franchise, but not this time. We’ll have to look for our next Cyclops elsewhere. Regardless, Egerton’s bluntness is welcome. The Internet has a way of spinning hearsay out of thin air, and it’d take some serious mental gymnastics to interpret his words here any way other than he intended them.
As a consolation prize of sorts, Egerton went on to say that if he could play any superhero, it would be Spider-Man. Funny that a character bound to an American city as iconic as New York City could prove so compelling for British actors; Andrew Garfield recently portrayed everyone’s favorite web-slinger in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, though after comments he made regarding the film’s production, he may not do so again. In fact, the future of the Spider-Man movie franchise in general is somewhat up in the air for the time being.
Egerton doesn’t elaborate much as to why Spidey is his top pick, but common threads between the Spider-Man films and Kingsman: The Secret Service – a sense of humor, high-flying athleticism, power and responsibility – might explain his enthusiasm.
This raises a really obvious question about Spider-Man on the big screen, particularly if Garfield does hang up the tights for good; Egerton, however, thinks Garfield played Peter Parker so well that there’s no point following in his footsteps. In other words, best not to take Egerton’s note here as anything more than appreciation for the character. That’s just how rumors get started.
Kingsman: The Secret Service opens in theaters on February 13th, 2015; X-Men: Apocalypse will premiere on May 27th, 2016.
Source: MTV UK