The X-Men series has had its share of ups and downs. While the first two films were fairly critically and financially successfully, the latter two were only financially successful. In fact, both X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men Origins: Wolverine were so reviled by fanboys that the sequels to both have been drastically overhauled.
Take, for example, X-Men: First Class. It’s a 1960s period film, with a class-act director in the form of Matthew Vaughan, and a badass cast to boot. They’ve even got Kevin Bacon, otherwise known as that guy from the six degrees of, who was recently confirmed as playing the sideburns-sporting Sebastian Shaw. Today, Kevin Bacon discusses the version of Sebastian Shaw we'll get in First Class.
While talking to Philadelphia Style about his life, his career, his passion for music, et cetera, Kevin Bacon let slip that he would be playing the Black King of the Hellfire Club, Mr. Sebastian Shaw. When asked what kind of work he’ll be doing for the role and whether or not it’ll require a lot of physical activity, Bacon said:
“I’ll let the younger actors do that. I’m more one of those sit-in-my-chair-and-destroy-the-world type of guys.”
The Hellfire Club as drawn by Adam Kubert
This seems to contradict the very nature of the comic book character’s mutant power: Shaw can absorb various forms of kinetic energy and transform that energy into incredible physical strength, speed, stamina, and healing ability for the purposes of beating the crap out of everybody.
Now, either this means that the filmmakers have altered the character to fit the film’s story, or it just means that the character will only briefly participate in action scenes – perhaps at the end of the movie. In the original Hellfire Club story, it was somewhat of a surprise when Shaw revealed that he could punch heads off with the best of them.
If I’m being honest here, Kevin Bacon would not have been my first choice for Shaw – I mean, there’s certainly no physical resemblance and Bacon doesn’t tend to carry himself like a nineteenth-century aristocrat. But that’s okay. Matthew Vaughan and company are clearly not strictly adapting any specific X-Men story (for details on what they are planning, go HERE). So long as they tell a top-notch tale of the X-Men, I’ll be beyond satisfied.
X-Men: First Class has already begun filming and hits theaters June 3rd, 2011.
Source: Philadelphia Style