It’s been an insane week for X-Men: First Class news, from official image releases to interviews to controversy and so forth. The pictures, so far, have got fans wondering: Is First Class going to be another X-Men 3: The Last Stand? Or are we in for something better?
In the wake of such questions, Matthew Vaughn has made the interview rounds and released some images of his own – perhaps as a means of damage control? Regardless, over the weekend, he spoke in great detail with Entertainment Weekly about the type of movie we’re in store for.
According to Vaughn, First Class is as much a spy movie as it is superhero movie:
“[It’s] X-Men meets Bond, with a little bit of Thirteen Days thrown in for good measure. […] [The movie] starts in 1942, and then works its way up to 1962 […] I basically molded a young Magneto on a young Sean Connery. He’s the ultimate spy — imagine Bond, but with superpowers. […] I’ve been watching Fassbender [who plays Magneto] for a long time, and I knew the guy was going to pop as a movie star. He read it and knocked it out of the park, and the rest of the cast just fell in around them.
Unsurprisingly, while Magneto will be a man of action, Professor X will be much the opposite:
“[You’ll see] Xavier become a professor. For me, Magneto is the good guy in the film, but he’s a sort of a good bad guy. He literally kicks off the movie, and Xavier goes along on the ride trying to figure out what the hell is going on, and trying to persuade Erik that you don’t have to kill everyone. […] Professor X is a very hard character to cast. Out of all the characters, he’s the dullest if you really think about it. He’ll be in a wheelchair eventually, and he’s sort of a sanctimonious preacher half of the time. Patrick Stewart brought so much to that role, and I needed to get an actor who could do the same — who could give him a fourth dimension that’d make him sparkle. James [McAvoy] was literally at the top of the list, and he said yes, so I got my first actor very quickly.”
As for fan concerns that the movie might not reflect the source material to the appropriate degree:
“[…] I could tell those fans that they’re wrong. One thing about the X-Men world is that, if you know your X-Men universe, every writer reinvented the storyline. I did my research, and none of the histories of the characters make any sense. Each writer just totally changed the history to make their plot work. So I can quite safely say that X-Men has a history of reinventing its history for the sake of the plot.
And for everyone who loves teen angst in their superhero movies:
“It’s got a lot of teenage angst. The Twilight girls will like it.”
I have to say, the idea of a 1960s Bond-esque X-Men film has me far more interested in First Class than I was three days ago. Vaughn’s definitely a capable director – I’ve enjoyed all of his movies to some extent, jet-packs notwithstanding (see: Kick-Ass). When left to his own devices, without, say, an impossible time restraint forced upon his person by the studio, this could be a fantastic and interesting movie. That said, it’s hard not to smell a certain desperation in the way that Vaughn has been talking to anyone who will listen about just how swimmingly his X-movie’s going. Baghdad Bob, anyone?
X-Men: First Class hits theaters June 3rd, 2011.
Source: Entertainment Weekly
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