Sir Ian McKellen may be on the rounds promoting The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey but given the recent news that he’ll be returning to the role of Magneto in X-Men: Days of Future Past it was only a matter of time before someone brought it up.
In a new interview the actor says he and Patrick Stewart “can’t believe it” having already handed the roles down to Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy, but they intend to “give them a run for their money” upon their return.
From The Huffington Post:
What a gas! I mean, Patrick Stewart and I have been have just been playing “Waiting for Godot” throughout England and in the West End of London. So, we’ve stayed in touch. We can’t believe it [laughs]. I thought these were Fassbender and McAvoy’s parts, but — no, no — we’re back. We’ll give them a run for their money. I mean, I haven’t read the script, so I don’t know how much we’ve got to do. But, to be back in that world, and for Bryan to be doing it — with all the success he’s had in the meantime — it’s wonderful. Wonderful.
What did you think of Michael Fassbender as Magneto in “X-Men: First Class”?
Yeah! I thought he was exactly that: first class. Excellent.
You never thought, Hey, I’ve got my eye on you. That’s my part.
[Laughs] No. No. I thought he was better than me. But, we weren’t quite playing the same character because he was so much younger than me. And the scope of Magneto, one day a Jewish actor will play it. Clearly, he’s Jewish. We first meet him in at Auschwitz and there’s scope for all sorts of people to pay Magneto. But, I was just the lucky guy who got to play him first.
Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen and Hugh Jackman will join James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, and Nicholas Hoult in the film, which is currently set to be released July 18, 2014. That’s the same day The Hobbit: There and Back Again is scheduled to hit screens, so it will be an interesting time for McKellen if neither film moves before then.