While on the rounds promoting animated feature Gnomeo and Juliet James McAvoy was asked questions on X-Men: First Class, which we got our first look at this week. McAvoy spoke about the journey Xavier goes on during the film, and talked about the current re-shoots which will change the ending slightly.
From Cinema Blend:
“You look at the kind of main, defining characteristics of Professor X, of Charlie Boy, and you go, ‘Alright, he’s selfless. He’s a saint. He’s sexless, it seems. He’s egoless. He’s all about other people. He’s all about bettering the world and mutantkind and humankind.’ And so you kind of try and flip that on its head. You don’t make him an evil person, or anything like that, but you make him ego-driven, women-chasing, he likes a good drink. He’s not the reluctant leader that you kind of want all heroes to be. He actually kind of wants to be in charge, you know what I mean? And all of those things, just to kind of show a journey. So by the end of the movie he’s some way towards becoming Patrick Stewart[‘s version of the character], rather than just having the same guy at the beginning.”
“We’re doing a tiny little tweak on the very end, finale thing between me and Michael [Fassbender], who plays Magneto. And we’re doing, what else are we doing? It’s all little bits and bobs and things that we dropped or didn’t know we needed or trying to fix a little scene here or there or tighten up a scene here or there. We’re doing a little bit on a boat at one point, which is going to be fun; then a lot of underwater stuff last week, which I can’t really tell you what it’s about, but it’s quite exciting. Just bits and bobs really.”
I doubt we will see Xavier acting like a party animal, but we’ve already seen set videos of him walking arm in arm with Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) whilst being followed by Dr. Moira MacTaggert (Rose Byrne), so he’ll probably be getting more female attention than what Patrick Stewart’s Xavier received. I quite like this character arc as we will get to see why Xavier is the way he is in the trilogy, and that he hasn’t always been an intelligent, wise leader since birth.
Matthew Vaughn’s X-Men: First Class will be released June 3rd and also stars Michael Fassbender as Magneto, Nicholas Hoult as Beast, January Jones as Emma Frost and Kevin Bacon as Sebastian Shaw.