I don’t think anyone thought that Kevin Bacon would be appearing in a comic book movie any time soon, but thanks to Matthew Vaughn it is happening. Just like Michael Fassbender did earlier today, Bacon has given his first interview since joining X-Men: First Class in which he talks about his character Sebastian Shaw, and mentions the villain gets his own submarine.
What can you tell us about your character, Sebastian Shaw, and how he figures into the plot?
You don’t see much [of his backstory] in the movie, but he’s kind of a self-made man. He lost his father as a young man, made his first million by the time he was 30 and first billion by time he was 40. He’s a very powerful billionaire and also, as it turns out, a mutant. He’s the leader of the Hellfire Club, which is a nightclub for the rich and extremely powerful. And he has a plot to take over the world, so that’s really fun. He’s incredibly good at manipulating people and at taking whatever kind of energy or ability they have and using it to his advantage, like if he’s talking to a German, he’s fluent in German. He’s very charming and able to get whatever he wants.
Are you signed on to more than one film?
I am, but whether or not I end up in any more remains to be seen.
Matthew Vaughn was planning a big action scene in a rotating room, but scrapped it after he saw ‘Inception,’ and said he needed to go bigger. How has he topped it?
I’m trying to think what scene that was. I remember hearing something about that, but I’m not sure if that was online or actually from Matthew. But we do have a really, really super cool scene in a hall of mirrors and that’s going to be really spectacular.
The movie is set in the ’60s: Is Vaughn going for a swinging ’60s, James Bond look?
There is an element of that, certainly to my character. I’ve got some pretty nice pads and I’m kind of slick in that way. I don’t think it’s visually, in terms of camera moves, it’s not trying to recreate that. But it has an element of that. The set design is fantastic. I’ve only seen the sets that I’ve been on and they are really interesting and very ’60s modern and super cool, and beautiful. I have one set that’s kind of like an inner sanctum and then I also have a submarine; the inside of the sub has elements of my other set. I have my own set of style and wanted to translate it over to my board room and stuff. It’s great. I love the way it looks.
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Bacon also says he has a “newfound appreciation for those actors, Heath Ledger, Johnny Depp, Robert Downey Jr., and Hugh Jackman, that are able to work within this kind of genre with all the green screen and create great, memorable performances.”
It looks like 20th Century Fox are having the cast give interviews to a number of different outlets, so more will be coming over the next few days.