Bryan Singer took to Twitter earlier this week to announce that not only would the First Class cast be returning, but so would Sir Patrick Stewart and Sir Ian McKellen. The younger versions of Charles and Eric will probably come face-to-face with their older selves in X-Men: Days of Future Past. The Huffington Post caught up with Sir McKellen not long after the announcement and got his initial reaction to his X-return.
When asked if he had thought about returning to Magneto and if Bryan Singer, who he has worked with four times, swayed his decision to return:
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.
Sir McKellen went on to commend Michael Fassbender’s performance as Magneto in First Class saying he thought “he was exactly that: first class.” He went on to say that Fassbender was even better than his older version, but he didn’t feel threatened by it.
[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.
McKellen is certainly a class act. He has said on several occasions that he came back to The Hobbit more out of wanting to please the fans than anything else. It’s nice to see an actor, and a great one at that, try to do something to please the fans even if it isn’t something he is really crazy about. The possibility of seeing McKellen and Fassbender acting against each other is very exciting. What do you think about McKellen’s comments? Are you excited about the possible two Magnetos?
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Source : Huffington Post