Ian McKellen Doesn’t Always Get The X-MEN Movie Plots


MagnetoWhether you like Fox’s take on the X-Men films or not, one thing that is hard to deny is that Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen as Prof. X and Magneto, respectively, are among the best cast characters in just about any comic book film. Both have brought class, emotion and years of experience to the franchise. Another thing they both bring to their roles is honesty. Sir Ian McKellen recently had a chat with EW, where he revealed some interesting bit of trivia.

“I don’t always understand the plots of these films until I actually see them with an audience,” he admitted.

x-men-days-of-future-past-magnetoI actually understand this. Sure, you have the script, but some folks are visual, like myself, and we do better when you have everything laid out in front of you. While filming, they rarely go in the same sequence as the plot and script read, so it could very easily all become quite jumbled and messy as you are filming. A bit of odd trivia, this is the exact reason that Sean Connery turned down the role of Gandalf, who McKellen also plays. He simply didn’t understand the story. So kudos to McKellen for setting that aside and still giving it his all. He also talks a bit about the upcoming Days of Future Past and reveals that the Magneto character is in good hands with Michael Fassbender.

“It’s all about going into the past, basically,” said McKellen. “And so I don’t get to go into the past. I don’t think I’m spoiling it by saying that. But we are there in the beginning when the plot is hatched.” Sir Ian was also quick to note that “Magneto is in very safe hands” with Michael Fassbender, who plays the younger version of the mutant.

I’m glad we are all on the same page in regards to Mr. Fassbender. We recently got an official look at the highly anticipated Days of Future Past trailer and just yesterday, director Bryan Singer broke the news that plans are already in motion for X-Men: Apocalypse, which will arrive in 2016. Joining Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart and Michael Fassbender in the upcoming sequel are cast members from both film franchises, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman, Ellen Page, Anna Paquin, Shawn Ashmore and Daniel Cudmore. Joining them are a few newcomers in Booboo Stewart, Omar Sy, Peter Dinklage and Fan Bingbing.


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