James McAvoy Talks About The Reinvention Of Charles Xavier In DAYS OF FUTURE PAST

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X-Men "Days of Future Past" poster -- exclusive EW.com imageYou might have forgotten that Days of Future Past hasn’t come out yet considering all the hubbub about X-Men: Apocalypse, the Days of Future Past sequel is already scheduled for a 2016 release. Days of Future Past is indeed happening and director Bryan Singer is hard at work in the editing room finishing things up. James McAvoy recently talked about the overlooked X-film while on the red carpet at the British Independent Awards. The younger Charles Xavier touched on the many changes faces of the character and how he has been reinvented again for this film.

When asked what most excited him about coming back to the X-Men universe in terms of exploring Professor Charles Xavier by Red Carpet News TV, McAvoy said the ever changing nature of Xavier is something that excites him as an actor. While Patrick Stewart gets to play a different Xavier, he gets to play two different Xaviers when you look at First Class and Days of Future Past:

Really, just to me, the personal pleasure in First Class was presenting Charles Xavier to the fans, and also a new audience, who was very different from the Charles that you expected. It was still very…everything is going good. In the second movie I get to present another version of Charles Xavier who is still very different from the Charles that used to exist, but he’s also remarkably different from the Charles from First Class is well.
What’s great is that even though it’s a sequel, even though it’s a franchise, I keep getting to reinvent Charles Xavier and that’s amazing. I’ve got to do it twice now. The Charles in this film is unrecognizable from the Charles in the last film, as well as unrecognizable from the Charles played by Patrick Stewart who I then get to face up to. Theatrically almost, it’s sort of like we’re playing a game with the audience. Look at the many faces of Charles/Patrick Stewart/Xavier/McAvoy. It’s really good fun.

While in a different red carpet interview McAvoy admitted that he knew nothing about Apocalypse and only learned about the film that morning, he did say he was happy to return. The actor was asked if he would like to return and explore yet another side of Xavier, he said “I’m contracted to do so, and yes I would.” If the rumors about Apocalypse focusing on the First Class set of characters are true, there’s a lot more for McAvoy to explore with ol’ Charles. What do you think about the actor’s comments?


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