James McAvoy Reveals the Epic Scope of ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’

The actor says this sequel is 20th Century Fox’s biggest production since ‘Avatar’. He discusses sharing the screen with Patrick Stewart.

James McAvoy teases the epic scope of X-Men: Days of Future Past
James McAvoy teases the epic scope of X-Men: Days of Future Past
While director Bryan Singer toils away in post-production on X-Men: Days of Future Past, star James McAvoy recently teased the massive scope of this sequel.

"There's an army of brilliant actors in that film. Bryan Singer is back at the helm. Potentially it's going to be the biggest, most epic X-Men they've ever had. I think it's the second biggest production Fox have ever embarked upon, behind Avatar. So they're definitely going for it. Bryan is very protective of the series. He did create it. He did help form that environment that allowed subsequent superhero movies to exist and thrive like they have done for the last however many years. Not to say that there weren't other superhero movies out at the time, but of that ilk, where it was OK to take it really seriously. He does take it really seriously. There's a kind or reverence about it, which I like. You want people to take it seriously. That's what he brings to it I think. And a safe pair of hands - you know you're in good hands."

The actor also talked about working with Patrick Stewart, who plays an older version of his Professor X character.

"His last day was my first day and that was it. Then we were done. But we did crossover and we do get a scene together. Getting to work with Hugh (Jackman) - who I christened Hugo Boss - was great. What he's like on camera when he's getting interviewed and you think he's the nicest man in show business - he is. He's amazing. The guy's got grace coming out of every single pore. If we could all be a bit more like Hugh it would be a very happy planet."

In 2011's X-Men: First Class, a majority of the actor's screen time was with Michael Fassbender's Magneto. However, James McAvoy said that isn't the case this time around.

"Getting to work with Michael (Fassbender) again was great. I spent a hell of a lot of time with Nick [Nicholas Hoult]. Weirdly the people that I spent the most time with acting-wise was not Michael this time, it was Hugh and Nick. And whilst I bemoaned the loss of my buddy Michael, it was more than made up for by the fact that Hugh and Nick are such amazing people."

X-Men: Days of Future Past was released May 23rd, 2014 and stars Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Nicholas Hoult, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page. The film is directed by Bryan Singer.

Sources: IGN

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  1. MovieManiac

    @undeadslayer4 I guess they are now?

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  2. undeadslayer4

    @mieko-siede oh i get what u mean its like kickass 1 and 2 that most of the critics hate it but the audience loves it so ur saying even though different people opinions are different but people are still curious if the next movie is gonna be good or not

    1 year agoby @undeadslayer4Flag

  3. Mieko_Siede

    @undeadslayer4 If that's how you see it. See, my singular opinion doesn't sway the majority in an industry like this. That's the beauty of interpretation and opinion. What I see as flawed and godawful you may see as a work of art. As long as there is enough of you to see it one way or at least be satisfied or willing to see what's next, then how I feel about it doesn't matter. However, it does leave me the option to decide whether or not I'm going to spend money to see it or forego it altogether. Because The Dark Knight trilogy or Iron Man were successful doesn't mean they were good in everyone's opinion. There were just more of us interested enough to see the chapters as they progressed than the ones that had everything negative to say about them. Some movies are viewed out of morbid curiosity and don't deserve the clout they get. And there are movies that are actually good but doomed before they have a start like Dredd. All because of preconceived notions.

    Everyone has an idea of what they'd like to see in their X-Men movie. People are going to continue to watch whether it be because they are fans or curious to see if cinematically it will ever be anything that resembles what they know. So yeah, as long as there is a willing audience that will either accept what is presented to them or will gripe but still anticipate seeing where the next installment will take them there will always be movies left up to debate whether they were truly good or bad. The moment it tanks at the box office or complaints become overwhelming a studio will continue to cash in as long as it can on a franchise.

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  4. undeadslayer4

    @mieko-siede so its the same with the dark knight and iron man trilogy

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  5. Mieko_Siede

    @undeadslayer4 Do you realize how many movies out there are terrible but still have maintained certain longevity? The success of a film has nothing to do with it's substance or lack thereof. As long as people will see it, it will be financed.

    @andrewchiba I agree with you. The cast and execution of their individual roles had a lot to do with the success of The Usual Suspects.

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  6. andrewchiba

    @mieko-siede, i agree, but i feel the only reason the usual suspects was any good had to do with the cast.

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  7. undeadslayer4

    @mieko-siede if xmen 1 and 2 were horrible it wouldnt be here today

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  8. undeadslayer4

    @moviemaniac66 wait a minute i thought they werent gonna do a part were both xaviers would meet

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  9. MovieManiac

    Makes sense. Everything has impressed me about this film so far.

    1 year agoby @moviemaniac66Flag

  10. Josh

    @andrewchiba Yeah, like those X-Men movies and The Usual Suspect, which were all highly critically-acclaimed. Hell, say what you will about Superman Returns, but even that was the best-reviewed Superman movie of the past 35 years.

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  11. andrewchiba

    apparently mcavoy as not seen the first two x-men and singer's other movies. because they are horrendous

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  12. Mieko_Siede

    I looked back at a few of these films thinking I may have been overly critical of them in the past. I realized something...they all contradict one another regardless of who was at the helm at any given film from X-Men to X3 to Origins and First Class they all conflict in the story telling. And to be quite honest the worst of them are the first two with so many story telling miscues and ridiculous plots. Wolverine as a character became more interesting and better acted throughout each one as he developed the rest just seemed so all over the place. And somehow the first two are the most coveted of the franchise surprisingly. I have never seen Brian Singer as a brilliant storyteller or director having basically squandered every other project with valiant efforts. The Usual Suspects to this day remains the only film of his I deem a classic. Eh, just my opinion though.

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