McAvoy Talks “X-Men,” “Mountains”

Out doing press for “Gnomeo and Juliet”, Scottish actor James McAvoy has spoken in detail about his role as Professor X in the upcoming 60’s prequel “X-Men: First Class” and more specifically how it differs from Patrick Stewart’s take on the character in the other films.

McAvoy dropped the following quote to Cinema Blend about his approach to the character:

“You look at the kind of main, defining characteristics of Professor X, of Charlie Boy, and you go, ‘Alright, he’s selfless. He’s a saint. He’s sexless, it seems. He’s egoless. He’s all about other people. He’s all about bettering the world and mutantkind and humankind.’ And so you kind of try and flip that on its head. You don’t make him an evil person, or anything like that, but you make him ego-driven, women-chasing, he likes a good drink. He’s not the reluctant leader that you kind of want all heroes to be. He actually kind of wants to be in charge, you know what I mean? And all of those things, just to kind of show a journey. So by the end of the movie he’s some way towards becoming Patrick Stewart[‘s version of the character], rather than just having the same guy at the beginning.”

McAvoy also confirmed that Wolverine doesn’t appear in the film, and that initially the character was going to be bald, but the studio vetoed the idea. Presently they’re doing reshoots with three key scenes in particular being worked on – a lot of underwater scenes shot last week, some tweaking of the final scene featuring him and Magneto, and a scene set on a boat.

McAvoy was also asked about whether he had been approached to star in Guillermo Del Toro’s adaptation of H.P Lovecraft’s “At The Mountains of Madness” to which he responded “Not at all. Not at all.” Asked if he would be interested, he says “I don’t know anything about the story, but he’s an amazing director. I would be very lucky to be able to work with someone like that one day.”