The beloved characters from the original X-Men film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from the past, X-Men: First Class, in order to change a major historical event and fight an epic battle that could save our future. A few of the leading actors in the film are Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, Ellen Page as Kitty Pryde, James McAvoy as Charles Xavier and Patrick Stewart as Professor X.
For Jackman the making of this film felt like two films. “It was like an incredible reunion for all of us then on came the younger more inexperienced actors,” jokes Jackman. “This film has always had a great bond from the beginning and I felt like [with the rest of the cast] everyone is very passionate and takes it very seriously but has a lot of fun. And I say this absolutely sincerely, I was never sure if it would be possible to fill the shoes of Ian and Patrick and what they did in X-Men. When I saw 1st class I realized these guys did it with such confidence. Not only did they feel like the more inexperienced versions of those characters, but they have also made it their own.”
Page also felt the cast was “extraordinary” in everyway. “One minute I’m watching Patrick [Stewart] deliver a monologue over and over and over again and its just blowing your mind and your just inspired by it completely, then the next you are spending your day with the loveliest [actors] who are sweet and generous and funny,” says Page. “It just makes everyday a joy.”
The one scene that stands out in the film is where Professor X confronts his younger self telepathically through Wolverine. Older and younger Charles Xavier are sitting nose to nose. Behind the scenes it was just another day at the office for the actors.
“It was in a sense a no brainer that was staged,” says Stewart. “If it had been on a set where we could have gone and poured cocktails, opened the window, had a cigarette it would have been a very different kind of scene. I’m not quite sure how it came about how we were nose to nose like that, but I can’t think of any other possible way to make the scene work because you are looking into the eyes of yourself. It was James’ first day on set working and my last day of work on the movie. I mean my bags were packed and I was ready to get out of Dodge. I don't recall rehearsing it. We knew the lines and they rolled the camera and it was 40 minutes work as I can recall. I shouldn't have said all that. I should have said we worked on it for weeks.”
McAvoy was eagerly awaiting the day he got to shoot with Stewart. “I’ve been a fan of Patrick’s for long long years. I’ve been watching him for 7 years in ‘Star Trek.’ So getting to do my version of a character that he’s been in charge of for 14 years at his face was quite nerve racking. You have two choices, you can be nervous and let it overcome you or get quite excited.”
Check out these characters as well as the rest of the X-Men team in X-Men: Days of Future Past in theaters now.