James McAvoy is out promoting his new film “Gnomeo & Juliet” at the moment. Eric over at Cinema Blend got to converse with the British actor about the film, and, of course, got McAvoy to speak a little about his next offering – “X-Men : First Class”, in which he plays Professor Charles Xavier.
McAvoy says you’ll notice some differences between the Xavier of “First Class” to the Xavier of Bryan Singer’s “X-Men” (in which he played by Patrick Stewart).
“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.”
As for film’s reshoots, McAvoy says nothing extensive had to be tweaked – just some bits and bobs.
”We doing a tiny little tweak on the very end, finale thing between me and Michael [Fassbender], who plays Magneto. And we’re doing, what else are we doing? It’s all little bits and bobs and things that we dropped or didn’t know we needed or trying to fix a little scene here or there or tighten up a scene here or there. We’re doing a little bit on a boat at one point, which is going to be fun; then a lot of underwater stuff last week, which I can’t really tell you what it’s about, but it’s quite exciting. Just bits and bobs really.”
The site also took the opportunity to ask McAvoy about rumours he’ll be starring in Guillermo Del Toro’s “At the Mountains of Madness”.
“I don’t know anything about the story, but he’s an amazing director”, the actor responded. “I would be very lucky to be able to work with someone like that one day.”