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James McAvoy Talks About Being Professor X

He wants to "bury" Patrick Stewart's portrayal.

 He does certainly have Xavier's piercing gaze.

We’ve known, for a while, that James The KillerMcAvoy will be playing a younger “Chuck X” in X-MEN: FIRST CLASS, but we’ve yet to hear the Scotsman talk about his take on the X-Men’s founder. Until now, at least. While talking to MTV recently, McAvoy discussed his plans to “bury Patrick Stewart’s performance.”

Relax. He was joking.    

Speaking more seriously, the man once known as Mr. Tumnus did say that he wanted to try his own ideas for the character instead of just simply modeling his portrayal after the man also known Captain Picard. This is Xavier at a different point in his life, after all, and considering how drastically people can evolve (without even gaining mutant powers), he’s basically going to be a different character.

So spoke Mr. McAvoy…

"I think the fun about these films, when you go back and you either reboot or do a prequel, is you get to see how people became who they are… That means that you have to do them differently and by the end of the movie you have to do them the same way. The interesting journey is what happens to them, what changes them, what makes them evolve — not just mutate, but emotionally and psychologically evolve. I would suggest by the end of the movie and the start of the next movie, it'll be more like what Patrick does… Or maybe not. Maybe it will still be in a period of flux, if there is a new movie."

When this movie was first being discussed, I was honestly a little leery of seeing a movie where Xavier’s the main character. Is he an important part of the mythos? Absolutely.   Is there a wealth of back-story that could be explored? Certainly.  But you’ll be hard-pressed to find anybody who lists Prof. X as one of their favorite X-Men.  Doing a movie about him is equivalent to doing a movie entirely about Alfred or Jor-El. == TEASER ==

That being said, considering how strangely this movie is shaping up, and how McAvoy's putting forth some ideas here that’ll make Xavier more interesting as a leading man, I’m definitely willing to give him a bigger benefit of the doubt.

He also brings up the possibility that FIRST CLASS might be the start of a series of its own. If you can fill ten seasons with stories about Superman before he’s Superman, do you figure we can have an entire trilogy about the X-Men before the X-Men are ever formed?

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Posted by Sobe Cin

Boyo sounds smart. I am still anticipating this movie. Yes a few things have me curious especially with the fact that it is set in the 1960's and the inclusion of certain characters. But I will refrain from detracting the film before I see it. I just wish they could have included Cain Marko in the cast. And Have that kind of relationship with the professor. Not to mention Moira's husband.
Posted by mickoreo_LZ

@Sobe Cin:
I agree that he does sound pretty intelligent, plus Prof. X is a fairly intelligent character so it'll be interesting to see McAvoy's portrayal. I wonder what will be better, Wolverine 2 or First Class

Posted by jordama

comparing xavier to alfred seems a little harsh. Xavier is incredibly dynamic, the boundaries he set for himself and when he has had to break them alone are interesting. the level of power that he has and has never wanted to use created a very intriguing character and with a character like Darwin in the movie we may see some of his lapses in judgement reflecting his actions during deadly genesis.
Posted by Mumbles

stewert was made to be profess.X.  this kid will mess it up.

Posted by johnny_spam

I liked Kick-Ass and Stardust so I'll give it a shot I am not a huge X Men fan so the differences in backstory do not mean as much to me. 

Posted by Dr. Detfink

Whenever you hear anyone say, "I've got my own ideas for the character..." that means they Never read the comic book, don't care about continuity, and just want their ego driven performance to shine above the meaning of the character. 
He's a good looking lad but we'll see how this works out. 

Posted by theiconic

they ruined the xmen

Posted by ateygheyev

They can't do much more to screw up the X franchises.  So if he does a great job, then its all gravy.

Posted by SupremoMaximo

Change number one...  Professor X will have cloven hooves and play a flute

Posted by Joe_E_Nigma

i don't think X Men Origins Wolverine was bad. it was stupid fun. it wasn't anything different from watching Live Free or Die Hard with a superpowered Bruce Willis. I like the X Trilogy too, except for the second film, i thought that one was very boring, the problem is they've written themselves into a mess, in Origins prof. X still looks like Patrick Stewart, and he can walk, if they cripple him in this movie it would make the mess bigger. i'm still not clear on if this is a prequel or a reboot? is there an official word on that? 

Edited by BuddyBulson

im excited about this, i also heard SYNCH has joined the cast too. as a small part played by Tony Rich.

Posted by goldenkey

the dude can act.  He'll be fine.  The script on the other hand is gonna suck.

Posted by GothamBat

I am now looking forward to one day seeing an Alfred movie...

Posted by Wildish

I can't wait to see this film, I wonder who the big bad is in this, I hope they'll feature Apocalyspe in a future X-movie (prehaps played by the Rock?)
Posted by DH69

probably wont be hard, people are gonna be mocking this movies for years to come

Posted by jstarzyk

Sheldon Cooper, on the Big Bang Theory, lists Professor X as one of his top 3 favorite X-Men. :p

Posted by TheMess1428

I'd watch an Alfred movie.

Edited by ArtisticNeedham

A movie about Alfred or Professor X would be interesting, when Marvel was doing those comics about how characters became who they are, like the Punisher one, I wanted one of Professor Xavier.  To see his homelife with his mother and father and brother Cane.  And how he got his powers, met Magneto, and formed the X-Men and all that.  In fact it would be similar to the idea of Smallville.
hey, CW could do that for its Smallville replacement.  Alfred!  Show Alfred Pennyworth before he was Batman's butler. 
He goes from working for the Queen's military and secret survive, to working for the Waynes and then Batman.  That would be interesting to see, even if its a solo comic about the life of Alfred.

Posted by ComicCrazy

Honestly McAvoy sounds like the only good pick for the character and January Jones is ok as Emma but everyone else I have never heard of before and it's not just that it's the fact that they don't even look like the characters they are playing. I am really on the fence about this movie and will probaly be like that until I see the movie.
Posted by Eyz

I still would have prefered if Fox just let the rights go back to Marvel so THEY could make a good X-men movie...
Enough lackbusters 20th Century Fox!
(yes I'm looking at those cheap entries in famous franchise, X-men 3, Daredevil, Elektra, Fantastic Four, Rise of the Silver Surfer, AVP, AVP2, Die hard 4, etc..)

Posted by Sobe Cin
watch the extended cut for Daredevil. Much better film and its explains alot about what is going on.
Posted by Renee

Oh my dear sweet Tumnus.

Posted by ImBatshitCrazy
@Renee said:
" Oh my dear sweet Tumnus.

Lol. Can't wait to see "Wes Gibson" bald.