X-Men Days of Future Past: Ian McKellen & Patrick Stewart Talk Returning to Franchise

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The X-Men: Days of Future Past cast were surely giddy when they all gathered, young and old, at Comic-Con, and from what we’ve seen so far from the film, they have every right to be. Director Bryan Singer has found a way to impeccably join the two worlds and give us two Magnetos, Ian McKellen and Michael Fassbender, and two Professor Xaviers, James McAvoy and Patrick Stewart.

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The Wall Street Journal managed to get the two X-Men veterans, McKellen and Stewart, together to shed a little light on their latest X-Men experience.

McKellen admitted what we had suspected, which is that Michael Fassbender and he do not share scenes as Magneto. “No I don’t. I just stay by myself and I never meet my younger self,” he admitted.

But their parallel worlds are clearly united… even if the two never talked specifically about the part. “I think he made it clear that he wanted to be his own Magneto and that suits the nature of the story and his part in it. And Bryan Singer clearly doesn’t mind that we’re, Fassbender and I, don’t look much like each other, although they have put out a poster where our faces are blended and you do a double take and think, oh my goodness, I didn’t know I was that good looking and then realize the bit that’s good looking is not me but Fassbender!”

Stewart was particularly taken with the opportunity provided that was that instantly iconic scene in the X-Men: Days of Future Past trailer where the two Professor Xs come face to face.

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“There was a certain happy charm about it, in that, when we shot that scene, it was James’ first day of work and it was my last day,” Stewart said. “So I was saying goodbye to X-Men and he was saying hello. James has seen everything I have done. I’ve seen everything he has done. He is illustrating a time in Xavier’s life which was very different from the time that I’ve been inhabiting in the previous three movies, and we just let that play out. I think we’ve both been looking forward to doing that scene immensely.”

Singer has said that the recently announced sequel to X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Men: Apocalypse, will focus primarily on the characters from X-Men: First Class, and for these two acting legends, it’s just as well. Although if the phone rang, they wouldn't say no! 

“Another X-Men movie has been announced and I said yes, yes, yes and they say no, no, no,” Stewart said, and then asked McKellen if he’d heard anything about it. “Has anybody called you, are you keeping something from me?”

“No, no, no, I know nothing about it. Which probably means we’re not in it,” McKellen admitted. 

X-Men: Days of Future Past hits theaters May 23, 2014… a date that cannot get here soon enough. 

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