James McAvoy is in one of the most astounding parts of that X-Men: Days of Future Past trailer. When his Professor Xavier goes face-to-face with Patrick Stewart’s Professor Xavier, it is a chill-inducing moment. McAvoy was walking the red carpet for an event recently and gave some incredible insight into what it is about playing Professor Xavier that keeps him challenged and makes it truly a thrill.
“The personal pleasure for me in X-Men: First Class was presenting a Charles Xavier to the fans, but also a new audience, who’s very different from the Charles that you expected,” McAvoy said.
“But he was still very sort of ‘Everything’s going good!’ in the second movie. I get to present another version of Charles Xavier who’s still very different from the Charles that used to exist, but he’s also remarkably different from the Charles in First Class as well.”
McAvoy sees it as a challenge and a benefit to the audience and fans of the series that this is a character who is very much still an enigma. “What’s great is that even though it’s a sequel, even though it’s a franchise, I keep getting to reinvent Charles Xavier and that’s amazing,” McAvoy said.
“I’ve got to do it twice now, because the Charles in this film is unrecognizable from the Charles in the last film as well as unrecognizable from the Charles played by Patrick Stewart, who I then get to face up to. That’s sort of theatrical almost. It’s like we’re playing a game with the audience saying, ‘Look at the many faces of Charles-Patrick-Stewart-Xavier-McAvoy.’ It’s really good fun.”
X-Men: Days of Future Past hits theaters May 23, 2014 and cannot get here soon enough. And as for the Bryan Singer-announced sequel X-Men: Apocalypse, McAvoy was truly caught off guard. “I only heard about it this morning,” he admitted. And since he is contracted for three movies, look for McAvoy to return as Charles Xavier for a different incarnation in that one due in 2016.