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James McAvoy Helped Patrick Stewart Say ‘Goodbye’ to ‘X-Men’

In X-Men: Days of Future Past, fans will experience two different flavors of Charles Xavier: a younger version played by First Class actor James McAvoy, as well as original Xavier actor Patrick Stewart. The two performers will cross over for at least one scene in the movie, as the trailer previously indicated. According to Stewart, that shared screen time was particularly powerful for both actors.

“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 told The Wall Street Journal. “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 Charles 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.”

In contrast, Ian McKellen and Michael Fassbender’s two versions of Magneto won’t share the screen in Days of Future Past.

“I just stay by myself and I never meet my younger self,” McKellen said. “I think [Fassbender] made it clear that he wanted to be his own Magneto and that suits the nature of the story and his part in it.”

X-Men: Days of Future Past arrives on May 23, 2014.

(via SuperHero Hype)

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Comments

  • AirDave

    Oh, you! Nice headline!! Had me thinking that Patrick Stewart would be giving up his role as Professor Xavier. Cool story, though. Can’t wait to see the film!

  • Malsim

    Well I don’t expect there to be any other movie with the “old cast”. The storyline for Days of Future Past played wonderfully to have this chrossover of the cast but it will not happen again and, like it or not, the current big screen incarnation of the X-Men is McAvoy and Fassbender’s X-Men.

  • Guest

    Yeah, I think this will likely be the last time with Stewart/McKellan as Professor X/Magneto. I suspect something will happen plot-wise that leaves mostly the younger versions of characters carrying on.

  • TallBoy6t6

    Damn, I wanted “Dueling Magnetos” speeches.

    “WE ARE THE FUTURE!”
    “NOT THEM!”
    “THERE IS ONLY THE SUPERIOR GENE!”
    “THAT WAS GIFTED TO US!”
    “Look, I got this under control….”
    “Well, if you actually did it RIGHT then we could get on with it!”
    “To hell with you!”
    “No, you!”

  • Brian from Canada

    Not necessarily. Singer said this film fixes continuity errors from the last one. The real question for it would be salaries, and with Jennifer Lawrence most likely out after this one, I can see other characters coming in for Apocalypse — especially if they do the “time change woke him early” plot from “Age Of Apocalypse.” At that point, they could merge the casts and do a pretty decent job of keeping fans happy.