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Sunspot Actor Adan Canto Burned Through Comics In Prep For Role

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Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past has so many mutants, it might be hard to keep up on who’s who. In fact, some of the actors weren’t familiar with their characters going into the film. Adan Canto, who plays Sunspot, was one such performer, but that didn’t stop him from doing some research. Fandango was on hand when Canto talked a bit about how he used the source material to research his character.

Canto admitted that he wasn’t familiar with comics before getting the role, but did jump into the world of New Mutants in preparation for the part. “It wasn’t entirely a new world because I had followed the previous movies, but I did jump into the comic books world a bit to understand: Who is this guy? What’s his life like?” Canto said. “I just find I work better that way when I understand what’s in his mind, where he’s coming from. I pretty much took most of the things I read and I brought them to the table. He’s a fiery guy. There’s a lot of passion with Sunspot – a lot of experiences that brought him to want to explode all the time, but he’s a positive guy. There was just a lot of material – very helpful!”

Canto also praised director Bryan Singer’s ability to see the whole film in his head during production. “It’s inspiring to see somebody that knows exactly what he wants, and he sees it in his mind,” he said. “When you’re working with him, you can see the whole game plan in his head, and just to make things work the way he makes them work is great. And to be a part of that as an actor and simply as a person in this industry, it was just a great learning experience to take things to the next level.”

X-Men: Days of Future Past opens on May 23.


  • Mike McTighe

    Lot of research for what probably amounts to a line and a half of dialogue.

  • aneesh raikundalia

    it still shows his drive and love for the line of work he is in

  • Misanthropic Humanist

    sunspot is NOT white. he’s HISPANIC.

  • Scratch89

    So is the actor. Duh.

  • PrepKid

    Sunspot was a Dark skinned Hispanic tho

  • T. Hakeem

    Dude… Canto’s Mexican.

  • Blade X

    More specifically, Sunspot is a dark skinned Afro Brazilian. He’s not Hispanic, he’s Latino.

  • G-Evil

    Roberto DaCosta is Brazilian hence Portuguese

  • ElDiabloConCamara

    Hopefully he’ll kill Quicksilver in the first 3 minutes of the movie so we won’t have to see that horrible suit anymore

  • Blade X

    And Sunspot is a dark skinned Afro Brazilian and speaks Portuguese. They got a light skinned actor to play a dark skinned black character. I might let the casting of Canto slide if he is at the very least part black (which he might be since many Mexicans are part black/are of black African descent), but as far as I know, he is not (or won’t admit to it).

  • thales

    Just repeat after me: Hollywood does not do whitewashing, Hollywood does not do whitewashing… you might believe it one day /s

  • Banon

    I hate the costume. Sunspot has such a cool look in the comics when he uses his powers.

  • MyScienceCanBeatUpYourGod

    Makes it that much more crucial to get that line-and-a-half right then

  • T. Hakeem

    Ah, see I feel stupid. As I read your reply, Sunspot from X-Men: Evolution popped into my head. Its odd that they wouldn’t cast an Afro-Brazilian actor in the role (unless Canto was just THE guy they wanted to play ‘Spot), as far as I know matched the other new mutants. .

  • Mike McTighe

    Not hating on him, I’m sure he’s excited to have the opportunity, just yutzing on sharing the screen with 25+ other characters.

  • RussBurlingame

    Yeah, but I’m thinking that he and his alternate-timeline cohorts (Blink, Bishop, etc.) will play a big role in either APOCALYPSE or X-FORCE coming soon.

  • lewis4510

    A forgettable character just like Quicksilver’s going to be. Whose only in this to mess with Marvel.

  • taozen

    He has the hair but he does not look like Sunspot. Especially if you think about his powers originally manifested. He got into a fight with the opposing team’s soccer players who attacked him because of his dark skin. He should be way darker than that. But that happen in the X-Men. I mean Halle Berry is playing Storm. SMH.

  • Dalarsco

    With that amount of dedication they better put him in X-Force, though I expect a sadly more contemporary lineup.

  • chien_clean

    That doesn’t look like Sunspot.

  • Angel Colon

    berto without sam is sad as hell

  • DemiGeek

    No, he was mixed race, his father was Afro-Brazilian and his mother was White Brazilian. Also he’s been drawn many ways by many different artists over the years, some have drawn him very light skinned, some very dark. It could be that Adan Canto was just the best person who auditioned.

  • Derek Metaltron

    Well apparently Apocalypse will just be the First Class crew (together with Logan who conviently remains in the 70’s). I honestly doubt we’ll see much of the original crew and the new lot in the future after this film.

  • Derek Metaltron

    I suspect X-Force will be a combo of the original and Rick’s Uncanny lineup. So Logan (duh), Cable, Psylocke, Domino, possibly Deadpool, maybe Famomex? I think the guy involved said it’s a six person team he has in mind.

  • RussBurlingame

    We’ll see. I have heard the same things as you but I can see the value to X-Men not being a period piece exclusively and think the X-Force movie they’ve announced will be set in the present.

  • Blade X

    You do realize that in Brazil (like in most Latin American country’s) that a persons “race” is determined solely by their skin color regardless of the race or color of the skin of their parents. So just because his mother came out looking white doesn’t necessarily mean that she is white (she could be a fair skin woman of black African descent). The same goes for his father (who could be of white European descent). In fact most, if not all, Brazilians are of mixed race (black African,brown natives,and white Europeans), just like most African Americans. In his first appearance, Sunspot was attacked solely because he was black. So just because some incompetent editors/colorists allowed him to be colored lighter than he is supposed to be (which has mainly started happening over the last several years) doesn’t justify him being played by a light skinned Latino.

  • Sully

    Mark Millar said a 5 person team but that was before the script had even been written. If 5 I suspect Cable, Psylocke, Domino, Deadpool and someone from DOFP.

  • Joseph William Russo

    He’s right.

  • Joseph William Russo

    Exactly, how do we have Sunspot and no Cannonball, can someone explain this to me?