James McAvoy Calls New X-Men Movie "Biggest, Most Epic" Yet
The young Professor X discusses acting opposite Patrick Stewart.
IGN caught up with James McAvoy this week to discuss his brilliant new film Filth, and while we had the Trance star cornered, we fired a few questions at him about X-Men: Days of Future Past, the time-travelling superhero sequel in which his Professor X finally comes into contact with Patrick Stewart’s.
You’ve just finished the movie – how was the experience?
James McAvoy: There’s an army of brilliant actors in that film. Bryan Singer is back at the helm. Potentially it’s going to be the biggest, most epic X-Men they’ve ever had. I think it’s the second biggest production Fox have ever embarked upon, behind Avatar. So they’re definitely going for it.
What has Bryan brought to proceedings?
McAvoy: Bryan’s very protective of the series. He did create it. He did help form that environment that allowed subsequent superhero movies to exist and thrive like they have done for the last however many years. Not to say that there weren’t other superhero movies out at the time, but of that ilk, where it was OK to take it really seriously. He does take it really seriously. There’s a kind or reverence about it, which I like. You want people to take it seriously. That’s what he brings to it I think. And a safe pair of hands – you know you’re in good hands.
What was it like getting to share the screen with Patrick Stewart?
McAvoy: His last day was my first day and that was it. Then we were done. But we did crossover and we do get a scene together. Getting to work with Hugh [Jackman] – who I christened Hugo Boss – was great. What he’s like on camera when he’s getting interviewed and you think he’s the nicest man in show business – he is. He’s amazing. The guy’s got grace coming out of every single pore. If we could all be a bit more like Hugh it would be a very happy planet.
What about the rest of the ensemble?
McAvoy: Getting to work with Michael [Fassbender] again was great. I spent a hell of a lot of time with Nick [Nicholas Hoult]. Weirdly the people that I spent the most time with acting-wise was not Michael this time, it was Hugh and Nick. And whilst I bemoaned the loss of my buddy Michael, it was more than made up for by the fact that Hugh and Nick are such amazing people.
Ian McKellen recently officiated at Patrick Stewart’s wedding – do you and Michael have a friendship like that?
McAvoy: Oh really? [Laughing] That makes me sick. It makes me f**king sick. Put it away. I’m only joking – it’s nice, it’s really nice. One of the things about this industry is that relationships can be quite transient – they come and go. Just by the nature of the fact that your job changes every three months. And to see that they’ve been friends for the last 14 years because of a job makes me feel a lot more hopeful about the relationships that I create.
So might you officiate at a Fassbender wedding someday?
McAvoy: I don’t know. You’ll have to ask Michael about that!
X-Men Days of Future Past hits screens worldwide next Summer, while Filth hits UK screens on Friday.