Summer Movie Guide 2011

‘X-Men: First Class’s James McAvoy Will Make Us Forget All About Patrick Stewart’s Xavier

Thursday, September 23 by

"Oops. Didn’t see you there. I was just posing naturally."

MTV met up with James McAvoy to talk about his upcoming turn as Professor X in Matthew Vaughn‘s X-Men: First Class. He knows that he has some large shoes to fill, as the role seemed tailor-made for Patrick Stewart, but he’s confident that he can bring his own touch to it.

"I’m basically going to try and bury Patrick’s performance. I think the fun about these films, when you go back and you either reboot or do a prequel, is you get to see how people became who they are. That means that you have to do them differently and by the end of the movie you have to do them the same way. The interesting journey is what happens to them, what changes them, what makes them evolve — not just mutate, but emotionally and psychologically evolve."

Oooo. Those are some tough words. I’d be careful what I say about Sir Patrick Stewart. The man is quick with a comeback after all.


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