James McAvoy was the first actor cast in Matthew Vaughn’s upcoming film, X-Men: First Class as Professor Charles Xavier, the founder of the X-Men and the most powerful psychic on the planet. No pressure there. Even though First Class takes place before the 2000 X-Men movie (in terms of chronology) Patrick Stewart originated the role, leaving McAvoy with some big shoes to fill. According to a recent interview the actor gave to MTV, he revealed that his Xavier won’t emulate Stewart’s. The character will be totally different…
Here’s what McAvoy had to say:
“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.”
This doesn’t mean that Xavier won’t have some similarities to the previous films and the comics.
“I would suggest by the end of the movie and the start of the next movie, it’ll be more like what Patrick does,” he added. “Or maybe not. Maybe it will still be in a period of flux, if there is a new movie.”
McAvoy’s Xavier will be in his late twenties, early thirties so we shouldn’t expect him to be a carbon copy of the experienced, 60 year old we saw in the other movies. To be completely honest, his interpretation of the role is the least of our worries. It’s those outlandish supporting characters that scares us, (Azazel, Darwin, Riptide really?).
What do you think of McAvoy’s vision for Xavier? Is he right?