*NEW YORK – Wednesday night the stars of “X-Men: First Class” converged on the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City for the premier of their film. This time around there is a whole new cast since this edition of the successful franchise is a prequel.
EUR asked the cast members what was their initial reaction when they won their prized parts.
Rose Byrne (Moira MacTaaggert) said, “I was nervous I think because it was sort of last minute. I was very excited to work with the cast.”
January Jones (Emma Frost) had a similar reaction.
“I was a bit nervous, to be honest. You know there’s a big responsibility in taking on a character that’s so beloved by the fans. So I wanted to try to do a good job. But, yeah, it happened very quickly for me, as well, so just a bit nervous about how physically.”
“I was a little bit surprised because I didn’t see myself as the archetypal Sir Patrick Stewart/Jean-Luc Picard professor of the Starship Enterprise [type],” James McAvoy (Charles) explained. “And that was quite a difficult one. I read the script – or the first forty pages that existed at the time – and I realized that actually we could take the character in a whole different direction and have a lot more fun with him. Make him a little bit more silly. And a little bit more drunk and a little bit more randy. And that was good fun. So I decided to go for that.”
Not mincing words, Michael Fassbender’s (Erik Lehnsherr) terse response was, “I was intrigued.” One of most talented actors of the stage and screen was the most modest. “I don’t know if this says something about my self-esteem, but the first thing I thought when they said, ‘They’re offering you X-Men’ was who fell out? [laughs]”
The progeny of Lenny Kravitz and former “Cosby Show” kid Lisa Bonet, Zoe Kravitz (Angel Salvadore/Wings), did not mince her words.
“I was f#&king excited.”
Lucas Till (Alex Summers/Havok) told Kravitz, “You kind of took my thunder,” and she (Kravitz) came back with, “Oh, I’m sorry.” But not to be outdone by Kravitz, Till tells how he really felt.
“I guess in a few words,” he shouts, “Holy sh*t! That was my initial reaction.”
“X-Men: First Class” opens in theaters next weekend.