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Vaughn Talks X-Men: First Class
Playing catch-up, but 'it's working'

03 February 2011  |  Written by Helen O'Hara  |  Source: Exclusive

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Our man Chris visited the set of X-Men: First Class to keep an eye on what director Matthew Vaughn and his team are up to, and he's got a few tidbits from the visit in the latest issue of Empire. Not least his thoughts on casting his leads, and the promise that this still looks like being a franchise.

Vaughn himself talks about his reasons for taking the job. "I've always wanted to do a movie set in the '60s. The difference is that now I have experience. On X3 [which he was at one point set to direct] it was cast and I just had to tell the story. Here we have to recast every role, recreate the '60s - which is not easy - and redesign everything. We've been playing catch-up, but it's working."

Ah, that recasting: Vaughn explains why he went for Michael Fassbender as Eric "Magneto" Lehnsherr and James McAvoy as Charles "Professor Xavier" Xavier. "I wasn't trying to cast the young Patrick [Stewart] or Ian [McKellen]. I was trying to cast the young Professor X and Magneto; what those characters are in my mind. For me, I'm trying to make a movie that stands on its own two feet. Hopefully there'll be a lot more of this version of the franchise."

For much more on X-Men: First Class (out on June 2), and why James McAvoy calls Professor X "a sex pest", pick up the new issue of Empire now.


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PSEUDO X-MEN = COUNTERFEIT CRAP
The more I read about Matthew Vaughn and his bastardization of MARVEL characters the more contempt I have for him and Fox Abattoirs. LOL, this film is light years away from being a TRUE & FAITHFUL adaptation of the iconic comic books. You can be as cool and innovative as you think you are Mr Vaughn, BUT ignore and disrespect the ORIGINAL source material with convoluted alternate re-imaginings and all you�ve got is a counterfeit film which carries the title only. A TRUE & More

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The ensemble is magnificent, hopefully the script lives up to it. Hope to see a lot of action and magic powers in this one. There has never been enough in the past movies. More

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