Unbeknownst to the average joe, or probably many people, Matthew Vaughn didn’t intentionally want that group shot of the X-Men from First Class released nor did he have any knowledge of its origin. Luckily, for /Film and Peter Sciretta, he got an exclusive phone interview with the director and received two great images of the main characters themselves, James McAvoy as Professor Charles Xavier and Michael Fassbender as Erik Lehnsherr, WITH HELMET! Check them out after the break!
Matthew Vaughn didn’t reveal too much information with Sciretta, but ensured his disappointment and disapproval of the botched Photoshop job in that group shot:
“I freaked out on them yesterday. I don’t know where the hell that came from. I don’t think it’s a Fox image. It’s not a pre-approved image. When I found out, I said, what the fuck is this shit, and Fox is running around trying to figure out what happened as well. I agree. It’s like a bad photoshop, which maybe it was by someone. It didn’t reflect the movie. I was shocked when I saw it. I was like ‘Jesus Christ’…
It was also stated that Vaughn favored the first two X-Men films being more character driven, but still assures that there is plenty of action in what he is calling a Casino Royale like reboot.
I’d say this is more like Casino Royale than [JJ Abrams] Star Trek. If you think about it, Casino Royale just totally rebooted Bond — they kept what they wanted and got rid of what didn’t work. You sort of saw Bond become a double O for the first time and yet it didn’t seem to matter [what they changed]. I think my rule is to make a stand alone movie that is as good as possible and do as many nods and winks towards the comics and the other films, but not get tied up in knots worrying about that.
You can read the rest of the interview at /Film.com, which has a lot of other great incites about the upcoming X-Men prequel/reboot. I’m pretty pumped for this movie to come out. The first two X-Men are near if not on the top of my list for favorite superhero movies. First Class is definitely one of my HIGHLY ANTICIPATED films of this year. I cannot wait and this impromptu interview gives me more hope than I already had.
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