James McAvoy has already revealed that he won’t attempt to imitate Patrick Stewart when he steps into the role of Professor Charles Xavier for “X-Men: First Class.” Indeed, he wants to bury Stewart’s performance entirely. But McAvoy’s approach begs an important question: how will his Xavier interact with Michael Fassbender’s Magneto?
“I think there’s a lot of room there for a real connection,” McAvoy told us of his hopes for the relationship between the two “First Class” protagonists. “By the end of that relationship, there’s still a kind of affection for each other. You see that in the stuff that Patrick and [Sir Ian McKellen] did together. There’s a lot of love there, strangely, I think.”
In calling out Stewart and McKellen by name, McAvoy is clearly aware that the relationship established by those two actors in the initial “X-Men” trilogy is crucial to the success of “First Class” as its own franchise. Indeed, McAvoy has said that he hopes his version of Xavier will ultimately reconcile with Stewart’s — just not immediately.
“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,” the actor explained. “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.”