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Ian McKellen Expounds on X-Men

30 November 2012

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Sir Ian McKellen has been discussing his return to the X-Men franchise under the watchful eye of the recently confirmed director, Bryan Singer. And it's safe to say he sounds delighted:

"What a gas! I mean, Patrick Stewart and I have been have just been playing "Waiting for Godot" throughout England and in the West End of London. So, we've stayed in touch. We can't believe it [laughs]."

"I thought these were Fassbender and McAvoy's parts, but -- no, no -- we're back. We'll give them a run for their money. I mean, I haven't read the script, so I don't know how much we've got to do. But, to be back in that world, and for Bryan to be doing it -- with all the success he's had in the meantime -- it's wonderful. Wonderful".

He also reveals his admiration for Michael Fassbender's take on Eric Lensherr in X-Men: First Class:

"I thought he was exactly that: first class. Excellent. I thought he was better than me. But, we weren't quite playing the same character because he was so much younger than me...but, I was just the lucky guy who got to play him first."

It says a lot for the trust Bryan Singer engenders that star names are signing on to a sequel without seeing a completed script- let's hope we get something akin to X2, one of the most underrated superhero films in cinematic history.

Source: The Huffington Post