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Published On: Thu, Feb 20th, 2014

James McAvoy talks Professor X in ‘X-Men Days of Future Past,’ he changes more than anyone

X-Men fans will get another chapter in the popular film franchise with X-Men: Days of Future Past. The film combines the cast from the original trilogy and those from X-Men: First Class.

x-men-days-of-future-past-james-mcavoy-and-patrick-stewartStar James McAvoy reprises his role as the younger Professor X and discusses how the film changes his character during a Feb. 19 interview with Collider.

“It’s a movie about all of us, about all the guys in the X-Men, but I suppose the person with the biggest journey is arguably me. Because I change more than anybody by the end of the film compared to the beginning of the film…”

McAvoy continues explaining “…his power, which has always been seen as his psychic ability or great intelligence or whatever, really what I think it is empathy. That’s his greatest power. But he’s lost the ability to be able to empathize with other people, because it’s too painful for him. Why? Because he’s been given all of his own pain to deal with, by Erik and by, as we said, Raven as well. It’s not just the loss of Erik. It has a lot to do with Erik, a lot to do with his relationship with Erik and their love for each other, but it’s also equally as much to do with his love for Raven,..”

x-men-days-of-future-james-mcavoy-michael-fassbender-600x399The British actor discusses doing the scene(s) with Patrick Stewart, the future Professor X noting “…we’re very different interpretations of that character, by nature of the fact that we’re very different times in that character’s life.”

He even briefly mentions the hair loss.

“Well, I don’t think it should be that he decides to shave his head. I think it should be for a reason. I think it should be—Like in the comic books, it was for a reason. He lost his hair as a result of something. It wasn’t just like gradual hair loss, do you know what I mean? Which would be so dull…”

Check out the full interview HERE

X-Men Days of Future Past opens in theaters May 23, 2014

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