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Published On: Sat, May 14th, 2011

Rose Byrne talks ‘X-Men: First Class’, Moira MacTaggert

While promoting Bridesmaids, Rose Byrne spoke to the press about X-Men: First Class and her role as Moira MacTaggert, first with the character as a love interest for Charles Xavier, played by James McAvoy and, in the comic books, Banshee/Sean Cassidy, played by Caleb Landry .Jones

“We explore the relationship of Moira and Charles but not with Banshee—at least not yet!” Byrne told Reelzchannel.

Byrne says Moira will not have an accent and revealed what her favorite of playing the character is “Her fashion sense…kidding. It was great to play the role of a true female pioneer in a time when misogyny was alive and well and to play someone so devoted and passionate about the mutant community—a cause that stands as a great metaphor—that we can all co-exist peacefully and progressively.”

X-Men-First-Class-castMoira is one who believes the human and mutants can live peacefully together and Byrne adds that “…she’s very feisty and ambitious — you know, she’s got a toughness about her which I liked,” Byrne tells Comic Book Movie.com. “But she’s very progressive and believes that humans and mutants can co-exist peacefully and they can help one another, and she hatches a plan with James McAvoy’s character Xavier to get the mutants to assist the government in this huge conspiracy, which is set against the backdrop of the Cuban Missile Crisis. She’s very impassioned and has a lot of tension between her and Michael Fassbender’s character, and then there’s also sort of a romance between her and Xavier.”

Byrne is confirmed for more films, saying that “I can’t speak for other people, but yeah, I signed up for the whole bonanza. This and another two.”

Fans are excited about the cast and Byrne was asked about McAvoy and Fassbender.

“I did — most of my stuff was with James, but I had a lot of ensemble pieces with a lot of the cast. They’re both wonderful in different ways; James is very smart, really clever with dialogue, really great with character, has an endless enthusiasm and energy and he’s really passionate about his work and a lot of fun. And Michael is brilliant. I think the tension between those two guys will be really interesting. Their relationship is the heart of the film. Michael has such a devilish streak in him that it really gives a whole new dimension to Magneto. I think it’s very exciting for fans to be able to revisit these characters as young men. What a pleasure, for fans to be able to say that.”

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- Roxanne "Butter" Bracco began with the Dispatch as Pittsburgh Correspondent, but will be providing reports and insights from Washington DC, Maryland and the surrounding region. Contact Roxie aka "Butter" at [email protected] ATTN: Roxie or Butter Bracco

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