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Ian McKellen On ‘X-Men’ Sequel: Actor Thinks Michael Fassbender Is ‘First Class’

X-Men: Days of Future Past

Ian McKellen had nothing but positive things to say about the other guy who plays Magneto in the X-Men franchise.

According to Access Hollywood, the acclaimed actor recently discussed his role in the upcoming sequel X-Men: Days of Future Past. Since the film is centered around time travel, there’s a possibility the core characters may encounter older versions of themselves.

McKellen says he intends to give X-Men: First Class star Michael Fassbender a “run for his money” when and if the two appear on-screen together.

“First class I would say. I thought he was terrific,” McKellen said of Fassbender during a press junket for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

As for the older actors squaring off against their younger counterparts, the acclaimed actor said the newbies will have their work cut out for them.

“We’ll give him a run for his money when we get there,” McKellen joked.

According to The Star-Ledger, Ian McKellen didn’t stick to discussing the ins and outs of the X-Men universe. Since he was there to promote The Hobbit, the actor discussed what it was like to return to the world of Middle Earth after so many years.

McKellen had this to say about the character:

“Gandalf came back very easily. But then I haven’t forgotten him over the years. So many people want to say hello and talk about him, he’s never far from me. You do worry a bit – Andy Serkis said he was afraid at first his Gollum sounded like someone imitating him doing Gollum. But for me, once I get the makeup on again, and there he is staring back from the mirror, it’s not difficult to return to him.”

X-Men: Days of Future Past starring Ian McKellen, Michael Fassbender, and Jennifer Lawrence opens on July 18, 2014. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey treks into theaters on December 14.

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7 Responses to “Ian McKellen On ‘X-Men’ Sequel: Actor Thinks Michael Fassbender Is ‘First Class’”

  1. Gary Bullock

    Okay all please do not take this the wrong way but in my opinion Sir Ian McClellen was improperly cast in the role for Magneto. This is not to discredit his ability to act. In fact he did a terrific job. There could be no better casting than him in the role of Gandolf as well. But the story of Magneto vs. Xavier is in fact the story of David vs Goliath. Xavier is feeble wheelchair bound and his powers are powers of the mind, not brute force. Magneto on the other hand is strong, handsome, tall and his powers are a virtual limitless supply of brute force. By casting a thin and quite frankly weak looking Ian McClellen, they visual effect lost its ability to support the David and Golliath theme of the super hero / super villain duet.

    I believe the older Magneto casting should have been handled by Terrence Henry Stamp. He has the right look. The experience of playing a super villain from his role as General Zod in Superman II. Plus his voice is ultra intimidating and commanding, precisely what one would expect of the leader of a band of super powered bad guys known as the Brotherhood of Mutants.

  2. Anonymous

    I always thought John Slattery [Mad Men] look the closest to the Magneto renderings in the comics. He's a top-notch actor, too.

  3. Jason Carbino

    I respectfully disagree with you. Ian McKellen's performance as Magneto was one of the best parts of the original trilogy. The portrayal of Magneto was one of the closest in line with his comic counterpart. Xavier & Magneto are roughly the same age in the comics. Both men have been de-aged and cloned over the years to keep up with Marvel's sliding time scale by placing real events (Erik being a Holocaust survivor) as part of their origins/history. I don't see them as David & Goliath as much as a Malcom X & Martin Luther King metaphor.

  4. Manny Jenkins

    I think they should do something where they can both be on screen. And not a flashback but maybe a regeneration of Magneto's body in the year 2014. It will be the only way to regain his power.

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