When Patrick Stewart visited ComicPalooza, he gave attendees an update on his return as Charles Xavier in X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST. The actor calls the film the “blockbuster of 2014,” and says there will definitely be an explanation for how his character returns after being vaporized by Jean Grey in X3.
“My work on the movie is done, except I suppose for ADR and things like that, but I think my time in front of the camera is over. It was 4 1/2 weeks work, and it was very difficult for the production company because there is a large group of leading actors in this movie, many of whom you know and you would have seen before. But a number of us had other commitments, so they were continually having to, as we say, “shoot out” leading actors, that is do all their coverage and then pick up the rest of the work. It was kind of complicated for Anna Paquin, Ian McKellen, Halle Berry, and myself. We all had to be somewhere else at a certain time, which is why the film continues in production without all of us and will do until some time in August I guess.
“All I can tell you, and you will understand that I can tell you almost nothing about ‘Days of Future Past,’ but I think it’s certainly going to be the X-Men of all X-Men pictures. One doesn’t want to tempt fate, but perhaps also the blockbuster of 2014. It was a wonderful experience to be reunited with those people I’ve already mentioned and others like Hugh Jackman, for example, of course is there for the duration of shooting. [It's] delightful to be reunited not only with my fellow actors but with how blessed we are in this, our original director Bryan Singer and our original cinematographer Tom Siegal, our executive producer Lauren Shuler Donner, and of course 20th Century Fox who are still the studio behind the whole X-Men franchise.
“It’s interesting, its possibly 6 or 7 years since X-Men 3 when you recall Charles Xavier was vaporized by… what’s her name, Jean Grey. And you are asking yourself, ‘Well if you were vaporized, how can you be in the next X-Men movie?’ Anybody got any ideas how that came about? There will be an explanation, but it was a little puzzling to me cause I thought my X-Men days were over, but not so. So something to look forward to, cause there’s not much to look forward to these days really.”
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