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Matthew Vaughn Was A Yeller, Already Thinking Sequels & 18 Things Learned About 'X-Men First Class'

The Playlist By Edward Davis | The Playlist June 3, 2011 at 6:47AM

"X" marks the spot! (Sorry, had to go there.) After a long wait, at least quality-wise, the mutants are back and "X-Men: First Class" has arrived and opens in theaters nationwide today. This super hero film also lands with a rather huge sigh of relief to three distinctly different groups of people. 1) The fans: after having to endure two mediocre to abysmal installments of the 'X-Men' series ("X-Men: The Last Stand" and "X-Men Origins: Wolverine"), the Matthew Vaughn-directed "X-Men: First Class," is a nice return to form and almost on-par with Bryan Singer's much beloved "X2" (read our positive review) 2) The non-disastrous quality of the film is also a huge sigh of relief to the cast who were expecting something else. 'First Class' was shot, edited and finished in a lightning-fast 10-month period and actors have already publicly admitted that the uber-rushed-production of the film made them worry they were putting their efforts into polishing a turd. So a remarkably steady picture -- also considering the myriad story threads -- is not only a major comfort, it's a major surprise. 3) The studio: Trying to get their blockbuster brand back to health, 20th Century Fox gambled big time with the rushed schedule of "X-Men: First Class," but thanks to Vaughn they rolled snake eyes. This should be precipitating whoops and cheers from the execs, frankly.The film wasn't cheap to make, the actual production was one huge question mark, but now their franchise is back in good standing with critics (and soon to be fans) and sequels will surely be on their way (and yes, everyone in the cast is signed up for a trilogy, as is de rigueur these days). The film's arrival is good news to everyone.
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As per the aforementioned opening quote, Bacon is frank about Vaughn's method's, but he also has a ton of respect for the filmmaker.
The actor said Vaughn was candid and not crass. "He doesn’t do a lot of takes," he told the LAT. "He does zero in on things. I remember once he yelled, ‘Stop twirling your mustache!’ And it was totally on point. I was starting to get into some kind of idea of villainy and not staying true to who Sebastian was. As an actor, I can appreciate that.”

We've already heard of some of Matthew Vaughn's sequels ideas, some of which may involve JFK's assassination, some of which could see the films entering the '70s or '80s. Right now it sounds like the film would need to be a major hit for him to return.
"Yeah, if the film's a hit, I'd be very interested in doing a sequel," he told SuperheroHype. "I really, really enjoyed… the team I had on it were great, and the hard thing is creating a new franchise, so if it works, it would be fun. My ideas are much bigger for the next one. I've got some really big … I'm surprised everyone is calling this a really big epic movie, and I'm thinking, 'Wait until you view the next one if you think this is epic, the next one you won't believe what happens.'"

While Bryan Singer and 20th Century Foxed Picked All The 'X-Men' Characters In The Film Before Matthew Vaughn came on board, there was supposed to be one more mutant character.
"In the draft they gave me all the characters were in there. We cut Sunspot, because we didn’t have the time or money," Vaughn said. "They couldn’t make him work, it was a pain in the arse."

Michael Fassbender didn't bother watching the 'X-Men' performance of Sir Ian McKellen or any of his other work.
Initially his idea was to reverse engineer the performance and work backwards, but after speaking with his director, they decided to go another way. “When I first found I’d got the job, I thought about studying Ian McKellen and getting my hands on anything I could when he was a young man on screen and studding his physicality and voice," Fassbender said. Then I sat down with Matthew [Vaughn] and we decided that wasn’t the way he wanted me to go and so I ditched that idea totally and used the comic book source material.”

This article is related to: Films, Actors, Actresses, Matthew Vaughn, Super Hero Films, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, X-Men: First Class


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