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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.

Nicolas Hoult can thank the delays on "Mad Max" for getting the Beast role.
"I actually was down in Australia, where we were beginning to work on Mad Max. But that got delayed, so I called my agents and told them, 'I need a job,' he told FilmCritic. "They sent me to tape for X-Men. I prepared as best I could, auditioned, and was called in to perform a screen test."

How did the cast feel about January Jones' ample bosoms?
"I had to rugby tackle January Jones' cleavage," McAvoy said. Ok then.

James McAvoy is looking forward to potential sequels (and going bald when playing Xavier) he just hopes 20th Century Fox and the producers don't fuck up the films.
"We can’t start the next movie with him bald. Not only is that easy and cheap, we’d be passing up an opportunity for a cool story point," he told the LA Times. "I don’t know what it is — we need to come up with something that justifies doing it. Maybe he got some dodgy Australian shampoo….” As for those potentially looming sequels he says, "I just hope that, if it happens, they make it because they found a story they like rather than making it just because there’s more money to be made. I’ve lots of ideas. I know Michael [Fassbender] and I are very much on the same page all the time and we’ll be weighing in to protect that relationship between the two characters. [Their relationship] is much more sophisticated or complex [then the earlier "X-Men" films], at least, and we need to come up with a way to [keep] that moving forward. The next movie, if there is one, shouldn’t just start off with them being pals again, but I think it also shouldn’t be like the first movies only set in the 1960s. If we get another, let’s not just make Magneto the bad guy; of course he’s a bad-ass and of course he has a whole different ethos, but making a movie that is black-and-white is going to lose the [special] thing that we have in this one. McAvoy also thinks Vaughn, who has already been giving away some of his sequel ideas, should save some of them, "at least this movie has come out.”

If case you haven't noticed, there's been a lot of gossip surrounding "X-Men: First Class."
We've heard rumors that the hook-ups on the film were like summer camp, but you don't need to listen to our hearsay. These type of rumblings are all over the web. E!Online started the scurrilous rumors suggesting that Michael Fassbender had impregnated January Jones during the film (she still has yet to say who the father is) and hooked up with Zoe Kravitz. Then rumors started circling that director Matthew Vaughn was the father (he's currently married to Claudia Schiffer) and his lawyer quickly blasted those claims.

As for those summer camp rumors, well... “We [Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult and Michael Fassbender] were living in London for four months and it was like X-Men summer camp, so we all hung out at each other’s houses after filming, went out to pubs…," Zoe Kravitz recently said. Her and Fassbender have been spotted together in New York, so it looks like at least two relationships and one baby were made during "X-Men: First Class." Mazel tov!

"X-Men: First Class" hits theaters this Friday, June 3.

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