In case you missed the news, we’re getting two Magnetos in X-Men: Days of Future Past. Michael Fassbender is back as the younger Magneto and Ian McKellan is returning a the older version.
The Huffington Post had a chance to talk to McKellan about returning to X-Men:
Bryan Singer announced that you’re playing Magneto again. Is that something you’ve been wanting to do? This will be your fourth movie with Bryan Singer, did that help persuade you?
What a gas! I mean, Patrick Stewart and I have been have just been playing “Waiting for Godot” throughout England and in the West End of London. So, we’ve stayed in touch. We can’t believe it [laughs]. I thought these were Fassbender and McAvoy’s parts, but — no, no — we’re back. We’ll give them a run for their money. I mean, I haven’t read the script, so I don’t know how much we’ve got to do. But, to be back in that world, and for Bryan to be doing it — with all the success he’s had in the meantime — it’s wonderful. Wonderful.
What did you think of Michael Fassbender as Magneto in “X-Men: First Class”?
Yeah! I thought he was exactly that: first class. Excellent.
You never thought, Hey, I’ve got my eye on you. That’s my part.
[Laughs] No. No. I thought he was better than me. But, we weren’t quite playing the same character because he was so much younger than me. And the scope of Magneto, one day a Jewish actor will play it. Clearly, he’s Jewish. We first meet him in at Auschwitz and there’s scope for all sorts of people to pay Magneto. But, I was just the lucky guy who got to play him first.
I can’t wait for X-Men: Days of Future Past!
SOURCE: Huffington Post