Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen discuss working on ‘X-Men: Days Of Future Past’

Film opens in May 2014

Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen have opened up about their experiences working on X-Men: Days Of Future Past.

Stewart and McKellen star as older versions of Professor Charles Xavier and Magneto, respectively, with younger incarnations of the roles to be portrayed by James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender.

Speaking to the Wall Street Journal about sharing characters with the younger actors, McKellen said: “I think [Fassbender] made it clear he wanted to be his own Magneto and that suits the nature of the story and his part in it. And [director] Bryan Singer doesn’t mind that we don’t look much like each other.

“Although, they have put out a poster where our faces are blended and you do a double take and think, ‘Ooh, my goodness, I didn’t know I was that good looking,’ and then realize the bit that’s good looking is not me, but Fassbender.”

Meanwhile, referring to the scene he shares with McAvoy in the film’s trailer, which you can see below, Stewart said: “There was a certain happy charm about it, in that, when we shot that scene, it was James’ first day of work and it was my last day.

“He is illustrating a time in Charles Xavier’s life which was very different from the time that I’ve been inhabiting in the previous three movies, and we just let that play out. I think we’ve both been looking forward to doing that scene immensely.”

X-Men: Days Of Future Past boasts a massive cast featuring nearly every familiar face from the previous five X-Men movies. Fassbender, McAvoy, McKellen and Stewart will all appear, and will also be joined by Jennifer Lawrence, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Nicholas Hoult, Peter Dinklage, Ellen Page and Anna Paquin.

An official synopsis for the film was previously released, stating: “The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in X-Men: Days Of Future Past. The beloved characters from the original X-Men film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from X-Men: First Class in an epic battle that must change the past – to save our future.”

X-Men: Days Of Future Past opens in UK cinemas on May 22, 2014 and a day later on May 23, 2014 in the US.