More X-Men: First Class: January Jones Talks Emma Frost and Jennifer Lawrence Reveals Why She Needed a Doctor on Set
Posted 01.21.11 by Ryan
This has definitely been X-Men: First Class week.
Starting on Golden Globes weekend, First Class actor Edi Gathegi revealed that the production was still shooting, which was followed by the unveiling of an (un)official photo that depicted a portion of the cast in the classic, yellow and blue outfits and which was later denounced by director Matthew Vaughn. The next day, Michael Fassbender discussed his role as Magneto, and Kevin Bacon finally revealed some details about his villainous character of Sebastian Shaw, while more photos revealed Magneto in his helmet and Shaw and his sideburns. A teaser poster was released yesterday, but First Class week is far from over.
January Jones, who plays the mutant telepath Emma Frost in the movie, spoke to IGN and revealed what it was like for her to work on the comic book adaptation.
Well, we're still shooting it. When I heard it was coming out that quickly, I had a lot of questions. They're editing as we go, doing the visual effects as we go.
Obviously, I have a lot of faith in the people we're using for those things. It was like coming to work and being a little kid and using your imagination and times feeling kind of silly, but embracing the fact that it's going to look awesome. And from what I've seen it looks amazingly incredible. Just Emma Frost's diamond form alone I've never seen anything like it.
In the Marvel comic books, Emma Frost began her history as "The White Queen" of the Hellfire Club, a secret organization headed by Shaw (Bacon), before becoming a member of the X-Men. Jones would not reveal whether Frost will be a hero or villain in First Class.
Well, she's on the side of the mutants. I have hard time defining who is good guy-bad guy in this because everyone's pro-mutant. It's just whether you trust the humans or you don't. So I can't say whether she's a bad guy or a good guy.
Jones says that not much of Frost's background is uncovered in the movie.
Not in this one. We don't go into too much of the backstory. Not really. It's more of a mystery about the relationship she has with Shaw and her past and why she reacts certain ways to certain things. I think the fans of the comic who know her history will understand why she does certain things because they know her, but I don't think it'll be confusing to audiences who don't know her backstory either.
"Not in this one" seems like a cryptic response that implies a sequel, which isn't an outrageous assumption since Jones admitted she would "love to do another one".
Jennifer Lawrence, who has previously discussed the rigors of the make-up process for her to play blue-skinned mutant Mystique, may be less quick to sign up for a sequel, especially since she told E!Online that her skin had a reaction to the body paint.
I got a couple of things from the paint. Like weird boils, rashes and blisters. [An on-set doctor] had to pop them.
Despite her skin's reaction, Lawrence called the First Class shoot "great" and described the experience as "kind of like being at a really bizarre summer camp because we were around each other 24/7 for months and months and months."
X-Men: First Class opens June 3. Bryan Singer produced the prequel, which co-stars Rose Byrne as Moira MacTaggert, Jason Flemying as Azazel, Nicholas Hoult as the Beast,
Lucas Till as Havok, Zoe Kravitz as Angel Salvadore, and James McAvoy as Charles "Professor X" Xavier.