Patrick Stewart Approves of James McAvoy as Professor X in X-Men: First Class
02.01.11 by Ryan
Patrick Stewart played the role of Charles Xavier (or Professor X, as he is more commonly known) for the better part of a decade, through three X-Men movies along with a digitally de-aged cameo in 2009's X-Men Origins: Wolverine. In director Matthew Vaughn's upcoming prequel X-Men: First Class, the role will be played by James McAvoy, who previously joked that his performance would "bury Stewart's.
In a conversation with The LA Times, Stewart did some of his own joking — pretending not be aware that McAvoy was cast in the role — before praising the Scottish actor, and offered his approval of the casting.
I must say that it is nice to see a role that you created go forward with someone you admire.
While talking about the X-Men movies, Stewart also admitted that his favorite scene never made it into the original trilogy.
I did three and the best thing I ever did got cut out of one of them. I had to get Xavier’s wheelchair into this elevator and it was just an inch wider than the chair. I worked on it and worked on it; I got to the point that I could zoom right — whoosh — and spin on that wheel and be facing the camera. It was brilliant. It was probably the best scene of my career. It didn't make it in.
Fans of both Stewart and McAvoy can hear them perform together in next month's Gnomeo and Juliet, as both actors have lent their voices to the 3-D, CG-animated tale.