Zoë Kravitz Talks About Having Wings in X-Men: First Class and Her Mad Max 4 Role
Posted 03.13.11 by Ryan
When Zoë Kravitz (No Reservations) was initially cast as Angel in director Matthew Vaughn's X-Men prequel, X-Men: First Class there was a little confusion as to what character Kravitz was playing.
There was the original Angel, a member of the first X-Men team and the one included in the X-Men: First Class comic book written by Jeff Parker and illustrated by Roger Cruz. But the character Angel Salvadore, also often called Angel but also by the name Tempest, was the "Angel" Kravitz is playing, which also confusingly has wings.
In an interview with The Independent, Kravitz talked about her experience making First Class and the difficulty of playing a character with wings.
My character flies and I'll be wearing a harness and I'd be wearing wires all the time. Then I'd have to stand in strange ways, pretending there are not wires and pretending that I'm flying and floating, like it's the most normal thing in the world. Also, Matthew Vaughn cares about the drama, it's not like he's trying to make things explode all the time, so you want to look the other actors in the eye and connect and connect. But it's kind of hard when all this other crazy stuff is going on.
Kravitz admitted that she didn't think she had a chance of landing the role.
When it comes to stuff like X-Men, I just didn't think that I would get that part. I just think I auditioned because people were auditioning and my agent was like, "Please go," and had to talk me into going.
Her agent's coercion worked, and Kravitz already has her next job lined up: a part in director George Miller's fourth installment in the Mad Max franchise, Mad Max: Fury Road. The sequel was delayed last October, and will instead start production early next year. According to the report, Fury Road is set shortly after the events of Mad Max 3: Beyond Thunderdome. The project will also feature Kravitz's First Class co-star, Nicholas Hoult.
I'm really excited. I hope it happens. It's been pushed back a few times now, but the other Mad Max films are incredible and what George is going to do with this one is exciting, as is the cast he has chosen. I think Tom Hardy is so talented and I'm looking forward to filming in Australia, where I've never been.
Next Showing: X-Men: First Class
opens June 3