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. Stewart's best scene on the cutting room floor >> Posted 02.01.11 by Ryan
Last week, word got out that director Matthew Vaughn's X-Men: First Class was heading for reshoots. While re-shoots aren't uncommon on a big tentpole movie like First Class, the re-shoots still came as a surprise for a movie that only has five months or so before entering theaters. CinemaBlend spoke to James McAvoy about the X-Men prequel re-shoots, with McAvoy downplaying the significance. McAvoy said that a few scenes were being re-shot, including the ending, as well as "just bits and bobs really." professor x keeps his hair >> Posted 01.25.11 by Ryan
James McAvoy was the first actor cast in director Matthew Vaughn's X-Men: First Class, which is fitting considering his character, Charles Xavier, is the founder of the team of outcast superheroes known as the X-Men. For many movie fans, the role of "Prof. X" will forever be associated with Sir Patrick Stewart, who played the character in all three X-Men movies and even had a cameo as a digitally de-aged Xavier in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. However, even though First Class is a prequel to the X-Men franchise, McAvoy recently told MTV that he doesn't feel beholden to emulate the elder actor's take on the character, actually joking that his goal is to "bury Patrick's performance." how will mcavoy's prof. x be different? >> Posted 09.23.10 by BrentJS
With Bryan Singer's adaptation of X-Men: First Class to focus on the mutant superheroes in their youth, Patrick Stewart, who played Professor Charles Xavier in all three previous X-Men movies, doesn't think he'll be used in the prequel.
Speaking at a Star Trek Convention in Australia, Stewart called X-Men "the best job in the world" and "one of the best and most fun experiences" he's ever had, but joked that Singer will likely hire 8-year-olds for the movie. Stewart added that he doesn't think he or Ian McKellen will be involved, even though "working with Ian again would be wonderful." McKellen has similarly claimed that he was too old to return for a X-Men movie as well.
With First Class out, Stewart may instead end up in the upcoming Mad Max: Fury Road instead. AICN reader "TrekGirl" wrote in to the website to describe an encounter she had with Stewart in Sydney around the time of the convention.
We met the one AND ONLY Patrick Stewart in Sydney today I'm still giddy... Anyway, he was so kind and so giving, and he made a point to say hello to most people in and out of the rooms... he signed my XMen DVD and I got to ask him whether he'd like to make a movie in Australia and he said he may be back here soon to film a movie with George Miller. I — embarrassingly — blurted "Happy Feet 2! great!" and he said "No, another one". Only other one I can see that Miller is doing is the new Mad Max movie.
Stewart's representatives have since denied his involvement in Fury Road to MTV, so likely Stewart is either working on another movie with Miller, or is secretly in Fury Road. Posted 02.04.10 by Ryan