January Jones Talks X-Men First Class
I don’t know if anybody was with me, but I wasn’t really happy that January Jones was cast to play Emma Frost. I can’t get past her character on Mad Men, hopefully once we get some trailers for the movie I might change my mind, she did talk a bit about the movie which as a breakneck fast production schedule for this film, June 3
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. I didn’t have to do any wire work, but there was a lot of wire work involved for some of the characters and there are times when you’re imagining this is going to be happening behind you so you react to that, which was my first experience with that sort of thing and which was fun. 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.
She also revealed the majority of her scenes are with Kevin Bacon’s Sebastian Shaw, then Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy’s Magneto and Professor X. Regarding how much backstory her character gets, Jones explains:
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.
She also said it’s tricky to figure out whether Emma Frost is a hero or villain, that this film does indeed involve the Cuban Missile Crisis, and that she would love to do a sequel. As you can probably tell, this is a pretty fantastic interview – check out the link for more. [IGN]
Director Matthew Vaughn also acknowledges just how quick the shooting process is:
“I’m at that stage where I feel like a boxer against the ropes. We’re filming at the moment, we’ve a lot to get done. I’ve never worked under such time pressure. The good thing about the independent world is I never even knew if I was going to get distribution. I’m used to finishing a film and then crossing your fingers that someone is going to like it. This is totally doing it the other way around. We’ve definitely got a release date and we’ve got to make it.
He also is quite confident about how his movie will compete with all the other big superhero movies coming this year:
“With Green Lantern, I don’t know about that one, I couldn’t get my head around the trailer, to be honest … look, I will say the following: X-Men as a brand is bigger than Captain America, Thor and the Green Lantern, all put together.”
So, I remain unchanged about this movie. I’ll see it because it’s a super hero movie, but I’m not super excited or anything. Once we get some clips and trailers I’ll refine my thoughts, what are yours though?