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Bryan Singer shares some new details on the "inbetwequel" X-Men: Days of Future Past

Jul. 31, 2013by: Alex Maidy

Many of you seemed to breathe a sigh of relief after hearing the X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST news coming out of Comic Con. But, some of you are still unsure just how this massive film is going to come together. I am still considering myself cautiously optimistic, but after reading Bryan Singer's latest comments to Empire, I think I am just excited now.

Singer seemed aware of the fans commenting that what he was doing was not keeping with the actual DAYS OF FUTURE PAST comic story and addressed that his film was not a straight adaptation:

“It’s its own story, inspired by Days Of Future Past,” insists Singer. Days Of Future Past, the comic, doesn’t feature Professor X or Magneto, but Days Of Future Past, the movie, operates as a follow-up to X-MEN: FIRST CLASS and the original trilogy. “I’d say it’s not a sequel to one of the others,” says Singer. “It’s an inbetwequel — that’s what I call it, for lack of a better word. It takes place about ten years, give or take, after X-MEN: THE LAST STAND; and in the past it takes place about ten years after FIRST CLASS.”

Obviously major story changes are happening in that Ellen Page's Shadowcat is no longer the primary time traveller and is replaced by Hugh Jackman's Wolverine. What remains unknown is whether or not X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST is serving to streamline the original trilogy into continuity to continue the FIRST CLASS franchise or if both are being developed to run independently of one another.

Singer also shared the status of FIRST CLASS Xavier/Magneto as played by Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy: “They’re in a radically different place,” explains Singer of the latter. “Charles is in a very dark hole when we meet him, and Erik has been gathering his power.” He also said to expect a lot of screen time for Jackman with McAvoy and Fassbender: “Watching them on set together is really fun,” Singer says. “There are a few moments of improvisation, when the characters clash, that are really jolting and exciting.”

All in all, I am excited to see if this can be pulled off. It sounds like the original trilogy characters, aside from Wolverine, are supporting roles or cameos and the bulk of what we will see will be FIRST CLASS related. Either way, I am more and more confident that Singer is going to pull this off.

In closing, Singer has also tweeted a new image from filming featuring...Mystique's leg?

X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST opens in theaters on May 23,2014.

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5:41PM on 08/01/2013

ok

so that explains why i saw wolverine with grey streaks in his hair. he goes back in time and through the process receives the cool hair. ok. this movie is going to suck. i just hope im wrong, no, i pray.
so that explains why i saw wolverine with grey streaks in his hair. he goes back in time and through the process receives the cool hair. ok. this movie is going to suck. i just hope im wrong, no, i pray.
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11:46AM on 08/01/2013
Looks great!
Looks great!
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10:39AM on 08/01/2013
I feel like I'm going to be eating my words come next summer. I've been a huge critic of this movie since it started production and the constant casting news of all these characters. But after Comic-Con it sounds like Singer has a grasp on how he's going to tell this story. I for one never expected a straight adaptation of the comic storyline, it's just never going to happen for a film audience, the most we can hope for is the spirit and theme of the comic story stays in place. At the end
I feel like I'm going to be eating my words come next summer. I've been a huge critic of this movie since it started production and the constant casting news of all these characters. But after Comic-Con it sounds like Singer has a grasp on how he's going to tell this story. I for one never expected a straight adaptation of the comic storyline, it's just never going to happen for a film audience, the most we can hope for is the spirit and theme of the comic story stays in place. At the end of the day is it really important if it's Shadowcat or Wolverine going back in time?
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8:27AM on 08/01/2013
As great as it was in the comics to see the X-Men fight the Brotherhood. I always loved when Professor X and Magneto came together to fight a bigger threat.
As great as it was in the comics to see the X-Men fight the Brotherhood. I always loved when Professor X and Magneto came together to fight a bigger threat.
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8:12AM on 08/01/2013

Singers last hit was Usual Suspects......Nuff said

Prediction: Comic readers will have to watch another bad Xmen (Sorry, Wolverine) movie while the Xmen Cartoon kids will love it and all its glorious mashed to POOP storyline. Just give it up and give the property rights back to Marvel......Please. At this stage of the game id rather see a Disney Xmen movie starring Depp and Directed by Gore.
Wow so many dislikes. i guess the population is a bunch critics that like poorly adapted films. In that case all you fools will love this movie. Ill stick
Prediction: Comic readers will have to watch another bad Xmen (Sorry, Wolverine) movie while the Xmen Cartoon kids will love it and all its glorious mashed to POOP storyline. Just give it up and give the property rights back to Marvel......Please. At this stage of the game id rather see a Disney Xmen movie starring Depp and Directed by Gore.
Wow so many dislikes. i guess the population is a bunch critics that like poorly adapted films. In that case all you fools will love this movie. Ill stick to the comics
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2:58AM on 08/01/2013
I think they could've kept shadowcat as the time traveler and not lost any hype or ticket sales. First class was so refreshing not having wolverine at the center of EVERYTHING. He's an awesome character, but of all the franchises, x-men needs to share the screen a little more since everyone and their brother has some kind of power worth showing off.
I think they could've kept shadowcat as the time traveler and not lost any hype or ticket sales. First class was so refreshing not having wolverine at the center of EVERYTHING. He's an awesome character, but of all the franchises, x-men needs to share the screen a little more since everyone and their brother has some kind of power worth showing off.
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2:51AM on 08/01/2013
Singer's continuity continues to make zero sense. It's ten years after First Class but Charles is still moping about not being able to walk? And Magneto is only just now consolidating his power? Ugh...and seriously, if the movie is called Days of Future Past (one of the most beloved X-Men story lines of all time) why move away from that. If you're only "inspired" by it than call it something else? Freaking retarded.
Singer's continuity continues to make zero sense. It's ten years after First Class but Charles is still moping about not being able to walk? And Magneto is only just now consolidating his power? Ugh...and seriously, if the movie is called Days of Future Past (one of the most beloved X-Men story lines of all time) why move away from that. If you're only "inspired" by it than call it something else? Freaking retarded.
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2:49AM on 08/01/2013
Singer's continuity continues to make zero sense. It's ten years after First Class but Charles is still moping about not being able to walk? And Magneto is only just now consolidating his power? Ugh...and seriously, if the movie is called Days of Future Past (one of the most beloved X-Men story lines of all time) why move away from that. If you're only "inspired" by it than call it something else? Freaking retarded.
Singer's continuity continues to make zero sense. It's ten years after First Class but Charles is still moping about not being able to walk? And Magneto is only just now consolidating his power? Ugh...and seriously, if the movie is called Days of Future Past (one of the most beloved X-Men story lines of all time) why move away from that. If you're only "inspired" by it than call it something else? Freaking retarded.
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1:51AM on 08/01/2013

Yup!

After the ending to Wolverine, I am hype for this movie.
After the ending to Wolverine, I am hype for this movie.
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11:37PM on 07/31/2013
Singer never lived up to his promise after Usual Suspects. He made two good, but not great, X-Men films, a pretty bad Superman, a mediocre Tom Cruise WWII film and a total flop Jack and the Beanstalk movie. He isn't trending upwards. Based on the "throw crap against a wall and see what sticks" approach he and the studio seem to be taking with this film, I don't have high hopes.
Singer never lived up to his promise after Usual Suspects. He made two good, but not great, X-Men films, a pretty bad Superman, a mediocre Tom Cruise WWII film and a total flop Jack and the Beanstalk movie. He isn't trending upwards. Based on the "throw crap against a wall and see what sticks" approach he and the studio seem to be taking with this film, I don't have high hopes.
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2:51AM on 08/01/2013
I completely agree. The guy is seriously overrated.
I completely agree. The guy is seriously overrated.
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11:26PM on 07/31/2013
Bring it On!
Bring it On!
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10:10PM on 07/31/2013
Jennifer Lawrence's leg does make for nice photos. I think there will be many who will be miffed that this isn't a straight adaptation, but I'm sure it wasn't easy to make that story fit into the established X-Men movie universe and I do hope Singer and crew have been able to wrangle the gargantuan cast and deliver something that's of a huge scale yet is still coherent and enjoyable on its own merits.
Jennifer Lawrence's leg does make for nice photos. I think there will be many who will be miffed that this isn't a straight adaptation, but I'm sure it wasn't easy to make that story fit into the established X-Men movie universe and I do hope Singer and crew have been able to wrangle the gargantuan cast and deliver something that's of a huge scale yet is still coherent and enjoyable on its own merits.
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9:41PM on 07/31/2013
They should call this movie X-Men: Cleaning Up After Ratner.
They should call this movie X-Men: Cleaning Up After Ratner.
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7:40PM on 07/31/2013
Wait, if 10 years after The Last Stand, how are they going to explain The Last Stand's after credits scene?
Wait, if 10 years after The Last Stand, how are they going to explain The Last Stand's after credits scene?
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7:25PM on 07/31/2013

Maybe im slow

but can someone explain how DOFP is 10 years after Last Stand while also being 10 years after First Class?
but can someone explain how DOFP is 10 years after Last Stand while also being 10 years after First Class?
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7:30PM on 07/31/2013
Slow? Yes. You said it not me. It takes place ten years after Last Stand because Wolverine will be sent back to the past, about ten years after First Class. It's called time travel. You can do that sort of stuff if you can time travel.
Slow? Yes. You said it not me. It takes place ten years after Last Stand because Wolverine will be sent back to the past, about ten years after First Class. It's called time travel. You can do that sort of stuff if you can time travel.
7:33PM on 07/31/2013
2 timelines in 1 film. We see the cast of First Class ten years after their movie, so it will be the 70's and then the current timeframe that the first 3 X-Men films were in is now ten years later in the future. Movie will probably start in the future and then go back to the 70's. Does that help?
2 timelines in 1 film. We see the cast of First Class ten years after their movie, so it will be the 70's and then the current timeframe that the first 3 X-Men films were in is now ten years later in the future. Movie will probably start in the future and then go back to the 70's. Does that help?
6:32PM on 07/31/2013

PREDICTION

Wolverine will have something to do with making a big scene that will cause the sentinels to be a prime choice for protection.
Wolvy won't know what he's going to do, but he's gonna have to try n stop...himself.
Cyclops will re...nah that's wishful thinking.
Beast injects himself with a serum that temporarily keeps him looking human.
Magneto is gonna f*** those sentinels up in the 70s.
First Class canon won't be effect while original trilogy is going to keep changing thoughout the film.
Wolverine will have something to do with making a big scene that will cause the sentinels to be a prime choice for protection.
Wolvy won't know what he's going to do, but he's gonna have to try n stop...himself.
Cyclops will re...nah that's wishful thinking.
Beast injects himself with a serum that temporarily keeps him looking human.
Magneto is gonna f*** those sentinels up in the 70s.
First Class canon won't be effect while original trilogy is going to keep changing thoughout the film.
Jean will...not be phoenix? lol
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6:56PM on 07/31/2013
There won't be two Wolverines. Wolverine's mind travel's back in time into his own body. There won't be sentinels in the 70s. Presumably something happens in the 70s that convinces Boliver Trask to create sentinels decades later. We don't know the details yet but Cyclops probably appears at the very end after the timeline has changed.
There won't be two Wolverines. Wolverine's mind travel's back in time into his own body. There won't be sentinels in the 70s. Presumably something happens in the 70s that convinces Boliver Trask to create sentinels decades later. We don't know the details yet but Cyclops probably appears at the very end after the timeline has changed.
5:18PM on 07/31/2013
I'm willing to bet that Jean Grey sent Cyclops into the future in their final scene together in Last Stand. Then when we get to the future with all of the sentinels, Cyclops will already be there with his own team ready to go.
I'm willing to bet that Jean Grey sent Cyclops into the future in their final scene together in Last Stand. Then when we get to the future with all of the sentinels, Cyclops will already be there with his own team ready to go.
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7:17PM on 07/31/2013
If only...
If only...
5:14PM on 07/31/2013
Out of everything that could happen with the x-men films, I do think this movie is the best possible scenario. First Class was great, but like all prequels you'd be limited to where you can go with any sequels. X-Men was a mess after Ratner's film, and Singer is doing his best to fix it. X2 is my favorite non-Batman comic book film, and it was made in 2003. To think what Singer can do with this universe with today's special effects gets me excited like a little kid. I only wish Cyclopse and
Out of everything that could happen with the x-men films, I do think this movie is the best possible scenario. First Class was great, but like all prequels you'd be limited to where you can go with any sequels. X-Men was a mess after Ratner's film, and Singer is doing his best to fix it. X2 is my favorite non-Batman comic book film, and it was made in 2003. To think what Singer can do with this universe with today's special effects gets me excited like a little kid. I only wish Cyclopse and Jean were back, but I bet he's saving that as a surprise towards the end of the movie (at least I hope so).
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7:19PM on 07/31/2013
So do every X-fans...
So do every X-fans...
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5:07PM on 07/31/2013
Honestly after The Wolverine, I'm genuinely quite excited for this flick. I'm excited not just because the cast is genuinely amazing, but because I'm curious to see how they're going to tie up all the continuity plot-holes that were made throughout the series. Something Singer said he was keeping a genuine eye on, and not just following X1, 2 and First Class, but taking every director's work into account.

Where Warners/DC seem to be throwing together whatever shit they can scramble in order
Honestly after The Wolverine, I'm genuinely quite excited for this flick. I'm excited not just because the cast is genuinely amazing, but because I'm curious to see how they're going to tie up all the continuity plot-holes that were made throughout the series. Something Singer said he was keeping a genuine eye on, and not just following X1, 2 and First Class, but taking every director's work into account.

Where Warners/DC seem to be throwing together whatever shit they can scramble in order to cash in on The Avengers, the X-Men universe seems to have actually taken a bit of a positive turn from Marvel's influence. I think they've realised that they were here first, and that they had a strong continuity going for them in the original trilogy, even if X3 wasn't up to par, and that the fans love seeing all of these things coming together to pay off in a well handled and respected fashion.

First Class didn't sever its ties enough to be a reboot. It used plot strands and scenes lifted DIRECTLY from the original trilogy, as well as make-up, character designs, locations and effects. It ballsed up the continuity, but I think Fox has realised what they truly have here, which is great characters, incredible actors, and a fantastic universe with a built-in audience and a capacity to grow over the years.

It was a bit of a pipe dream of mine that we had a better film for the original cast to go out on than X3, and another pipe dream that Jackman get a individual Wolvie film more worthy of his portrayal than Origins, and a third dream that this universe was somehow connected in a way that made (sci-fi) sense, be it alternate universes, time-travel or whatever without losing the great cast and story of First Class.

And to have all of these things happen within a year, by the guy that brought us the great first two movies and established this universe, is incredible. Watching Wolverine grief over the loss of Jean Grey felt like a natural follow on that I'd convinced myself I'd never get almost 6 years ago.
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7:20PM on 07/31/2013
It was reported that after Singer saw X-Men: The Last Stand that he went and shook hands with Ratner. Singer probably had low expectations and, as a director knowing how hard it is to make a movie, he was presumably relieved that it wasn't as bad as he had feared it was going to be. What if is had been absolute crap? What would he have done? Slapped Ratner in the face? Hmm. Maybe Singer was just being polite.

It was also reported that Singer was not happy with how First Class turned
It was reported that after Singer saw X-Men: The Last Stand that he went and shook hands with Ratner. Singer probably had low expectations and, as a director knowing how hard it is to make a movie, he was presumably relieved that it wasn't as bad as he had feared it was going to be. What if is had been absolute crap? What would he have done? Slapped Ratner in the face? Hmm. Maybe Singer was just being polite.

It was also reported that Singer was not happy with how First Class turned out. Vaughn did a great job and the movie was based on Singer's story so perhaps it was casting where he disagreed with Vaughn. Singer reportedly had Sigorney Weaver in mind for Frost but Vaughn hired January Jones who, while she had the right assets, could not act to save her life. January Jones won't be in DOFP.

Another report said that, after First Class was a success, Lauren Donner asked Singer if he wanted to direct X-Men 4 while Vaughn worked on the First Class sequel. Presumably that was what gave Singer the idea to combine the two, thus freeing Vaughn to go work on another movie.
7:59PM on 07/31/2013
I just know that recently he was quoted as saying

"Im taking into account every movie Im not just grabbing my first two movies and First Class and smashing them together. Im taking into account the entire universe as its been laid out so far on the screen, and really respecting it and trying to work with that. People took things in various directions, so theres some clean-up. But ultimately Im not just ignoring them either."

And that there will be a small element of "fixing
I just know that recently he was quoted as saying

"Im taking into account every movie Im not just grabbing my first two movies and First Class and smashing them together. Im taking into account the entire universe as its been laid out so far on the screen, and really respecting it and trying to work with that. People took things in various directions, so theres some clean-up. But ultimately Im not just ignoring them either."

And that there will be a small element of "fixing shit".

It is a shame that he bowed out at X3, especially for Superman Returns, but ultimately it's not X3 I have the biggest problem with. Yes it was a let down in terms of emotional pay offs, but it's still a somewhat logical canonical continuation. It was the chronological mess that came after that that put a downer on it for me, like X3 wasn't very good...so they just stopped bothering entirely.

There was a sense of return to form with First Class, I'm really hoping they can pull all of this together in DOFP. Even with The Wolverine, I felt like the grief he went through in that movie almost retroactively gave X3 a little bit more weight, which is a massive achievement considering.
5:01PM on 07/31/2013
With so many superhero films coming out over the next few years DOFP is one of the films I have the most faith in. Singer knows what he's doing with X-Men, I'm so happy he's back in the directors seat and the joining of the two generations should be awesome. Can. Not. Wait
With so many superhero films coming out over the next few years DOFP is one of the films I have the most faith in. Singer knows what he's doing with X-Men, I'm so happy he's back in the directors seat and the joining of the two generations should be awesome. Can. Not. Wait
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4:56PM on 07/31/2013
If Fox wants to build their own 'cinematic universe', they really need to get over Wolverine. The Avengers is working because the characters share screentime. Even Robert Downey, Jr. isn't being given other characters' storylines.

Having said that, I'm still eagerly looking forward to this movie.
If Fox wants to build their own 'cinematic universe', they really need to get over Wolverine. The Avengers is working because the characters share screentime. Even Robert Downey, Jr. isn't being given other characters' storylines.

Having said that, I'm still eagerly looking forward to this movie.
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6:04PM on 07/31/2013
Do you really think Downey isn't the straw that stirs the marvel drink. He is always front and center in every marvel movie he's been in so far. I think Fox is smart to be doing the same thing with wolverine who has been probably the most popular marvel comic book character out there for the last 20 years
Do you really think Downey isn't the straw that stirs the marvel drink. He is always front and center in every marvel movie he's been in so far. I think Fox is smart to be doing the same thing with wolverine who has been probably the most popular marvel comic book character out there for the last 20 years
7:05PM on 07/31/2013
Except he's taking a major story line from Hank Pym in Avengers 2.
Except he's taking a major story line from Hank Pym in Avengers 2.
7:27PM on 07/31/2013
LOL "Even Robert Downey, Jr. isn't being given other characters' storylines" Are you serious? Guess Pym never created Ultron. It was Stark all along. Read a comic book?
LOL "Even Robert Downey, Jr. isn't being given other characters' storylines" Are you serious? Guess Pym never created Ultron. It was Stark all along. Read a comic book?
10:11PM on 07/31/2013
I'm not totally up on the storyline for Avengers 2, so I'll give up that point. Still, Tony Stark is a main character, yet doesn't overshadow everyone else.
I'm not totally up on the storyline for Avengers 2, so I'll give up that point. Still, Tony Stark is a main character, yet doesn't overshadow everyone else.
11:27PM on 07/31/2013
I like Wolverine as much as the next guy, but I agree that they need to stop relying on him for everything in almost every movie. One of Marvel's strengths is that they created other well developed, complex characters that can and do carry successful franchises on their own, so they don't need Iron Man or RDJ to do everything in every movie that they do. With Fox it is Wolverine and a group of unimportant, underdeveloped costars. The only exception to that is First Class, and it created the
I like Wolverine as much as the next guy, but I agree that they need to stop relying on him for everything in almost every movie. One of Marvel's strengths is that they created other well developed, complex characters that can and do carry successful franchises on their own, so they don't need Iron Man or RDJ to do everything in every movie that they do. With Fox it is Wolverine and a group of unimportant, underdeveloped costars. The only exception to that is First Class, and it created the only characters in Fassbender's Magneto and McAvoy's Xavier that are interesting and important enough to carry films of their own.

Making Wolverine the time traveler in this story line seems like a huge mistake to me. He would have been much more interesting as a character recurring through time in the films. I hope Singer pulls it off, but this film seems like a clusterfuck of ideas and characters that they seem to be making up as they go along. Jackman wasn't even signed on to this film until well into pre-production, or maybe filming had already begun before he joined on, and what would the story have been if he decided not to do it?
3:54AM on 08/01/2013
He's right - but yea Tony is probably being given the Ultron line but the creation of Ultron is so minor versus the result.

Wolverine is definitely too focused on, the problem is he's not nearly as fun as Iron Man. I'm a huge fan and even I can admit that.
He's right - but yea Tony is probably being given the Ultron line but the creation of Ultron is so minor versus the result.

Wolverine is definitely too focused on, the problem is he's not nearly as fun as Iron Man. I'm a huge fan and even I can admit that.
4:48PM on 07/31/2013
Singer is going to deliver us one hell of a film. Really excited to see the old cast and new cast together in hopefully many scenes with one another. Especially scenes with young/old Profeesor X and Magneto.

And also excited to see how Wolverine gets what he "lost" in The Wolverine back.
Singer is going to deliver us one hell of a film. Really excited to see the old cast and new cast together in hopefully many scenes with one another. Especially scenes with young/old Profeesor X and Magneto.

And also excited to see how Wolverine gets what he "lost" in The Wolverine back.
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7:31PM on 07/31/2013
Or we may go completely the other way and have a Wolverine with no adamantium and no loss of memories. Seriously, all Wolverine would have to do is leave a note that says "Don't trust Silver Fox: she's working for Stryker. She will fake her own death in order to get you to agree to do what he wants." Maybe he can tattoo it on his arm or something so he won't forget.
Or we may go completely the other way and have a Wolverine with no adamantium and no loss of memories. Seriously, all Wolverine would have to do is leave a note that says "Don't trust Silver Fox: she's working for Stryker. She will fake her own death in order to get you to agree to do what he wants." Maybe he can tattoo it on his arm or something so he won't forget.
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